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Mike Thompson shares five tips for aspiring producers in the music industry

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(Mike Thompson with Tim Jeanneret of BLOOM)

Record producer Mike Thompson of Hexproof music took the time to give artists and aspiring producers five valuable tips to make it in the music industry and vastly improve their workflow. Keep reading to learn more.

 

Don’t underestimate the power of a good melodic hook.

 

One of the best ways to approach music production is to start with a part that would become a central melodic hook. This section will get people interested in listening (hence the name “hook!”), so it is crucial to nail it and make sure that the whole production highlights a significant melodic part, be it an incredible vocal or an instrumental hook.

 

Don’t panic: there is always a solution!

 

Many producers might end up getting overwhelmed when things aren’t going according to plan. However, it is essential to avoid panicking when making music! If things aren’t going according to your original plan, well…who cares? Follow the music, and let it flow wherever he wants to go. Sometimes, music is a little bit like running water, as in it will follow gravity and go wherever it can, even if you expect it to channel it in different ways.

 

Listen to other producers, and learn from them.

 

A good producer should always be tuned to other music to get a good idea of what’s going on. Listening to other artists and producers is always a good idea to grow artistically and technically. It can also be a great idea to listen to producers who do something completely different than what you do because learning techniques and different mindsets from other styles of productions can always be helpful. For example, producers like Steve Albini and Deadmau5 might have almost nothing in common creatively or stylistically. Still, you can certainly learn valuable lessons from both of them, regardless of what you are trying to accomplish with your sound.

Don’t be afraid to be who you are

 

It might be tempting to follow other people’s presets, rules, and standard approaches as a music producer. However, it is also essential to go out on a limb and develop your style. Don’t get too caught up in following rules or doing things just because you read on an audio blog that that’s what you’re supposed to do.

 

Don’t forget to have fun.

 

Last but not least, always remember why you started with music in the first place, and have some fun!