4 Reasons Why You Won’t Make it as a Music Producer
I am a huge advocate of increasing your chances for success, so it important to me to learn the pitfalls associated with a career path so that you can navigate those obstacles as you face them. There are many reasons why you might not make it as a Music Producer, but here are four mistakes I see people making everyday.
You Don’t Love It
People think that just because they start making beats they will be rich and famous within a year, and that is simply just not the case. Yes, you hear the occasional story of someone who starts off in something, has a natural talent for it and finds themselves swimming in success shortly after, but those cases are very rare.
You may have heard the phrase “it takes ten years to become an overnight success.” It took me a solid 6 years to do anything worth talking about in music, and another 3 years beyond that before I had something I could really hang my hat on in terms of living off my music and creativity.
The possibility of what you can build will get you started. It will have you in the music store buying gear or setting up a beat store, but the LOVE of what you do will get you through the hard times when you’re broke and nothing seems to be going your way. If you don’t love it, you will undoubtedly quit when times get hard and move on to the next fad in your life.
The Long Game
Not loving what you do will make it infinitely hard to play the long game. I always think about what my life will look like 5 or 10 years from now, and then I walk it back to present day and what I can do in this moment to build for years down the road, I am in this for the long run.
You have to keep moving forward, keep building your foundation, keep connecting with people — growing your network of both peers and fans. Who you have around you and who supports you is just as much if not more important than whatever project you are currently working on. People will forget what you did 3 years ago, but they will never forget how you made them feel or if you screwed them over for a quick buck.
Don’t ever let a short sighted state of mind ruin your chances for longevity. Move with integrity, do what you say you will and get better every day, that is how you play the long game.
Not Willing to Invest in Yourself
If you are not willing to invest in yourself, you have already lost. You’d be surprised how many people don’t read books. Just by reading a book you put yourself ahead of so many people with the knowledge you gain.
It is now easier than ever to read. I personally use Audible, and read at least 1 book per month. Last year I read nearly 30 books. If you have money to waste on going out every weekend or buying whatever new sneaker is coming out next week, you have $13 to spend on an Audible account.
I can not stress how important it is to invest in yourself. If I were an investor or looking to mentor someone, I would ask them what are the last 5 books you read and what did you learn from them. If they couldn’t answer that, I wouldn’t invest or mentor them because I know they aren’t serious about themselves, so why should I be?
Finally, you have no style. I see so many beatmakers online selling “type” beats. That is fine if this is just a hobby for you looking to pick up an extra $20 here and there, but if you are actually serious about building career you have develop your own style.
Trends come and go, but if you are building a name for yourself with your own style, you will be able to stick around longer. Yes, it is fine to learn from what is going on at the current time and pull inspiration from that, but if you are trying to build a career from making material that sounds like what is popular on the moment, it will be very difficult.
This of course ties back into playing the long game, think how you want your career to look and walk it back to present day, then do the work to get to where you want to be. Create your own type.
I hope this helps and you gain value from it. If you have any question, please hit me up on Instagram.
Also, check out my guide on making better beat making videos on Instagram (click here). Remember, if you don’t invest in yourself and build your skills, don’t expect anyone else to invest in you.