How to Create a Music Producer's Bio

By Dave Stanley
Chronicling a music producer's body of work should include information on his technical savvy as well.

Creating a bio for a music producer depends on whom you're writing for and what the goal is. For instance, if it's an up-and-coming producer, it may be for simple self-promotion and garnering new acts to produce. Or, if it's a established producer, you may need to focus on career highlights. Ideally, the bio for a music producer will include a list of artists produced along with featuring his technical and engineering ability.

Learn the criteria of the bio and whom you're writing for. For example, is it for a casual fan reading a music magazine or is it for a trade convention? If it's the latter, then a laundry list of musicians the producer has worked with may simply be an aside, as the focus should be on his innovative recording techniques, if applicable. However, if it's a producer who is looking to promote himself and drum up business, then a little name dropping might be in order.

Collect the information about the producer. If the resume isn't extensive, include the minutiae that both makes her look good and is relevant to the bio. For instance, say she was a well-known studio engineer before she took the helm as producer. Mention how she always found a way to get the artist the exact sound he wanted, if that's the case. On the other hand, if the producer has been around awhile, focus on the highlights of her career and avoid a tedious, blow-by-blow account of the resume.

Tie in biographical information that relates only to the music. Granted, you should include personal information, but try to keep it pertinent to his music career. You don't want to bog down what you write with irrelevant information about, say, his third-grade hobbies. For example, if the producer played in a band before landing his current production job, mention it only if he had a reputation for being more interested in the technical aspects of the studio back then.

Condense the facts to fit the bio on one page, as this is generally an adequate length. Remember, you're not writing a book on her; you're simply summing up her career highlights in such a way that they can be read in a few minutes. Chronological order is important, but feel free to begin with something creative that encapsulates what drives the producer and makes her tick. Then, go on to list the accomplishments.

Tip

Gather or take professional photos of the producer if it's more than just a bio, and say, a full promo pack.

About the Author

Dave Stanley has covered sports, music and hard news since 2000. He has been published on CBSSports.com and various other websites. Stanley is also a feature writer for "WhatsUp!" magazine in Bellingham, Wash. He studied journalism at the University of Memphis.