Times have changed and the reality is, if you want to hit the big time, you have to become a successful producer. EDM has taken over the commercial airwaves across the globe, turning the art of professional DJing into a billion dollar industry. But making music isn't all about the money. Here are five reasons to consider music production as well as DJing.
1. Freedom to create whatever sound you want
Producing music, while challenging and time consuming, means you get to forge and create your own unique sound and groove. It is the only way to get a musical idea out of your head, and into the speakers. Producing allows you to make music your way.
2. Better mixing
There are many benefits to taking a break from the decks to experiment with Ableton Live, or other production software. Producing will change the way you listen to dance music. Knowing how tension is created and how phrases are used to carry songs will do wonders for your mixing. Having a beginner’s grasp of sound equalization and engineering will lead to more seamless and dynamic mixes.
3. More gigs
Being a producer on top of a DJ can help you get gigs in scenes where music production is valued equally, or more so, than just mixing. Spending a few months in the studio honing your sound before sharing it with promoters will be worth it in the long run. Opiuo began as a bedroom producer and within a few years, he was touring the globe with his unique brand of hip hop influenced, glitched out break beats.
4. Increased discipline
Although the dance music scene may seem to be all about hedonism, alcohol and light shows, behind the scenes, those making the music need to maintain a level head. Highly talented, dedicated and disciplined musicians are constantly balancing hectic touring schedules with studio time. Discipline means being able to set aside time for production, taking breaks when needed and not getting lost in distractions. The benefits of discipline and routine in daily life can be carried beyond your mixer and computer display.
5. Creative exercises
At a glance, spending frustrating hours getting the perfect kick to bass gel and EQ sound doesn’t seem creative. The truth is, producing music allows you to create something out of thin air. Like other forms of art, a producer needs various tools. Your brush, pencil and pen are your keyboard, Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and synthesizers.