Month: October 2015

What is the difference between a producer and a beat maker? Simply put, a beat maker’s specialty is making beats/instrumentals. A beat makers job is to just provide beats. They have very little experience in mixing and arranging tracks.

A producer however, can be seen as an advanced beat maker. Producer’s usually specialize in mixing and arranging elements in a track and have a lot more industry contacts than beat makers. They also have a voice in how songs are arranged, pitched, and toned. If your a serious artist who wants to take their music to the next level, you want to be working with a producer. They can help you create your own sound and get your tracks heard. Producers may even be able to get you placements in the music industry.

dj mustardKeep it mind though, a producer doesn’t technically have to play any instruments or make any beats to be called a producer. There are lots of producers out there who don’t press any buttons. A lot of producers sign beat makers to their labels. That’s how they are able to be credited even if they never made the beat. Most people don’t even know that DJ Mustard doesn’t make most of his beats, he has beat makers working with him. He really is just a DJ. If you, as an independent artist, purchase a beat and then go to the studio deciding your own direction for the track, how its arranged, and its breakdowns then YOU are the PRODUCER.

When it comes to success, you have to consistently put in work to achieve your goals. The same thing with music, the same for ANYTHING. The easiest way to do this is to have a set strategy. If you want to consistently drop projects, make at least 1 song per day and do it religiously. Don’t go to sleep until you have written a complete song, and if your really a grinder, record the song that day too! Do this faithfully everyday. Every month you will have at least 1 project of tracks, recorded.


This is a noisy world we live in. You can be forgotten so fast, so you always want to make sure that your making some kind of noise of your own. Be strategic and always be active some kind of way.


When you begin to stack up music you’ve made you have a lot more options and opportunities to do more things with your music. Always give your fans new fresh content to vibe to when they have been listening to your older projects for a while. Get creative, promote your albums with singles or mixtapes.

budget maneIf you don’t have the budget to purchase exclusive beats, just do your thing with non-exclusive beats. If possible, custom non-exclusive beats. It only takes a small budget to build a fan base and really start selling your music like crazy. You don’t have to print up all these CDs anymore, most people are going the online route to listen, download, or buy their music. Be creative with the tools you have and the resources available to you.