I decided to make a list of things to stay away from when your getting started as a producer. Take a few minutes out of your life to check out this list. It'll save you a few hundred hours and dollars that you'll never get back.
1.) FL Studio Vs. Reason Beefs:
Luckily this is starting to die out. Don't get caught up in this vs. that, just find what works for you and stick with it. No program or tool will make you sound better than the amount of time you dedicate to learning it.
2.) How To Sell Beats Courses:
Yes, they've been out there for a while. Buy this ebook and learn how to make $100,000 in a year! These kinds of ebooks were popular in the internet marketing community a few years ago, but since then they've all but died out because people started giving better information online for free and finding other ways to make money by doing so.
The online production community has just recently began the same shift, which will leave these courses in the dust. Just like what happened in the internet marketing community. I've purchased most of these "how to sell beats" courses, and regret it. Save yourself the money and time, much better free information is starting to surface all over the internet.
3.) Chasing placements:
There's been a lot of this lately. In fact, there are entire websites dedicated to announcing when a new famous artist is looking for beats. What people don't understand is that you don't have the same chance as everyone else. There are people submitting to the same twitter account and email addresses that have actually built large names for themselves.
Artists and A&R's don't announce these kinds of things to discover brand new producers, they do it to find producers that have made huge names for themselves and already have an established brand. You will waste a lot of time hoping for one of these things to pan out, you could send your beats to hundreds of these artists and A&R's and never even get a response even if you did have a some-what large following.
4.) Listening To Negativity
There are a lot of negative people in any industry, but none more so than the music business it seems. A lot of people have been burned by this industry and don't mind sharing it with everyone. Keep a positive outlook, expect nothing, be prepared for everything, and you should be fine! Remember, this is your PASSION, whether you make a career of it or not, it will always be there waiting for you. Please have some fun with it for f**k sakes.
5.) What else am I missing?
Let's help the newer producers stay away from time wasters, what else am I missing from this list?