1 Make a schedule and stick to it: Having dedicated time to work on your beats every day — that’s right, every single day, sometimes more than once — is key to becoming a successful music producer. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you lack the willpower and time management skills, the odds aren’t in your favor in this competitive industry. Think about how badly you want this, and remember that energy in equals energy out. You’ll reap the rewards of your hard work in due time. Our advice is to practice your craft at the same time each day. If you find you’re more creative in the mornings, set your alarm for several hours earlier than you normally would to make the most of that time. If afternoons or evenings are your most creative hours, that’s ok, too. Find out what works best for you and go all in!
2 Minimize distractions and time-wasters:
Identify and eradicate your time-wasters. These days, probably more than ever, there are limitless distractions that will keep you from greatness. If you want to be a successful music producer, but you lose hours a day to vapid social media scrolling or addictive Netflix cliffhangers, it’s time to reevaluate your goals. These distractions are guaranteed to negatively impact your future as a music producer. There’s no room for mediocrity in this industry, so ensure you’re cutting out anything that keeps you from making music. Goodbye social media, hello success.
3 Expand your horizons: Another helpful habit for success for an up-and-coming music producer is to constantly seek inspiration outside of your go-to’s. This world is full of wonderful music of endless variety. Familiarize yourself with as much as you possibly can. Watch how your own music expands and you reach new layers of creativity when you broaden your musical horizons beyond your own specific genre.
4 Learn a new musical instrument: What better way to enhance your musical palate than by learning another instrument? By expanding your repertoire, you’re making yourself far more valuable and musically literate. Learning a new instrument can help add more diverse, unique dimensions to your beats. Consider this habit for success and see how gaining new skills can take you to higher levels in your career as a music producer.
5 Capitalize on ‘being in the mood’: As we mentioned earlier, if your creative energy tends to hit you the hardest in the morning, make mornings your go-to time for creating and producing beats. This being said, never miss the opportunity to create when the mood strikes! Be ready to drop what you’re doing and put down an idea when it comes to you, even if it’s mid-conversation, while you’re in the shower, or while you’re making dinner. Don’t waste an opportunity when it strikes!
6 Get the right equipment: An important habit for success is saving up for high-quality equipment. Don’t skimp on things that matter when it comes to your musical equipment. Make intelligent investments based on your creative intentions. Take advantage of any deals, by all means, but be willing to devote a significant amount of money to get results you (and others) can get behind.
7 Take kindly to feedback: It’s human to feel discouraged when you’re not validated for your efforts, and it’s important to be excited about the beats you create and the music you produce, but don’t let your ego get in the way of your ability to take constructive criticism. Share your music with people whose opinions you respect and genuinely listen to what they’re saying when they give you advice. When they point out potential areas of improvement, take it to heart and make those changes. The more you learn and grow, the better your music will be.
8 “Wisest is he who knows he does not know”: Socrates’ wisdom still applies today. You’re finished in this life when you think you have nothing left to learn, so as a producer, you should act accordingly! Learning new techniques in this ever-evolving industry keeps your beats creatively fresh and continues to push your musical abilities to new heights. Never be afraid to be a student. A key habit for success is to make sure your ego doesn’t lead to creative decline in any way, shape, or form. There’s always more to learn — read more books, listen to diverse artists, collaborate with other musicians, and enroll in music courses. You’ll be amazed to see how that benefits your music production process.
9 Surround yourself with talented people who share your goals: One of the habits for success that cannot be overlooked is to keep company with others who have similar goals. The people you surround yourself with can make or break your career in many cases, so choose your company wisely!
10 Stay positive: Don’t let negative feedback or feelings of inadequacy stop you from creating. Believe in yourself and your ability to bring something special to the table. If you’re on this path, you’re here for a reason. Be kind to yourself and respect your hustle. Failing is inevitable, so don’t let it get you down. You’re not going to get this perfectly on your first try. Stick with it and believe in the process, let it motivate you and help you to make your next stab at producing that much better. Becoming a successful music producer is a journey.
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