Music producers oversee the development of songs. They ensure that musicians' and investors' visions for a song are fulfilled in terms of vocals, sound effects and instrumental arrangements. Technical skills are necessary to operate soundboards, playback tracks and utilize requisite computer software to edit sound. Management duties involve booking compatible background vocalists and/or session musicians, coordinating studio time and hiring sound engineers to mix and master final recordings.
A music producer also must interact well with others to ensure that everyone involved with a track or album shares a vision for success. They should also have the ability to articulate complex musical concepts in simple terms and tactfully resolve creative differences.
Music Producer Degrees needed
Career Information At a Glance
Music or record producers coach musicians, schedule recording sessions, oversee budgets and provide instruments. See the chart below for an overview of what you might want to know about becoming a music producer.
Degree Required Bachelor's degree preferred; master's degree programs available.
Training Required Music producers typically have several years of experience.
Education Field of Study Fine arts, music production, sound engineering.
Key Skills Leadership and coaching, musical direction, funding, and negotiation.
Job Growth and Salary
Job Growth (2012-2022) 5% (all music directors and composers)*
Average Salary (2013) $54,560 (all music directors and composers)*
MTSU Recording Industry.
Created with input from music industry professionals and the leading industry associations, MTSU’s innovative Recording Industry curriculum is a cutting-edge program that helps blaze a tailor-made path for its students into any of the many rewarding careers of Tennessee’s robust music industries. Examples include:
- Audio Editor
- Audio Stage Technician
- Forensics Media Consultant
- Live Sound Engineer
- Mastering Engineer
- Mix Engineer
- Recording Engineer
- Studio Designer
- Studio Manager
Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978), better known by his stage name Diplo, is a Grammy-nominated American DJ, music producer, rapper and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. He founded and manages record company Mad Decent, as well as co-founding the non-profit organization Heaps Decent. Among other jobs, he has worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia. He is also the co-creator and lead member of the electronic dancehall music project, Major Lazer. His 2013 EP Revolution debuted at number 68 on the US Billboard 200.
During his rise to fame, Diplo worked with British musician M.I.A., an artist who is credited with giving him exposure in his early career. Later, he and fellow M.I.A. producerSwitch created a Jamaican dancehall project titled Major Lazer. Since then, Diplo has worked on production and mixtape projects with many other notable pop artists, such as Britney Spears, Beyoncé, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Usher, Snoop Dogg, CL and G-Dragon. His alias, short for Diplodocus, derives from his childhood fascination with dinosaurs. Currently he has been working on Madonna's upcoming album Rebel Heart and has collaborated with Skrillex to create the group Jack Ü.
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Jeff Abel, better known by his stage name Excision, is a Canadian dubstep producer and DJ.
Excision frequently works with fellow Canadian dubstep producers Datsik and Downlink. Along with Downlink, he is the founder of Rottun Recordings. Active since 2004, his first release was in 2007. He had released an annual "Shambhala" mix album in the third quarter of each year. He also is known for his watts of bass tours.
Abel recently founded another label "Destroid Music", upon its debut release a full length digital album was released with the majority of tracks by Excision himself and collaborations with other artists such as Downlink, Space Laces, Far Too Loud, Bassnectar and Ajapai. Another single was released in December 2013 by Excision & Space Laces entitled "Get Stupid". There are more releases scheduled to be released on Destroid Music.