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How many years does it take to become a music producer?

Everybody's journey is different, and it depends on whether you are starting from a base of having some musical knowledge, such as playing an instrument, or not. It also depends on the level you want to achieve - music producers are constantly learning, even those who have been in the industry for 20+ years! In terms of learning the required skills to get started, these are some estimates:

  • Learning your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and the production techniques: 2 years
  • Learning music theory and composition can depend on the level of depth that you want to achieve, ranging from 3 months to 5 years.
  • Playing an instrument to a proficient standard: 5-7 years

Once you are working in the industry, it can take anywhere between 5 and 10 years to build up a reputation, and solid network of paying artists/clients. You learn and grow, and eventually become profitable with your craft.