4 Key Tips For Becoming A Successful Music Producer & Artist By Danny Lifted

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Multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur Danny Lifted shares with us 5 of the best music production and business tips for upcoming and aspiring beat makers. These gems of advice are very insightful, so pay close attention to what he says.

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1) Recognize Your Own & Other Artist’s Strengths

Ultimately, I like being a producer/songwriter more. I like to have the best of the best in every way that I can and I have no problem writing a song and giving it to someone else. In fact, a lot of times I prefer it. So if I write a record and if I’ve got a strong, strong singer that I think could hit it a lot better than me, by all means I bring them in and have them hit it. Some of my best records I think are songs that I’ve written for other people.

I like the artist side of it too, it allows me to be a character and release some of that crazy energy that I have. I like both and trying to find the balance is key.

2) Brand Your Talent

Do I have any advice for other striving artists to make it in the music business? I would say, kind of back to the first one. Expand your skills because talent is only worth so much. I mean, talent is worth a lot, if it’s branded. If talent is branded it’s worth millions and millions and millions…if it’s good talent.

If talent is not branded however, it’s…you know. I mean, there’s a lot of talent out there, but it’s not worth as much if it’s not branded so that means you have to brand yourself.

3) Acquire Business Skills


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You need skills to run the business end. The business end is going to consist of making your website, promoting, emailing, doing A&R, dealing with the clients or your fanbase. All these things that need to be taken care of, so if you’re only an artist, well you’re going to have to bind with someone who can take care of all that stuff. And finding someone who will really realistically take care of all of that for you is hard to find.

Some people find it. Sometimes it falls into some people’s laps, but you’re probably not [going to find it]. So you have to take care of that, the whole spectrum of your career as far as you can take it, until you can get other people to help you out. So all different types of skills are required for that so just learn, be on the talent, and putting your knowledge to action.

4) Make It As Authentic As Possible

A lot of people do bash what’s on the radio these days, and from the business I think, especially when it comes to Pop and writing I know how much goes into these Pop records. You got live guitars, some of them have violins, some of them have live brass, you have your singers, you have a team of 4 or 5 songwriters, you have 2 or 3 producers. A lot of people don’t really notice that so I respect it.

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Much of the music in the 1990’s felt authentic and are highly regarded as instant classics. Something that is rare nowadays.

However, I do see the other perspective and that is that in the 90’s to me, music had a more cultural sound. On the Rock end you had Nirvana, you had Offspring, you had Bad Religion and so on. On the Rap end you had Biggie, you had Dre The Chronic album, and it was authentic.

There’s a lot of really fantastic songs nowadays too but I think we need a balance because back in the day, the music was real authentic. It was from the culture. The same time we had the artists killing each other, people committing suicide, I mean, that’s how authentic those records were. It was going down, and that’s why it was kind so dope, it was real.

Now, the records are done by people whose goal in life is to be a hit song maker…and that’s cool too, but there’s a humungous difference there in the type of sound you’re going to get. So I think we need a balance cos record labels obviously don’t want to invest in artists that might end up dead in a week. On the other hand, just having your employees that are trained just to make songs, it gets kind of cliched and wack at the same time. So I think we need a balance in the middle to where you get that genuine sound that’s still a safe investment.

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