These days, music producers must wear many hats. There was a time when having extensive knowledge of recording techniques was sufficient to make someone a good producer, but things have changed. There are many different aspects involved in music producers new role in the music industry. A good producer must be a well-rounded recording industry professional.
The recording industry has gone through many changes in the past two decades. With the growth of the internet and digital releases, the entire landscape has changed. Radio play and the sales of physical copies of records have much less importance than they used to. Most fans hear new music by downloading it or going to YouTube, and viral marketing has taken on a great deal of importance.
The role of a Hip Hop producer has changed just as much as the industry itself. There are a number of new hats the producer must wear, involving many facets of an artist’s career. Here a few of the things he or she must be familiar with. This list is not exhaustive, but it gives a good overview of the things that are of the greatest concern. A music producer must also be:
1. Recording engineer. A good producer must know about both classic and new techniques for recording music. He or she needs to stay informed about the latest technology, while knowing which classic techniques are still viable. This is necessary to advise the artist, and to make decisions about how to bring the best sound to the material. This is something that has always been a big part of a producer’s job. That has not changed.
2. A musician. It is important for anyone in a management position to know about the jobs that they supervise. The best producers are musicians themselves, which helps them to advise their artists from a knowledgeable standpoint. Knowing about the raw music, which is the basic building block for the polished recording, will be incredibly beneficial, and will give the artists more respect for your opinions.
3. A & R executive. As a Hip Hop producer, one must also be an artist & repertoire executive. Aspects of this role include scouting out new talent, working as a liaison between record labels and artists, and helping the artists to develop and grow in their craft. An A & R exec oversees the creative process as an album is developed.
4. Marketing Expert. Marketing is also a part of producing. The digital age has made this aspect even more important. You need to be able to help your artists with social media, branding, interviews, public image, and everything else involved with projecting their desired persona to the world. There was a time when marketing was more narrow than it is currently. The internet has transformed it into a 24-hour a day, 7-day a week opportunity.
These are just a few of the hats that music producers must wear. In an industry that is constantly changing, there are new responsibilities and issues arising every day for producers to deal with. Staying abreast of these changes is one of the most important things you can do as a professional. You should always be striving to understand new dimensions of the work that you do and the industry in which you do it.
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