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How to become a successful music producer

Learn how to successfully get your name out there as a music producer and perhaps even become the next big thing.
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What Will I Learn?
find a niche genre that they fit into
create their very own home studio
successfully brand themselves as a producer
promote their music to a wide audience
network with other producers and grow their name
perform their music publicly
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  • You should have a computer
  • You should have a basic musical understanding
  • You should have a genuine interest in the music industry
  • You should want to become a successful music producer

This course is a simple step-by-step guide on how you can become a successful music producer in a competitive industry.

At the end of this course, you will have learned about all the necessary tools that you will need in order to become a successful producer:

  • Organising and structuring your musical brand
  • Creating captivating and interesting content
  • Setting up a high quality professional home studio
  • Networking and creating invaluable contacts with other producers
  • Exploring different genres and which niche sub-genre you fit into

This is a course worth taking if you have a passion for creating music and want to spread it with a wider audience, and even make money from it through signing major deals with record labels to simply getting a job as a DJ.

What I've done is simplify what can be a confusing and troubling path through unknown territory in this cutthroat musical industry, so that pretty much anyone can become a successful music producer.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for those people who love music and what to be a part of the process and begin making a name for themselves in the industry.
  • This course isn't for those people who are looking to specifically learn how to use a piece of music production software.
  • This course is intended for those people who wish to learn more about the business side of becoming a successful music producer, rather than the technical side.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 36 Lectures Collapse All 36 Lectures 01:33:00
2 Lectures 02:54

In this section, I will give a brief outline of the course (i.e. what we will be covering) and introduce myself as your Udemy instructor.

Preview 01:55

Before we begin the course, I will give some tips on what you'll need before embarking on this journey of ours and give a bit more detail on how I will structure the course.

Finding your genre
5 Lectures 07:09

We will quickly overview in this section some of the questions you should ask yourself before going and picking your genre.

Questions to ask yourself

Here we will explore some of the countless types of music your productions may fall under. This could be anything from electronic music to indie music.

Types of music

In this lecture, we will delve deeper into what constitutes a genre and the different types of genres you can encounter.

Preview 01:28

In this penultimate lecture to the lecture, we will explore the final level of depth you have to go to in order to classify your music.


In the final part of this section, we will try to understand what it means to be unique with your music.

Be unique
Setting up your home studio
8 Lectures 28:47

We will briefly go over what a home studio is for and a list of what you will need.

What you will need

We will explore some of the different audio interfaces out there.

Audio Interfaces

We will look into the different types of microphones you can find and some of the equipment needed to accompany them.

Microphones & Equipment

We will look at various studio monitors and why you need them.

Studio Monitors (Speakers)

We will look at the importance of having headphones when producing and which ones are out there.

Preview 03:38

We will look at why MIDI keyboards and/or controllers are necessary.

MIDI Keyboards & Controllers

We will look into what DAWs, Plugins and VSTs are and how they can help you improve your music.

DAWs, Plugins, VSTs

We will look at the best way to set up your home studio and some basic rules to abide by.

Setting up your home studio & studio etiquette
Branding yourself
6 Lectures 15:31

We will discuss why having a strong brand is so important.

Preview 01:56

In this lecture, we will look at how you can find a suitable name for your producer brand.

Finding a name

We will look at your different options of getting a logo, and why it is important to have one.

Getting a logo

We will now look at the best way to go about creating your album artwork and why being repetitive is key.

Album artwork

We will learn about how to present yourself on social media and the importance of branding imaging.

Social media presence

In this lecture, we will learn about the importance of staying consistent across the board with our branding.

Promoting your songs
5 Lectures 16:09

We will learn about why promotion is the key to opening the gate to success as a music producer.

Preview 02:49

We will look at the importance of utilising Hype Machine-listed blogs for promotion.

Hype Machine Blogs

In this lecture, we will look into how you can use Soundcloud Networks to promote your songs.

Promotional Soundcloud networks

We will look at the various music channels on YouTube which you can submit your music to for promotion.

YouTube Music channels

We will look at how you can contact artists' management to request support from them as well as local DJs.

Contacting DJs and other producers
To sign or not to sign to a label
4 Lectures 10:53

We will learn what record labels actually do, what they can be used for and why people focus so much on signing to them.

What does a label do

In this lecture, we will look at both the pros and the cons of signing to a major label.

Pros and cons of major labels

We will learn about the pros and cons of signing to an independent label.

Pros and cons of indie labels

We will learn about the pros and cons of publishing your own music.
Pros and cons of self-publishing
Performing your songs
4 Lectures 08:49

We will learn about the various ways in which you can physically perform your songs and the pros and cons of each.

Ways of performing your songs

Students will learn in this lecture about playing their songs as a DJ and the equipment you will require.

Playing your songs as a DJ

Students will learn in this lecture about performing their songs as an artist and the equipment you will require.

Performing your songs as a musician

We will learn of the many different ways in which you can get gigs at bars, clubs and also festivals to perform your music.

Getting gigs at bars, clubs and festivals
Recap & Conclusion
2 Lectures 02:48

We will quickly go over what we have learned throughout this course.

Course Recap

Thank you for taking this course and joining me on this journey to becoming a successful music producer.

About the Instructor
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378 Students
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Here to help students to learn a whole bunch of things.

I'm a student living in the South of England (that's in the UK!) that adores entertaining and teaching people in as fun a way possible. I have been producing music professionally for some years now as well as being a voice actor for over 50 different companies including Allianz Insurance and the National Trust.

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