Now, I don’t get asked this question a lot, but I feel it was beneficial to bring up in a blog posts to help producers out.
A lot of times people say,
“I make music for myself and I know how to do it well, so don’t I have what is required to become a ghost producer?”.
Well the answer is yes and no. When you’re making tracks for clients, there are a few very important differences that which show in your work on your first production job.
I will briefly talk about those key factors and how to properly approach them from my opinion.
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Set Strict Deadlines when Ghost Producing
When I first started EDM Ghost Producers I figured this one would come naturally, it didn’t.
These are not something you necessarily set for yourself when making music on a personal project.
However, they are make or break factor when it comes to ghost producing for a client (especially a large client). You’re going to really need to practice your deadlines and this does not only help you when it comes to working for a client, this ALSO helps you towards everything in your life as cheesy as that sounds.
From making music on your personal project to getting stuff done in general. If you make the deadlines feel real to yourself they will become real and you will be motivated to finish your project by then. A handy tactic is to tell people about the deadlines. This uses a social factor to put the pressure on you to finish them.
The last thing you’ll want to have happen is for your friend ask, “Oh! So did you finish that track for your first client?”, and you have to come up with some sort of excuse. Social pressure works wonders.
Use a Calendar System like Trello
What I like to do is mark on my calendar and cross off the days as if the deadline is approaching.
This is a very effective practice when dealing with the client that has a set deadline, which most do.
Personally, I use Trello for all my client-project-tracking needs.
If you know your way around the online software, you can get really advanced with alerts to approaching deadlines, chatting with your team, storing files on a specific client card to access later, notes for what might need to be revised, and so on.
By not meeting their deadlines you are are not only discrediting yourself, but you’re losing out on possible income. Not just for a first time sale, but that could’ve been a repeat client who knows how many other times they would’ve purchased from you!
You won’t need to worry about punishing yourself in case you miss a deadline by the way, losing that money will be punishment enough and you probably won’t do it again.
DON’T be yourself
A major point I want to get across for EDM ghost producing is that you need to have the ability to emulate anyone’s style.
What do I mean by don’t be yourself? Exactly that.
Now I’m not saying you can’t throw your little spin on things or try out new techniques for the track.
About 80% – 90% of the time, the client is going to come to you and say, “Hey I want to sound like this is Avicii song.”
Or they’ll say hey can you make a future bass track that sounds just like Flume?
What this means is they already have the completed track in their head of what they want it to sound like. The closer you get to the reference track they give you, the more likely they are going to complete the transaction with you and come back for more at a later date.
If you go to the client say hey I know you wanted to sound like Flume, but I thought this might sound better, that may not always be the best option to start off with. I’d recommend only taking this approach on your regulars or clients you feel very confident you know what they like.
Most likely, you’re going to end up wasting your time and the clients time because now you’re going to have to remake the track or remake The section that you did if you are just producing for your own personal tastes rather than what they want to hear.
Stick to the Reference Track (At First)
A top tip to minimizing “back-and-forth” with a client is to closely model their reference track first, then start to deviate from that and put your own style to things.
This way you have the foundation of what they want and can now make it sound original rather than a re-hash of the reference track they provided. Very Useful
So you should be really good at deconstructing popular artists’ tracks.
You need to learn how they make their sounds in what ever VST you think you are best with.
If you’re still trying to pick this skill, I’d suggest downloading track remakes from Youtube or Soundcloud.
Use it as a tool to see someone else’s interpretation of that person’s track and how they thought they may have done it.
This will help you so much because you’re going to be more prepared when most of your clients are asking to sound like Flume or like Porter Robinson (or whatever is trending at the time you read this).
You can take my advice with a grain of salt or you can apply it if you ever want to try to become a better producer.
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