By C. Cirocco Jones
Recently, we got an email from an up-and-coming artist from the Houston area who inquired about finding a HOT Producer to assist him with making a great demo.

He writes: After a year of working with amateur producers and being tired of my music being very mediocre, I want to work with someone who basically knows exactly what they are doing and can make good music. What's the best way to get in contact with, or find a good producer who can help me with this goal? And, what would be a good budget to start with?

Ok - First of all, you need to make an evaluation of where you are regarding your own talent, your own finances (typically, no less than $500/song), and then figure out what style of producer you need. I mean, if you are a R&B Singer, and you go and hire a Rap Producer that can't tell you when you are singing flat in the studio, you may end up with some hot produced beats, but YOU - as an artist/singer might be in for disappointing finished vocal. Remember, this is a "demo" for YOU (if you paid money), not the producer. The same rule applies to Pop singers; if the Producer you hire doesn't listen to Pop or Top 40 music - why hire him or her?

My best advice for all of you artist that may be in need of great production for your demo is to split your search up in 2 different ways:

The 1st method - NETWORK THE NET

* The web is great because you will have more chances and choices to find hot music producers. The downside of it is that, if you find someone great, but they don't live close enough for you to get over to their studio - you might end up spending a lot of cash to accommodate commuting long distances to work on your project.

* Visit the Music Powers Beat Directory. Now, I know this seems like a "plug" for my company, but honestly - the Producers listed are very good, and very professional. PLUS - the prices will be something that you can afford.

* Take advantage of MySpace.com. If you use the "MySpace" search for Hip Hop Producers, RnB Producers, Pop record producers (or whatever your genre is), you will get a chance to actually listen to their work, and then network with them. Of course, you may end up spending a LOT of time searching, listening, and making friends... but hey, that's what you have to do anyway to survive in the music industry.

* Soudclick.com is also a pretty good spot to find Producers that may be willing to work within your demo budget.

The 2nd method - Network where you live

You know the drill; visit the performing clubs, open mics, live church events, and talent showcases in your area and really listen to the music of others... then find out who's doing the music. Also, if there are studios in your area, call them and let them know that you are an indie artist with a small DEMO budget - looking for a producer, and see if they have any recommendations.

In closing this article - here is a little advice taken from the book,"The Music Powers That Be...To Succeed In The Music Industry"

If you are out there searching for a producer for your team, and you find a new up-and-coming producer whose like the next Pharrell, and he's coming with the hottest beats like Lil Jon ...or maybe he's got the R&B/Pop thang down like Manuel Seal, Jr. or Scott Storch... hook up with them! Sometimes these up-and-coming producers may be willing and able to spend more time and be more dedicated to you because they are still very hungry...just like you.

So start paying attention to the hottest new demos floating around, and try to find out who are the different producers behind the artists and their music. Get out to the showcases in your region, and then start networking with other artists and producers, so you know who's who, and who's doing what. Get in the clubs (if you are old enough) and make connections with the DJs, who usually know what's hot. Note: Many of these DJs are producers themselves.

After that, it's a mater of you being prepared through your own development, representation, finances, and what many don't get, but is maybe more important that anything else; your attitude and heart to not be denied... and succeed.

The bottom line is, producers are very important to have on your team and in your corner - to ensure that you give yourself the best shot of having a professional sounding demo. Whatever skills, experience and talent that your producer brings to the table - for whatever budget you have to offer them... should be complimentary of your style and sound...all to make YOU, and what you do... ready for the marketplace.

© 2007 – 2008 C. Cirocco Jones, Musicpowers.com - all rights reserved.

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