How To Get Started In The Music Industry
So you want to get started in the music industry. Now,
what exactly do you want to do? Do you want to be center stage with
a mic in hand, belting at lyrics that somebody else wrote? Do you want
to be in the back, hanging your head and playing bass guitar? Or do
you want to do something a bit more behind the scenes? Do you want to
be a songwriter, a recording engineer, a live sound engineer, or a producer?
Music is a wide and varied thing – so is the path to get into
the music industry. If you want to get started in the music industry,
you first need to decide what it is that you want to do. The road to
the spotlight is different that the road to backstage left.
If you want to be a solo artist, you need to have more than just a
fantastic voice. You have to be able to inspire an emotional connection.
People need to want to be around you. People need to be drawn to you
because of the way you act, the way you look, the way you make people
If you want to have a band, you need to be a great singer, a great
songwriter, a great musician, and a fantastic showman. You have to have
it all. You need to be able to lead your band without them resenting
you – you need to be able to lead your band and get them to play
great music. You need to rehearse.
Recording engineers may not seem like they are front and center in
the music industry, but they play a very important part. You will be
very lucky if you get the chance to become a recording engineer –
but if you do get the chance, you will need to be very dedicated to
be sure to learn your new trade properly. To become a recording engineer,
you need to take a few audio courses – it can be very good to
take a course that offers an internship. Once you have taking audio
courses or done an internship (and thereby proven your dedication to
the trade), you can start writing letters to studios – this is
how recording engineers get in. If you do not hear back from a studio,
you can write them again or go in and talk with them. Once you become
a recording engineer, it is easier to progress to becoming a producer.
Sure, it sounds great to be a record producer, but there is a lot to
it. It is a lot of work. It is just as difficult as becoming a film
director. The steps to becoming a record producer are long and varied
– to long and varied to fit into this article.
So, the first step in breaking into the music industry is deciding
what you want to do. Perhaps you have always thought that you want to
be the lead singer in the band, but maybe you would be just as satisfied
being a live sound engineer. Perhaps you would be just as happy working
in a music store.