Musical Careers – A Different Path – Part 3

So in comes the hybrid job: songwriter/producer. Doing both enables the songwriter to get into sound design, which otherwise would be left to the producers and the recording engineers. Sound design applies the science of the engineering on the producer’s part of the recording process–putting together the song by whatever means necessary. People can use music apps to assemble samples, loops, beats, their own recordings, their friends playing instruments, you name it! So since it’s easy and cheap, some people just use their iPhones with their MacBooks.

I never expected lo-fi to be a thing, because as a songwriter dabbling in sound design, lo-fi didn’t feel like a choice. Lo-fi used to be what it sounded like when you had some low quality samples or some odd free digital instrument. Anyways, it’s pretty common to find a songwriter/producer–these hybrid individuals are usually members in a band, or the solo artist producing in their bedroom, or the independent record labels. Many singer-songwriters are already involved in the production of their own stuff like (I think) Drake, Lorde, and Ed Sheeran.

So as a band member of Flaccid Acid, it’s already part of my job to co-write songs. And since I got all of the band members’ mics and the massive 24-channel mixer, I might as well co-produce and engineer the tracks. Being a band member already makes me part of the artist being recorded and the production process. That already makes me the artist/producer that I sort of went for the whole time.

So I’m already at my dream career of being an artist/producer, which means I’m already thrilled to be a part of some collaborative songwriting project. Bands don’t have to live together to produce tracks. And learning how to engineer and produce songs is just a bonus. This songwriter with bonus knowledge can provide to an engineer a demo filled with the production/engineering tricks (sound design) that they want in their recording. Some of the bolder songwriters produce their own stuff and put it onto CDs, vinyls, streaming services, and online stores. That’s something Flaccid Acid could theoretically do.

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