"Want to collab bro?" 3 things you ought to know about when working with others.
While Timmy Trumpet's latest release "Collab Bro" is doing the rounds, the underlining satire revolving around the vocal phrase "Hey you want to collab bro?" is something that unmistakably resonates with MANY electronic producers as well as other people practising within the music industry. Many of us have experienced "A collab bro" that has fallen short of expectations and on that note, it's the perfect segue into this next instalment. This list isn't exclusively for those who only "want to collab bro", but for everyone in the music industry looking to pursue their boundaries and engage with other industry figures.
Like it or not, anyone pursuing a career in the music industry won't get anywhere sitting in their box not engaging with others in the community. Producers, engineers, artists, label reps, PR people; all engage with one another working towards a common goal, the best interest of the music. Having been through the motions, working as a producer, live performer, tracking engineer, mastering assistant and now settling into my facility providing mastering and mixing services, I've experienced it all. From communicating with the major labels to people just starting out on their journey I've learnt a lot through these experiences and collated what I believe the 3 things Y'all out to know when working with others in the music industry.
1. START WITH THE END IN MIND
When connecting or starting projects with others in the music industry always communicate your goals, responsibilities, costs and deadlines CLEARLY. Any grey area is troublesome to contend with, especially when multiple parties are putting in hard efforts on a project only to hit a speed hump due to miss-communication.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BE COMMUNICATING
Goals; What do you want to achieve through this connection?
Responsibilities; Who's job is it to do what?
Costs; What are the budgets and costing for this project, who pays for what and when?
Deadlines; When do you want your goals to be completed by?
2. Remain Proffesional
It can be easy to blur the line between professional relationship and "mates". When communicating about anything to do with your work, use a dedicated email address, proper greetings, footer info and language.
EXAMPLE OF AN EMAIL
I'm happy to report to you how the mixing has come along so far today.
--CONFIDENTIAL-- Download Link to Mixing Update 1
Summary of thoughts and notes;
Brought out the delay in snare/claps. ✔
I worked on the kick's low end a little bit trying to round it out a bit more to make it feel a little deeper. ✔
Fixed up the dips at 1:50 and 3:55 ✔
Smoothed out the stabs that poke through (It was the attack on the top end, you didn't hear things) ✔
Looking forward to hearing your feedback for this mix and teeing up the remainder of the mixing for this project.
3. Honesty is the best policy
When something isn't agreeing with you, say it! Being passive isn't something that will pan out well in this industry, be honest with your feedback, discussions and communications. When something isn't looking good, make it known to the other parties, so any potential downfalls can be nipped in the but early on as possible.