As an engineer/music producer myself I mostly work from my home studio but I’ve been fortunate enough to have gotten a position at a major studio –> Glenwood Place in Burbank, CA and been hired for private work at other studios such as ES Audio and The Abstract in Glendale, CA.
Over the past 10 plus years of my own rough experience and through conversations with the people who run these music studios I’ve been enlightened with what a professional acts like versus what a mediocre artist acts like while working.
And now I get to share this knowledge with you so that you don’t have to go 10 years before you figure this out…
The Mediocre Artist
Some rappers come into the studio as if they are already on a movie set or performing their music video. They are calling their home-girls, buddies and who knows who else to join them in the studio and drink some hennessy, not to mention the weed.
Personally, I’m there to work and I’m getting paid so I don’t partake in any of these extracurricular activities.
Although it doesn’t bother me that much I know some of the owners of these studios may feel different…
Just earlier this year at ES Audio, Donny, the owner was telling me that someone spilled their drink all over a mixer console worth around $60,000!!! The whole thing had to be replaced…
….And guess who was responsible for the bill? Maybe this will help you figure it out –> you break it you buy it.
Are there exceptions to the rule? Of course! For example, when Yelawolf was recording at ES Audio he tended to just stay high.
If you think you are the exception to the rule then go for it.
But chances are that if you are an up-and-coming artist then you don’t have the skill set to even begin trying to host a kickback while trying to record that one hit you need to make it in the industry.
Not only could pricey equipment be ruined and no solid work will be done but there is another important factor to think about…
If everyone you invite decides to yell out their 2 cents and the song actually makes some money they could potentially come after you for some of that money in the future.
Remember that the engineer is probably recording the session so if it goes to court and they are on the recording pitching in with the song the judge may side with them.
Is this necessarily a bad thing…? No, not if you like sharing your money with 7 other people.
Another thing is booking time and not showing up or even calling to cancel.
Life happens, we get it. But you were raised better than that. People show up for your session, most of the time at very late hours of the night, and you don’t show up or even call to cancel. It’s embarrassing that I even have to bring this up so I’m not going to keep on with the subject.
Working at Glenwood Place was truly the experience of a lifetime, as you can see in the picture below I’m sitting in Nicky Minaj’s room which she rented for a whole year.
I also met Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, DJ Mustard, Usher, Soulja Boy, Yung Berg, Jay Sean and K. Michelle, just to name a few 😉
These professionals did come in with their crew but it wasn’t just anybody. It was their team which you should have started forming as well or should start thinking about forming from this point forward. They would come in with their assistants, engineers etc…
This goes without saying but Snoop Dogg would smoke most of the time, like I said, there is always the exception. But for the most part these artists were not on any substances or drinking alcohol.
There weren’t a bunch of people in the room wanting to voice their opinion about how to rap this or how to hit that note.
Just straight to the point –> work.
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As always I’m eager to hear from you…
What do you think makes a professional artist? Do you think you’re a professional? Why or why not?