Welcome to Blue Buzz Music!
Let me tell you a little bit about me first. I’ve been in the music industry for about five years now since I was 16 years old. A buddy of mine showed me FL Studio sometime in the early 2010’s, and I honestly didn’t get it. Fun to play with and all but I had no clue what I was doing.
I didn’t realize that you can record a radio (top) quality track on a piece of software at your own house. Yes, in your own home built studio! Of course, you will have to purchase a few things beforehand, but hey, it’s definitely worth every penny.
Look, even if you won’t be world-famous, it’s a great and fun hobby. Remember how back in the day all the guys would play guitars? Well, this is “learning how to play guitar” of our times.
Let’s look at the perks of making music and becoming a SoundCloud Rapper.
- 1) You can annoy your friends with your tracks anywhere – your speakers, phone or car. Isn’t this fun?
- 2) You get to call yourself a SoundCloud rapper. Ironically, of course. And people love irony. Tell someone at a party, and the next thing you know YOU ARE THE PARTY.
- 3) You can play your tracks somewhere, and whenever someone asks who is on track, you wink and point at yourself (first make sure they love, not hate the song).
- 4) Now you can comment on big IG accounts something like “I am a new artist on the come up, unique style, I’m gonna be the next X and Michael Jackson combined, link in bio.” The more emojis you use, the better, trust me.
- 5) You can pick your little emoji to comment on everything and reply to your fans (Lil Xan uses a broken heart for example). Usually works the best on IG and Twitter.
- 6) Once you get some fame, you are legally allowed to cover your face with tattoos (as many as you want).
I mean if all these AMAZING perks haven’t changed your mind, I don’t know what would!
Speaking seriously though, it’s not as fun and easy in the beginning as you may think. It’s a steep learning curve, and you have to spend some time learning the workflow and basics before even getting into producing.
To start, you have to learn the four main areas of your digital audio workstation in and out – playlist, channel rack, piano roll, and mixer. Each DAW is different, so you have to be comfortable with using them at least to an extent.
In the beginning, everything looks insanely, and you try to figure out the most basic things for literally hours. I speak from my own experience, and maybe you will get the hang of it a lot quicker.
After that, you are left with the in-box plugins and drum packs. They are not bad, and you can make a lot of good melodies and beats with them, but they are not very good either.
So you have to buy/download sample packs, sound generators, and other plugins. Next step.
Do you know how plugins work? Do you know how to use compression or EQ a sound? How to play chords? Which scale is which?
I didn’t have a clue. If you do, great. If you don’t know what’s going on, then it’s going to be a little steeper of a curve (it was very steep for me, that’s for sure).
Just keep pushing, it’s definitely worth it.
- You play instruments too? Great, you can use them as your melody/beat.
- Don’t you like hip-hop? Just make any genre you want with the DAW (and that’s how most genres you know are created).
- Don’t have money to build the entire studio? Just get the basics – headphones and a DAW.
At this point, there are no excuses not to start!
You will enjoy it yourself, and your friends will enjoy it (and if they don’t like it just call them haters). Most importantly, your mom will have something to show her friends. And we all know how important it is for moms all over the world.
So if you don’t want to do this for yourself, do this for your mom. Most revenue on Spotify and Apple Music will also come from her, so be nice!
Alright guys, hopefully, it wasn’t too long of a speech. And I hope it motivated you to get started!
If you don’t have a studio yet, check out my guide on how to build a budget music studio. To start, see which elements it’s made of and follow the pointers to learn more about each device.
There are also helpful articles about the best studio set-up in the hardware section, so check them out as well, okay?
If you are looking to know more about the production process, then look more into the software section, where I talk about plugins, VSTs, and a lot more!