How to Become a Professional Full-Time Music Producer in Kenya


The recorded music we all hear and enjoy exists because it went through the hands of a music producer. He or she is in charge of furnishing the music and making it sound like a fitted-together song. The music producer calls all the shots on what is played, when, and how it’s played making sure the sounds that are used, and the vocals played are correct. The music producer is the backbone of all music productions. As an artist you want to get your music out there, music that is worth listening to as well as music that makes heat, well you all need well-known music production companies like Janeson Recordings to make it great. Janeson Recordings’ music producers dedicate their careers by assisting the artists with their music recording, bringing their vision to fruition, and guiding their sound along the production process.

With the improved technology, music production is constantly evolving as today’s music producer is handling every role we hand several people handling 10 years ago. They now do engineering and mixing as they are writing the songs, playing the instruments, supplying the studios, and choosing their co-writers. In addition, they even balance the finances of the project.


Music Production Equipment

In order for music producers to perform their duties well, they require equipment. The most basic music production equipment includes;

  • Computer
  • Microphone
  • Digital Audio Workstation(DAW)
  • MIDI Controller 
  • Audio Interface
  • Headphones
  • Audio Monitors

At Janeson Recordings, we invest in the above and more equipment in order to assist you in creating the best recording possible. We love the gears, we love the studios, but your music comes first.


How We Produce Music


Ideas in music can take many forms and how the final product sounds are in relation to musical arrangement and the tools used to produce it. Below are the steps involved in producing a piece of music.

  • Musical Ideas: These ideas involve the song you are going to record and the necessary instruments you will be needing in the arrangement. With our producers, you discuss and decide the parts that will be recorded and play them.
  • Recording: The performances you make are recorded to hardware devices and software as audio and MIDI data.
  • Editing: When we use MIDI sequencing or hard-disk recording, your recorded performances can be edited in a variety of ways to change some performance parts or the entire arrangement.
  • Mixing: Then we combine individual tracks to make a multitrack recording to create a final recording of your song.
  • Mastering: Here, we make final adjustments to the entire sound of the recording as we prepare the finished mix for distribution as an audio CD or a digital file.


Tips to Utilize to Become a Successful Music Producer in Kenya 


So if you’re interested in becoming a successful music producer whether you’re just starting or have been working for years, there are a few tips and strategies you can follow to better yourself. This is a healthy approach if you desire to become the best music producer you can be. Even when you are wondering how you can improve your production skills, remember how music has changed in the 20 years, just keep on evolving and improving. If you’re not a flexible music producer, you’ll never be able to grow.

Below, we have tips of knowledge for you if you want to become better;

  1. Love music to produce music; If you’re in search of a path to music production success, you need to have a love for music. You can’t be working on something you don’t like or have no idea about. Start to expand your musical knowledge base and venture outside your comfort zone.
  2. Connect with the Musicians; Form a good relationship with the musicians you’re working with as a boost to your project. When artists, singers, and musicians feel comfortable around you, you encourage them to show their emotions through music and it is something you want them to achieve. You’re the heart of the project and it is your goal to make meaningful music by getting their emotions out into a song.
  3. Know the Process; A music producer is a centerpiece of the production process and takes lead in every avenue. So, familiarize yourself with the whole production process so that you can be able to guide musicians in the best direction possible based on your and the musician’s desires.
  4. Learn More as You Spend Less; This approach works mostly for beginners who don’t have much to spend on local studios to practice music production. Try finding out what a professional studio looks like and try to emulate that in your house with the little you have. You only need a computer, a Digital Audio Workstation, and microphones. As your skills improve, you can later add other recording gears.
  5. Learn from Mistakes; Recognize and learn from your mistakes, this will help you grow. In music production, it’s normal to get mistakes like technical glitches, overlying, volume adjustments. Keep your career as a learning process.
  6. Market Yourself; No one cares about your career than you do. Get out there, tell a friend, release something you produced on social media. Try having your services stickers, flyers, create websites, link your social media accounts, make business cards and connect with musicians online.
  7. Be Professional; Better yourself by trying to meet people in the industry, it’s a way of learning something even the smallest. Get familiar with contracts, invoices, copyrights, etc. Schedule enough studio time to prepare for the recording session.
  8. Remember Your Purpose; Keep in mind why you decided to become a music producer, things that motivate you to keep you going. This is an integral aspect of your longevity as a successful music producer.
  9. Be Adventurous;  Try new instruments, plugins, and experiments with your product knowledge and that will be a strong indicator of your ability to improve and succeed. Also, allow yourself to explore new sounds with different instruments and plugins. This will help you discover new sounds and ideas that you would have never thought of without the change in scenery.