You know what you are doing when it comes to making music but now you are ready to step up and make a better sounding project so you need to find a music producer to help you. The good thing is that you are honest with yourself. You know when you listen to your music and then you listen to what is on the radio you know that your sound needs to improve. I'm going to give you some advice on how to find the best music producers to help you on your next album.
1. Talk to other local musicians
This is probably the most obvious option that I will share with and that is to ask other artist like yourself who do they work with. Most won't have a problem sharing that information because it will probably get them a discount on their next session if they refer a new customer to their producer.
Only use this option for musicians that you actually like how their music sounds. The next thing you are going to want to ask is what is their cost and what are they like to work with. The personality of the music producers you need to find needs to match with yours because chemistry is very important when it comes to making music.
2. I Don't Know Any Local Artist
If you don't know anyone that makes music in your city or county, let me just say that you need to get out more. Musicians are like birds, they fly together. So start going to talent shows and artist display shows so you can here what some of the locals sound like. Just start talking to other bands and artist that make the same music you do. All you have to do is ask about their music producer. And if they don't have one ask if they know of any. Ladies and gents it's really that simple.
I Don't Want to Go Out and Network
But with that being said you don't have time to go out and make connections, "this is why God invented the internet", you need to do some online networking and it is so easy. Here are the steps to find local music producers on facebook.
3. Search for local studios
This will be the mot effective method of finding a music producer and that is to actually contact local music studios. Just do a search on your phone for local music studios, call them up and ask do they recommend any music producers that you can work with and I guarantee you that they will say yes. Now there are a few questions that you will need to ask them before you make a decision on which producer you will be working with.
Questions You Should Ask Music Studios
I recommend that you call around to at least 5 studios so you can get as many recommendations as possible.
4. Go to Your Local Music Stores
The question you need to ask yourself is where do music producers go to buy their equipment. I know that most people just order stuff online today but their are still a select few that actually get in their car and drive to a music store to buy their equipment. But I am not saying just start talking to people at the shop, because that can be a little weird. you really want to connect with the people who actually work at the store. They will help you find a music producer.
What I learned about music shops is that 90 percent of the people that work their are either an artist or sound engineer. These people can either help you find a producer for your next project or they are the producer for your next album. Also most music shops have a studio inside the store so if you decide to record their, you will get a quality sound because they have all of the equipment needed, just something to think about.
5. Follow The Bread Crumbs
Success always leaves a trail of bread crumbs that you can follow. So if their are any artist in your local city that have made it to the big leagues, find out who were the producers that they were working with early in their career and reach out to them. Why do I say early in their career, only because their prices may be more reasonable.
What I found is that local guys have local guy prices, which tend to be be lower than the national average. You can launch your career off to a great start with a local super producer. Many have done this in the past and will continue to do so. Just make sure you are the next one to do so.
How can I find there music producers? Just do a wiki search and look for the album credits of a local artist that has made it big time. And simply look for their music producers. Or you can just hit up some of those facebook groups I told you to join earlier and ask them if they know who produced the early albums of the local artist.
What if the local music producer is now a major producer nationally known? Well, you still should reach out to them because you would be surprised to know how many producers love to help people from their hometown. Yes it will be harder to get in contact with them but it is not impossible.
The first thing you should do is find all of their social media profiles and send them a message. Next visit their website to get their email address and possible phone number and reach out to them that way.
6. Join Music Producer Networking Websites
There are tons of websites that music producers actually have where they network and sale their music on places like Airbit. I know I saved the best method for last, so I am sorry if you read through the entire article.
These music producers sites are for people like you and what's so great about them is that you can search for local music producers as well. So if you only want to work with local music producers just filter your searches. The great feature about these platforms is that their music is already on display and the prices that they charge. So it's like a buffet line of music producers you can choose from.
Here are two more you websites you can join to start searching for NoiseCreators.com and SoundBetter.com. But I must you know that each network you find, they are not all the same. Some are better than others but you just have to play around inside of them until you find one that works for you.
The bottom line is you have to do your research and not be lazy. Don't just settle with the first producer that is willing to work with you. Remember if you are going to spend money to make this happen you are a customer. So shop around for the best price and quality.
Most importantly make sure you find a producer that has made music similar to what you are trying to create on your next album. So do your homework and checkout their previous work. So get out there and make this happen for yourself.