So, you've made a grand decision. You've decided to take all the lyrics you've been scribbling in that old spotted composition notebook and finally put some music behind them for the world to hear! But now what? You already know that you need to connect with a music producer. But maybe you do not have thousands of dollars to pay for a producer for tracks. You do not have that label backing yet. Maybe you are a little intimidated by the thought of asking a music producer for free music. The question is “how can you get free or affordable music within your budget from today's music producer?”
Today, there are basically two ways to connect with a producer, physically or virtually. When physically connecting with a producer – there are a few things that can pave the way to free / affordable music and a successful music career.
• Artist Development. If you know, or have met a producer, ask them if they are currently seeking a music artist to develop, or need a writer to write songs / concepts to their music. Sometimes, a producer could be seeking to develop a music artist and may waive charges and fees in order to build something that has an even greater return on investment. In this case, it may help to have a demo, or be prepared to show them what you have to offer. Always present yourself as a professional music artist.
• Be willing to pay. Fact of life: Producers are always more willing to cater to paying artists . Producers may automatically “tune” you out if you do not seem to have anything to offer. Money can be a starting point towards a better relationship. A willingness to pay for the producer's product can earn their respect and show that you are willing to invest in your dream. Bringing a dream to reality takes investments. There may come a time where you may catch a break, due to your hard work and customer loyalty. If the producer's fee looks too high, ask if they're willing to work out a payment plan. This shows the producer you are serious, and in turn they will be more inclined to take you seriously. (It's also a good idea to already be saving money up if you anticipate buying tracks, be prepared).
• Already have a buzz. If you are sufficient enough to have a verifiable buzz when you approach a producer, they may see the value of working with you. In this instance, the exposure is good for both parties. This may be a ticket to get some free production of the strength of your reputation, a reward for the work you've already put in.
The Internet has spawned much opportunity and it's easier than ever to get the music to make your dreams as a music artist come true. One-way is to use a search engine, and type in ” free beats “. You can even tailor this search attempt and enter a specific genre, such as EDM, Rap, etc. Believe it or not, there are a plethora of virtual music producers who offer access to “free beat” catalogs online and allow artists to use their music for their own personal projects / demos. The music is usually delivered instantly. When exercising this option, be sure to understand the terms in which the producers are allowing you to use their music. Many times, in these situations, the producer is allowing you to use their music under a non-exclusive license, meaning that you are not the only one who can use the track, and although free, there may still be limitations that apply in regards to its usage.
Searching on a search engine for free beats may seem appealing, but maybe you want something more unique. Maybe you'd like to work with an online producer that offers a production style that's more polished or mainstream. You can still utilize the search engines to seek out these producers and you will likely encounter the lease / exclusive sales business structure ( music licensing ). In these cases, the producer will allow an artist the option of using or “leasing” a track (s) non-commercially for an affordable upfront fee, or exclusively owning the track (s) (for profit-use, usually with less or no limits but significantly higher producer fee). The lease option typically results in instant download access to a track. The exclusive purchase will ensure no one else may use the track, after the sale and the artist is free to use the track for commercially. Be sure to contact the producer for specific details on licensing rights though, licensing policies may vary. Many online producers also offer email subscriptions and once subscribed, you may periodically receive discounts, updates and even free music.
Some key things to remember:
• When dealing with music producers, always conduct yourself as a professional artist and understand it's a business .
• Money always helps a producer take you more seriously; A paying artist will always have a better product. Money's a motivator!
• Ask about possible payment plans. Cut larger numbers down to help you get what you want, if you really want it.
• Understand why you are paying. Producing music is a skill, as is writing lyrics; both take time and effort. Everyone who puts in the work should be paid accordingly.
• Producer practices may vary, always be willing to communicate to reduce misunderstandings. This goes both-ways.
• You may catch a break sometimes; always have your eyes open to recognize these opportunities.