Good morning all!~ It’s 9:30 am EST, and I’m preparing for an early morning session. We usually start around 10:00 am. Yeah I know.. to early to blast some music, and you are feeling for the neighbors. No need to worry…. this is not an ordinary session. I am renting my studio to a hot producer, as well as teaching him how to use software. I don’t charge much, 1/2 price of the average recording session, and it works great for both of us.
There are tons of ways to make money while pressing on to that multi platinum production deal. Although we’d all like to do music just because we love to, I don’t see anything wrong with making a few dollars along the way. Especially when there is equipment to buy and software to upgrade.
I’d like to share with you a few ways I am supporting my career. I realize that not every producer can do everything, but there are many that you can learn to do.
1.Sell and Lease Beats:
( this will be the longest to explain)
Well you can see across the net this has become super popular for producers. I sold my first beat in 2002 for $50.00 exclusive rights. Yup I started affordable, and I began to build my resume fast. Today my prices have grown with my resume. It’s really up to you on how much you want to sell your music, and where you’d like your music career to go. You will see I lease beats very low. I did not settle on this for a looooong time because like all us producers, my music is priceless ….(thats a little truth and jokey joke :-)).. Seriously, I love to make songs, not just beats. We are all semi local at this point. Not all emcees have money to buy beats at exclusive prices, and who but industry artist would pay 350.00 for a mixtape beat?
This can be a very touchy subject. Music and money, eew! lol…I love to do music/ art, and music is my career. I value my music, and I value my career. If I wait around until I get the Jay Z’s, T.I.’s, and Lil Wayne’s, that means I’d have to work a 9-5 until they compensate me fairly. There is nothing wrong with that, and I have done 9-5, even 12- 12.. since I was 14 with a work permit. Today music happens to be my job as well as expression. This means I have to make money to eat, pay mortgage, buy gas, and up keep the studio,all from music/art.
I have also learned that people value services they pay for more than what’s given for free. Imagine one of your friends saying ” I will buy you a full tank of gas to drive me around the city”. Most likely they would “expect” you to take them a lot of places covering several miles. You would probably drive any route, not thinking about short cuts etc., just enjoying the ride.To your friend there would be a certain “value” on your service. Now if “YOU” paid for the gas, I am sure there would be less stops, and less miles covered. Your friend wouldn’t expect you to burn your full tank, and you may think about the shortest routes to save your gas. Your friend may not think twice about your gas, but YOU would place a certain value on what you paid for…
Although I do work with artist for free a lot, I notice when they lease or buy music, the songs seem to get completed faster and efficiently. My production is as important to them as it is to me. I also give back to local artist by going to shows, and buying cd’s. For my online artist, I offer promotion on the various music sites I am affiliated with. Leasing and selling turns out to be a win win situation for both me and the artist. ( woo glad that’s out )…
2. Studio Sessions:
I honestly don’t like engineering recording sessions, but it’s one of the things I am learning. Local sessions run between $ 25 and $ 125.00 per hour. Since I don’t record vocals, I rent my studio to a few who have skills but not the equipment they’d like.
3.Design Cd Covers/ Graphics
Can’t draw? No problem there are several cool programs that cost about 30.00 which can get you on your way to doing cd covers. I started with PrintShop Deluxe 22
Very easy to learn and use. It works for mix cd covers, business cards, banners etc.
4.Created Some Hooks/ Became Songwriter
Yes, if you have the skills to create catchy hooks, put them to work. If you know you write hot 16’s, or beautiful love songs, artist often need these as much as the beat.
Last but not least for todays post..
5. Started My Own Website
You are reading the newest addition to my income. Although this site is a baby, it has started helping to keep my studio running too. You will notice sponsors, and adverts have been added, along with the beats and drum kits. So when you get your site up and running by all means check out the networks and sponsors.
Okay so there is no need to be a starving producer now :-)..Keep in mind these are just a few ideas and they work for me. This isn’t the complete list..I mean you remember I puppy sit too ;-)… lol
What about you? Have anything to share with other producers and artist?… feel free to comment below ….
Happy Beat Making To All..
Pz Til Later