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Bedroom Music Production is all rubbish

Music production used to only occur in expensive studios stocked with equipment galore, seas of buttons and inhabited by clever looking cool people who knew what every single button did.  Over several years the availability and accessibility of home computer based software and cheaper equipment has allowed everyone with even a small budget to have a go at being a record producer.  


But surely the professional studio’s remain king and anything produced at home from your bedroom is just going to sound bad?  Well this can certainly be true, but this is more to do with practice and learning the tools than the location.


Ultimately you hope that your music makes it into the outside world.  Maybe that’s by an upload to SoundCloud or release on all the major platforms of your new album.  You’ll need to record your music to a reasonable level to do this, if you want to be taken seriously.  I think in the future we will hear more and more music produced ‘at home’ my independent artists.


I personally took a decision early on to concentrate on songwriting rather than music production.  For me I just saw the music production side as a rabbit hole I could go down and take a long while exploring, taking me away from my first love of songwriting.  I suggest you develop an understanding of music production to some extent, because it helps you make more informed choices when you are working with others.


Like any skill, music production can be learned, but of course this takes time and money.  Education can be expensive, but ignorance can cost you a lot more in mistakes, time wasted, and bad productions too!


Although I do my own music productions to a basic level, I am the first to admit this is not my area of expertise, so I’m going to point you in the direction of a guy that really knows his stuff who I have learned loads from.


The guy I am going to point you in the direction of is Graham Cochrane.  I can honestly say I have learned so much from just watching his YouTube videos. When I compare current productions against productions I made over a year ago, I can hear the massive improvements I have achieved.  I have learned how to work faster and get better results quicker and often hear the advice from Graham whispering in my ears!


If you are just getting started recording and don’t know where to start or what to buy, then watching this video could be a very good starting point:

The gear has become very cheap under £300 https://youtu.be/XLXSqan3Jcs


Make a choice about what you are aiming for. A basic demo, or a full blown radio ready production.  Then consider where your skills are at. Can you do this or do you need help?


If you want to see hear how good bedroom music production can really get, then look no further than Billie Eilish and her brother.  All achieved in a bedroom studio with vocals sung sat on the bed: https://youtu.be/ZBJ914ha6LQ


Next time: Success that’s just out of reach - no thank you

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