Need some tips for becoming a successful music producer? Well, R&B singer and producer, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, has some advice for you. While we can't guarantee that you'll become a 10-time Grammy Award Winner or get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame like Babyface, it won't hurt to take notes.
The first tip, which works for any profession, is to "seize opportunities." For Babyface, his first music producing opportunity came in 1985 when the his R&B group, The Deele, was left without a producer just before they started recording their second album. He and fellow group member, Antonio "L.A." Reid, took the reins and produced the album. Babyface said of the experience, "Eventually we realized it wasn’t really that hard... in the end it’s just all about your ears."
He also suggests that you trust yourself and the music you're creating: "No one can tell you whether you’re a good producer or a bad producer, you just go with what you hear, and how you want things played."
Another tip for future music producers is to listen to different genres of music. "It’s about being musical, not just operating in one particular lane," he explains. Using Kanye West as an example he says, "He really knows all sorts of music, very deeply... it allows him to do so many things, and to work with so many different artists, because he can come from so many different places."
Babyface also advises that you respect the music producers who came before you, be wary of expert opinions and look for the magic in your music. The "magic" may not always result in a hit and a hit may not always be magical, but when you get it right "certain things just hit a chord and touch you. It’s always luck."
His current single "Hurt You" with Toni Braxton is available on iTunes. Their duets album Love, Marriage and Divorce will be released December 3.