By Richard “RJ” JohnsonHere is the scenario, One day you and your boys are hanging out and you guys are spitting some rhymes to the current rap tracks. You guys are sounding pretty good, but you know you especially got mad skills and your boys know it too. So they say “Yo Tim’s brother has a studio and he has got some hot tracks, you need to hit him up”. Fast ForwardYou are in the studio recording a nice joint and after you finish doing your thing he burns you a CD and you are on your way. You play the track for all your boys and it’s straight FIYA. So since it is hot you send it to a few A&R reps at some major labels. To your surprise most labels don’t respond at all and the ones that do respond saying thank you, but no thank you. Then, you contact a couple of managers and some attorneys and they give you a not so favorable review. Now you are angry at the A&R Reps, the Managers and the Attorneys but what you don’t realize is that you recorded a demo not a record. See, Tim’s brother is a beatmaker he is not a producer. Yeah he may have ProTools, Cubase or Logic but he has no knowledge of music production, mixing and mastering. I have recorded and mixed lots of songs for Indie Artist and one thing is common, they don’t know the difference between a producer and a beatmaker. A beatmaker makes the track or instrumental (hopefully he is good at it) and a producer puts the whole song together (music and vocals). If the whole song was a puzzle the track or instrumental would be a piece of that puzzle. I know as an Indie artist it is hard to find an intermediate or pro level producer because I have been there, but one thing you have to do is listen to your competitions production and, if it’s good, inquire about how they got such a good production and mix. You have to get to a point where you can be objective about your songs. I know it is your baby but for the sake of the song you need to be objective. One thing you should always do is when a person tells you they don’t like your song or your song is “ok” is ask them what they don’t like about the song. It could be something as simple as the the strings or the bass line. That will give you feedback on what you may need to work on. Always look for feedback whether is negative or positive. If you use feedback the right way it will help you grow. Remember “It’s all good”.