From many years of experience in the music industry, knowing how to mix vocals can open up a lot of doors and opportunities!
Some producers make the argument that they don't want to "record trash artists all day" 😂 and that's understandable but you shouldn't focus on the negative side of things and that you will come across a lot of talented artists as well
There's pros and cons to every industry but here are 5 positive pros that come with engineering plus how it can benefit you as a producer ⬇️
1. It's Not Hard As You Might Think
- Many producers will shy away at engineering because they think it's too hard. There are many websites that provide templates, presets, plugins, guides, and tutorials to help beginners get started. You really just need basic understanding of mixing vocals and the right tools to help you along the way.
- Engineering is a cheat code to gaining placements and getting in certain rooms. Engineers work right alongside the artists so you have direct access to them. If you're good at mixing their vocals you'll be able to get your beats to them as well. You can also gain relationships with other producers who engineer and have a large artist clientele that will be willing to put you on.
- Engineering should be a producers' day job. I don't mean this in every literal sense but more of the fact that most producers should learn basic vocal mixing. It's a guaranteed way to earn money as a producer. When you present your offer in the right manner you can potentially make THOUSANDS online just mixing vocals 🤯 You don't necessarily even need to record artists and you don't need to own a studio either. Just have the right skills, tools, and branding then artists will reach out to you.
- Lots of artists that buy beats will ask if you mix and master. If you do, you can gladly tell them yes and negotiate a price. You can offer more packaged deals this way as well. Even if an artist may record their own vocals they still need mixing and mastering done. You have to be mindful that quality engineers aren't always in the local vicinity of all artists and that they are actively looking for engineers online. Over time, you'll have artists that will always come back to you to have their songs mixed.
- The more skills you have, the more you'll find yourself busy with work and clients. This is how you'll maintain a full-time music production career. The most valuable person will earn the most money. You will also be more respected amongst your peers and even have the opportunity to teach others which will lead to another bag!
This may not be something every producer is interested in doing but it won't change the fact that you'll lose a lot of money and opportunity by NOT picking up this skill 🤷🏽♂️