Tips For Finding The Right Hip Hop Producers
There is a
lot of talk these days about doing everything on your own and
producing hip hop from the comfort of your home with the
However the truth is that it is very rare to come across
a successful record made without the help of a good hip hop
Naturally the challenge is in being able to
find not only a qualified producer but one who is just right for
You are unlikely to ever succeed without successfully
navigating past this major initial hurdle that virtually every career has
to go through.
Here are 7 valuable tips that will make a
difference when looking for hip hop producers to help you become the next big thing in the
1. Look for
It's okay if your producer is crazy about
your music but at the end of the day what will help you is their ability to
This is one of the most critical roles of a producer.
Indeed it is very possible to put everything together on your own and end
up with something pretty decent but you will almost always end up
programming yourself for failure in a highly competitive industry because
your work will have lacked the huge benefits that objectivity always brings
to any talent.
Usually true objectivity will only be found in a producer
with wide and varied experience.
2. Make sure you listen to as much of
their previous work as you possibly can
Many artists and performers make the mistake
of going with the first qualified hip hop producer they come
Especially if they have come highly recommended by
somebody they know.
This could be a grave mistake because every producer has
their own style and way of doing things.
Be patient enough to consider several and
take a critical look at all their work, no matter how successful it has
been out there.
This should give you a very good idea of how things will
progress working with them and what kind of final product they are capable
3. Is he the right producer for your
Hip hop typically uses drum machines,
samplers, sequencers, synthesizers, turntables as well as live
Apart from being ultimately responsible for the final
product, the hip hop producer is also sometimes referred to as the
beatmaker because he also brings together all the different instruments
that make up a beat.
All this means that it is very easy to sound
like somebody else and end up with all your originality drowned by the
working with the wrong producer.
4. Do they fit into
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being
ambitious and shooting for the sky.
Without this attitude it is unlikely that you will ever
be successful. However you also need a reasonable dose of
And so it is important that you choose a producer who is
comfortable with the kind of budget you have especially when starting
5. What kind of music
style is your strength?
You must know your strengths and
This may not be very easy for somebody starting out but
it is critical when seeking the right producer to work with because you
want somebody who is best placed to enhance your strengths make up for your
Remember that a hip hop producer is very much
involved in all aspects of production because they are supposed to guide
you through the phrasing rhythm, pitch, emotion and so
They are literally your partner every single step of the
way and the wrong partner can only produce a disaster.
6. How strong are
their marketing skills
You can come up with the best hip hop but it
is useless if nobody gets to hear it.
Marketing is an extremely important factor and do not
make the mistake of thinking that it starts after the product is
Marketing is something you need to start
thinking of right from the onset and even as you are creating the
You need solid evidence about the marketing skills and
ability of the hip hop producer that you choose because this will
absolutely make or break your career.
7. Make sure that you
ask for a trial session
There is no nightmare worse than starting out
with a producer whom you thought would be perfect but then it just doesn't
Meanwhile you have already spent a fortune and there are
no signs that you will end up with a product anywhere near your
That is why it is such a wise thing to ask for
beats from the producer you
feel you want to go with. It can save you plenty of grief.
Getting the right hip hop producer starts
with you knowing exactly what you are looking for so that you can recognize
it instantly when you find it.
Hopefully these tips will get you off to a good
Hector Garay is Hip Hop Producer and founder of the production
company 2themillbeats.com. You can find him on Google+
Over the last year Hector has dedicated himself to helping out up and
coming artist with tips on how to promote and market music
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