I’ve always done things solo. When I was a kid, I usually did things on my own, without the help from anyone, and it’s what’s worked best for me. However, there were also times when I could have used a little bit of help, and by getting that help I would have done much better at whatever it is I was doing.
Making beats is no exception. When I first started out, I had to practice on my own, read the manual for my gear, and try to just, well, figure it out! You have to remember that in the 90’s the internet was in its infancy, so getting help with beat making was nowhere near where it is today. It would have been great if I had other beat makers to show me the way, or to just hang out with and put our heads together, that way both of us would get better at making beats. This is why I highly recommend that you hook up with other beat makers and aim to excel at your craft.
It’s Not All About You
I know that making beats is something that you do on your own time, in your crib, in your studio, and by yourself. But that doesn’t necessarily help you when it comes to making beats. First, you must remember that it’s not all about you. If you meet up with someone (live and in person), then by thinking of yourselves as a team, right away that will put you in a different category than everyone else.
The whole point of teaming up with someone else is so that you can BOTH get better, not just you. It’s a two-way street, and by helping each other, it will benefit both of you in the long run.
What If You Live In Smalltown, USA?
I’ve been there, done that. I’ve lived in towns that were so small, the closest thing to a beat maker was a farmer growing beets! Ok that’s a lame joke, but basically I know it can be hard to find an actual person that makes beats. If this is your case, you have a few options:
Find someone in person, in your city.
Find someone online.
If you were to go to a local music show, how would you meet someone? It’s not like you’re trying to go on a date, so you’re not just going to go up to the prettiest beat maker and try to get his phone number! That’s why it’s hard to do it in person, so I would recommend you go online first. This doesn’t mean that you’ll be operating solely online, instead you could go to various online forums, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, etc. and see if there’s any other beat makers in your area. If so, that is when you can arrange to meet up in person.
The other option is to collaborate solely online. There’s plenty of websites, as I just mentioned, but also you want something that is more of a community. There’s of course these two that I like to promote:
Both are great if you want to meet other people that make beats just like you.
What To Do When You Team Up
Work! Hang out either in person or online and make music, period. I’ve seen many of my own forum members start out on their own but then they meet up with others online and some have even formed their own Hip Hop groups. Others have just made life-long friends that they have a common interest with, which is, making beats.
It could be that you’re just looking to get better at making beats, or it could be that you’re looking to create a group of producers that will take over the music world. Either way, you will not be able to do it on your own, so get some help. Don’t box yourself in because a year from now you will still be just another beat maker. Team up!