You’re ready to take your songs to the next level – but you don’t know where to start. That’s okay! Producers are out there to help you do exactly that. They often have the vision and connections to bring your songs to life!
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
If you are hiring a producer, most producers have their own studio and recording space. They come as a package deal and you get to use their space along with hiring them. When you go this route, usually the quote you get will be an all-in-price for the songs from start to finish. It can include:
- Session players
It’s important you know exactly what you’re getting from the producer you hire so you can budget for whatever you aren’t getting!
If you only want to hire the producer for producing, they will have a per song rate for that as well. This is great if you want them to come into the studio or your space to direct the creative process.
THE RIGHT FIT
Just because your favorite band used Producer X, doesn’t mean Producer X is a good fit for you! Make sure you shop around for producers and keep an open mind. Having a good relationship is important. Find someone who is willing to work with you for a product you both can be proud of.
Before you give anyone your hard earned money here are four things you should do to vett a potential producer.
- Listen to their portfolio
- Discuss the project
- Check out their space (if applicable)
- Get references
There is nothing worse than paying someone you end up not getting along with and doesn’t deliver the result you want. Some diligence on your part and having a conversation or two usually enough to figure out if you will work well together or not.
If they won’t give you their time to discuss the project, I usually take that as a red flag and move on.
BIG NAME BUDGET
So are you just doing your first record? Or is this thing going out to a million fans? One of the biggest deciding factors on who you hire might be your budget. If you’re just starting out, you might end up with a producer that’s just starting out too. But that’s okay! – I’ve heard tons of stories where a smaller band hired a smaller producer and the band and producer blew up together!
Oftentimes depending on how much you need to hire out, a package deal can be cheaper than doing everything individually. This can be attractive for solo artists, as they don’t need to orchestrate an entire band into the studio themselves!
READY TO PRESS RECORD?
Hiring a producer isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Make sure you identify your needs before you hire anyone! By telling the producer exactly what you need there will be no surprises for anyone down the way!
Do you know any awesome producers? Leave some love for them in the comments section!