For an aspiring independent musician, music production can be a baffling process. You might have spent hours, days, weeks and months preparing, writing and rehearsing your tracks. But what are your next steps when it comes to recording? You might be asking – “do I need a music producer?” “How much should I pay?” These are all very important things to think about, but we’ve got some advice to get you started (and loads of great producers on Twine for you to choose from!)
To put it simply, a music producer’s job is to make your tracks sound better and help you make decisions about your music. They’re less emotionally invested, so they can give you an objective opinion that you might struggle to come to on your own. In reality though, there’s lots involved in a producer’s job. They might start in the pre-production phase, helping you pick your best songs and fine-tuning them before you even get in the recording studio. They’ll help find you a studio to work in, book it and when recording starts they’ll oversee it. Some might even help with marketing your track when it’s finished.
Production doesn’t come cheap though. It’s an extensive process (we’re talking many hours of labour), and for high end professional work in the UK you’re looking at between £2000-£10,000 per track (and way way above that for big releases!) Even on the low end, you could be spending £300-£1000 a song. This calculator is useful for giving you a clearer idea of exact figures. It’s worth bearing in mind that cost can vary by genre too – hip-hop producers tend to charge more as they’re often featured as a selling point for the track.
If you’re a new artist or band, working on a small release, you can probably cut a few corners. For one, you might only need your music producer to supervise certain parts of the process. If money’s tight, independent artists frequently self-produce – bedroom studios are on the rise and it’s definitely possible to self-produce high calibre music. This is easier if you’re a band as well, as you’re likely to all have different skills and knowledge.
Ultimately though, the value of a music producer can’t really be overstated so if you can afford one it’s definitely worth investing. You might have to shell out some cash, but having a producer can seriously change the quality of an album, and they can give you valuable, experienced insight into the music industry as a whole. Basically, chances are they know more than you and your album will come out more polished.
If you’re in the market for a music producer, we’ve got loads of great freelance producers looking for work on Twine – simply get your brief up on the project board and wait for the pitches to come flooding in. We make finding a great producer effortless. You’ve got loads of choice from a whole community of talented creatives and with our shiny new ratings system you can see what other people think of their work. The icing on the cake? Our payments system is quick, easy and very secure. Find out more by clicking here.