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3 Essential Books Every Music Producer Needs to Read

You might be wondering, who reads books these days? And I agree, it's not the most engaging of activities that's for sure. But as a music producer, there's a few things you need to know if you want to survive in the music industry. The below 3 books are some essential reading for every music producer.

1. All You Need To Know About The Music Business

This book, recommended by the manager of Chance The Rapper, has been dubbed the music "industry bible" by the Los Angeles Times. It has been universally regarded as the definitive guide to the music industry for more than 25 years.

For the first time in history, music is no longer monetized by selling something--it's monetized by how many times listeners stream a song. And that completely changes the ecosystem of the business.

"If you want to be in music, you have to read this book"

- Adam Levine, lead singer and guitarist of Maroon 5

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2. Music Theory For Computer Musicians

Many DJs, gigging musicians, and electronic music producers understand how to play their instruments or make music on the computer, but they lack the basic knowledge of music theory needed to take their music-making to the next level and compose truly professional tracks.

Put simply, you need to know what you are doing with regard to the music that you are writing. Music Theory for Computer Musicians explains these music theory fundamentals in the most simple and accessible way possible. Concepts are taught using the MIDI keyboard environment and today's computer composing and recording software.

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3. Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers

For many artists, the fear that we’re not good enough or that we don’t know enough results in untold numbers of creative crises and potential masterpieces that never get realized.

Musicians today live in a golden age of tools and technology. A smartphone app can give you the functionality of a million-dollar recording studio. A new song can be shared with the world as soon as it’s finished. Tutorials for every sound design or music production technique can be found through a Google search. All of these developments have served to level the playing field for musicians, making it possible for a bedroom producer to create music at a level that used to be possible only for major-label artists.

But despite all of this, making music is still hard. Why?

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