I discovered this article thanks to the Pensado’s Students facebook group and fellow “Pensadian” Daniel “Dr.” Ford. (Side note: if you are not familiar with Dave Pensado or Pensado’s Place <– click now). Mr. Ford emphasizes some key things including goal setting, obtaining an education, what it means to be a producer (being a team leader), and hiring great musicians.
Link to Original article and highlights below
A couple highlights…
The biggest decision I made was to obtain a proper education….As far as succeeding in the ever changing industry, you have to be adaptable, and you have to have a clear set of goals that you can measure your daily actions against.
I have always tried to be very open to opportunity, and go after things I want.
As a Producer, my first tip is a motto I try to live by. “A Music Producer is a team leader, not the team.”
My second tip is to make an effort to hire and record great musicians whenever possible, and when you do… trust their instincts and record everything. When great musicians get inspired, you get takes that are exciting and often better than whatever you thought you needed.
For more information on Daniel “Dr.” Ford, visit his website http://www.drford.com/