5 Qualities Every Singer Needs to Practice To Work With More Producers

As a producer, I am always looking for solid vocals. A lot of times, I'll hear something that is very close to sounding good but there is something going on which makes it unusable. It sucks because most of the time it's not because the singer is terrible, or the lyrics are dumb; it's because of fixable problems.

I wanted to take some time today to explain some of the qualities producers look for in a vocal when creating a track. Hopefully it will help. So without further ado, here are the 5 qualities that every singer or vocalist needs to practice.

Deconstructing an Approved Commercial Music Track

A lot of times when a new producer asks me to listen and critique their music, I notice a fairly common issue. In a broad sense it's a problem with the mix but more specifically it's more about the levels and sounds of the different instruments. It takes a little practice to understand what sounds good individually compared to what sounds good in a mix.

This is a problem that clears up with time as you learn what dry sounds work well in a mix before they are processed and tweaked. The most important thing to remember is that problems in a mix doesn't mean you a bad musician or producer. It doesn't mean you suck and should quit. You just need more practice.

Today I wanted to take a little time to break down a track I produced and show the different stems. I've gotten this music approved in a lot of different music libraries and have licensed it a few times.

Performance Rights Organizations: How PRO's Work to Help Musicians Get Paid


One question that comes up time and time again is, what does it mean for a musician to be affiliated with a PRO. Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation out there but I'd like to take some time to properly explain it, dispel some rumors and give accurate information regarding Performance Rights Organizations.

First off, to get a good idea of how a Performance Rights Organization (PRO) works, you have to have a basic understanding of how music licensing and publishing works.