What Does It Takes to Be a Music Producer?

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Being a music producer takes a careful attention to detail and requires an understanding of the best way to put a song together. Find out how important it is for a band to have a good music producer with information from a musician and band member in this free video on music careers.

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This next clip, we're going to talk about what it takes to be a good producer. Just to let you know, being a music producer is probably one of the hardest things you can do when it comes to music. It's a very complicated and a very detailed process. So, if you're not really that way, then, usually you know whether you are or you're not a producer. It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of attention to detail that a lot of people don't have when it comes to listening to music. And, usually, you know if you have it or not. There are a lot of producers out there that are very talented, that make very good records. They have a really good understanding of how to put a song together where it's pleasant to listen to, can be a hit on the radio, that people will enjoy. And it's not an easy thing, a lot goes into being a producer. I mean, you have to, like I said, be really - the attention to detail when it comes to a lot of things is really important. When you're creating a song, there is a lot that goes into creating a song when you're putting a song together. You record all the stuff, you lay it all down, but then one thing a producer does that's really his job, he takes all those different parts, all the guitar part, the drum part, the bass part, the cello part, the saxophone part, it doesn't matter what it is, and he has to take all these parts and put it together to make a whole, which is not easy and a lot of work goes into it. A couple of examples of really good producers are like a guy like Pharrell or even Steven Jenkins from Third Eye Blind, who have a lot of talent and who can really add a lot to a song. You can be a band and have an idea of what your song is going to sound like, but a really talented producer can come in there and give really good suggestions and say well, maybe we should add this part or maybe we should do this or take this part out or do that, and change your songs in ways you never would have thought to do, which can really enhance your song, which is a good thing. And, sometimes, it's hard to deal with this because sometimes, your song's your own and you want it to be the way you want it to be. But sometimes, you have to realize that there are guys out there who are very talented, who can take your song and make it even better than you even made it originally. So, those are a few of the qualities that a good music producer has.

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