How to Start a Career in Electronic Music: a blog on how to start out in electronic music.
It’s been written in many styles and formats, but this is the first book I’ve written for beginners. The idea is to give you the tools you need to create your own songs, albums, and remixes. If you’re looking for something more specific, check out my article on the basics of electronic music production, or my guide to learning electronic music.
As with everything else, there are many ways to start a career in electronic music. Some people choose to work at clubs, while others prefer being behind the scenes. This article will explore both approaches, as well as some of the others that are available.
It’s important to note that just because you’re starting out doesn’t mean you’re going to get a job immediately; most jobs are only available once you’ve gained some experience. However, if you can learn from someone who has experience, or even just from reading about their work online, then it won’t be too long before you find yourself working in an exciting new industry!
If you’re looking for information about how to start a career in electronic music then this site will be helpful for that purpose too. It’s full of great tutorials
How to Start a Career in Electronic Music.
A blog on how to start out in electronic music.
If you want to create wealth, it will help to understand what it is. Wealth is not the same thing as money. Wealth is as old as human history. Far older, in fact; ants have wealth. Money is a comparatively recent invention.
Wealth is the fundamental thing. Wealth is stuff we want: food, clothes, houses, cars, gadgets, travel to interesting places, and so on. You can have wealth without having money. If you had a magic machine that could on command make you a car or cook you dinner or do your laundry, or do anything else you wanted, you wouldn’t need money. Whereas if you were in the middle of Antarctica, where there is nothing to buy, it wouldn’t matter how much money you had.
Wealth is what you want, not money. But if wealth is the important thing, why does everyone talk about making money? It is a kind of shorthand: money is a way of moving wealth, and in practice they are usually interchangeable. But they are not the same thing, and unless you plan to get rich by counterfeiting, talking about making money can make it harder to understand how
I’ve been asked a number of times how to start out in electronic music. Generally people are asking me how to get gigs, but they often they really mean something more like “how do I become an electronic musician”. The advice I give is pretty much always the same: make music.
It’s not a very satisfying answer, but it’s the truth. There’s no shortcut for becoming a good artist, and there’s no way to fake it. If you want to make a career out of making music, you must have talent and drive. The rest is just details.
Of course that doesn’t mean that there aren’t techniques for improving your craft, or for taking advantage of the social aspects of the business once you become proficient. There are lots of blog posts about that stuff, and plenty of useful ones at that. But I don’t have much experience with those kinds of things yet, as I haven’t really been doing this long enough to need them — I am still in the “make good music all the time” stage! So rather than giving practical advice on what to do when you get to that stage, I want to talk about
The aim of this guide is to give you an idea of the different ways you can begin your career as an electronic music producer. I’ll cover everything from what equipment to get, how to pick a genre and which direction to take when learning the production process.
I’ve been producing electronic music for over 10 years now, and I’ve picked up a few tips along the way. Let me know in the comments if there’s anything else you’d like me to add.
Being a minimal electronic musician is not a job, it’s a way of life. It’s something you can do anywhere, that requires little to no money and offers complete artistic freedom. It’s something you can do alone, with friends or even with strangers from around the world. It’s a medium that allows you to express yourself in any way imaginable and in any genre you desire.
It’s also something that can be difficult to get into for those unfamiliar with the field. There are many different approaches you can take – some more expensive than others – but as an overall guide I’m going to outline the steps I took which got me started making music without spending much money at all. This is by no means the only way or even the best way – it’s just my way, which has worked out pretty well so far.
I’ve tried to make this guide as accessible as possible, meaning there are no synths or drum machines mentioned here that cost more than $200 used (which is really easy to find on eBay). The point of this guide is not to tell you what gear to buy – that comes later – but how to start your creative process and familiarise yourself with the technical side of things so when you do start buying gear, you’ll know what
So you want to be a musician, eh?
Here’s some good advice: Don’t.
Seriously, quit while you’re ahead.
There is no money in electronic music. Unless you work really hard, in which case there might be a bit of money. But not much. And even if there is money, there is almost certainly not fame. There are a few famous people out there making electronic music, but for every one of them, there’s about a million nobodies.
If you want to go into the music business because it seems like an easy way to make cash and get chicks, then forget it. It’s not going to happen*. You might as well put on a red suit and start leaping from tall buildings with a cape on your back – at least that way you’d have something interesting to talk about at parties.
On the other hand, if you want to make electronic music just for yourself, then go for it! You’ll probably end up getting addicted, and spending all your time trying to finish tracks or scouring record shops for obscure old vinyls that you can plunder for samples… but hey! At least it’ll be fun.
And what’s wrong with that?
For having been around for almost 40 years now, electronic music isn’t always well understood by outsiders. It’s a complex, ever-changing thing, and it’s often hard to know where to start if you’re new to it.
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure out how I would answer the question “How do I get into electronic music?” Here are my thoughts:
The first thing is: don’t worry about genres. Genres are an artificial concept that came along later, and they’re not a very useful way of organizing music. Most of the time they don’t really say anything about the music itself; they’re more like marketing labels that help people find other stuff they’ve heard before. So it doesn’t make sense to pick a genre and try and get into it, because once you do, you’ll discover there are dozens of genres next door that are just as good.
Music is a sensual experience, so the best way to get into electronic music is just to listen to it. The second best way is to go see electronic musicians live. Start with stuff that already appeals to you in some way, then branch out from there.