Music producers are critical elements in the process of recording music. A producer can take on a number of responsibilities that include overseeing songwriting, arranging and sound engineering with the ultimate aim of helping musicians achieve their vision. A producer also acts as a mentor who directs musical performance in the studio and creatively adapts ideas to increase marketability. While the music producer has lots of enviable responsibilities in the music industry, the position can also be a harsh road full of fierce competition and financial uncertainty.
Advantage: The Passion of the People
The music industry is full of enthusiasts who have an immense passion for music and spend every moment of their lives immersed in it. Not many people are lucky enough to be able to turn their hobby into a job, so when they succeed in doing so, the passion is palpable. This makes an electric and emotional environment to work in. People working the music industry are there because they want to be, not because they have to be, and to them, it rarely feels like work.
Advantage: Being in Control
If you're the type of person who resents working for "the man," music production could be your dream job. Being in control of your working hours, your creative output and your finances is liberating. You may find that being motivated purely by your own goals and the success of the music you are producing makes the process far more rewarding than working for somebody else.
The music industry has its perks. If you love music, then you are going to love being in a studio surrounded by the equipment and the potential. You also may receive free music, invitations to live gigs or preview shows, exclusive album release parties and even awards shows like the Grammy's. If you're lucky, you might also find yourself rubbing shoulders with the likes of record label executives, famous musicians and celebrities.
While there are clear advantages to the lifestyle associated with being a music producer, you're not the only one who has had the same idea. Music production is one of the most competitive lines of work in the music industry. Controlling your income also means you only get paid for the hours you work. The work can also be inconsistent, which also means your cash flow might be as well. Even with the musical "ear" and talent to succeed, it is not an easy road, and it will likely be a financial struggle for the first few years at least.
Rachel Miller is an online and print journalist, copywriter and editor with more than five years of experience. She has written content for numerous online and print publications, including Sony Music Australia's website, bandit.fm and "Paws" magazine, a publication of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Miller holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Queensland in Australia.