What are the Musical Career Options?

For many of us, the first musical career that we consider is becoming an artist. Playing or singing music is something we are exposed to from a young age, whether through school, or having family and friends who play instruments. There are many options that stem from this, for example – creating or joining a band, becoming a session musician, or having a solo career.

Sometimes, learning an instrument can lead to an interest in writing music. There is a huge market out there for this. Whether it’s music that you want to release on Spotify and Apple Music etc, or whether it’s written for film, a game, writers are always needed. If you look at the credits for songs that have reached number 1 in the charts recently, many have multiple writers – collaborations are a great thing.

There is often a crossover between writing and production. Writing a song can be as simple as having piano chords and a melody but often, people want to develop ideas further than that by adding multiple instruments. Production is usually done in a DAW (digital audio workstation), for example, Logic, Ableton or Pro Tools.

Production, in this sense, is usually the development of the full track, based on the chord/melody combination that you start with, with all the instrumental and vocal parts that you intend to have in the final product. Some producers make tracks without a melody or vocal line written (sometimes called beats) that they sell or give to artists for them to write on top of.

However, in a commercial studio, being a producer often means something else. They tend to have an idea of what they imagine the final track to sound like, and how they wish to achieve it. Often they will communicate with the artists about the way that they perform and get the best out of them.

Engineers work closely with producers and do the technical adjustments and sound shaping required to achieve the final vision. This may be things like moving the positions of microphones or changing settings on compressors and EQs. A lot of the time, engineers will be the ones in charge of the DAW, stopping and starting recordings and making edits. This used to be the job of a tape operator (or assistant) when tape was widely used, however now, the job of an assistant is mostly tending to the needs of clients and making adjustments as needed by the engineer.

There are even more career options than this now – mix and mastering engineers are also an important part of the process. They make the song sound good everywhere including streaming platforms, radio, vinyl, headphones and speakers. A lot of mix and mastering engineers are freelance and will have managers that bring them work when they get to a reputable level.

You can do more than one of these roles, often they can fit quite well together and make you a good candidate for lots of jobs. Amplifindr allows people to gain more experience in these roles on a starting level whilst working alongside like-minded creatives.

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