I'm turning 33 tomorrow :) My dream has always been to be a 'professional' as a record producer. I'm from a small town called 100 mile house in rural British Columbia. I've been trying to wrap my mind around the whole business side of music production for the better part of 4 years, finally starting to get a grasp on how it all fits together. Right now, i'm going through the motions to make it happen for real. I've been finding that more i learn about running a studio professionally, the more I realize that still have a long way to go to get to where I need to be.
I love big picture thinking, i love systems, and I love turning ideas into reality, but my mind lives in the future and I often find myself disappointed with the results i get; whether thats from poor planning on my part, lack of attention to detail, or being out of touch with reality. I love exploring all aspects of 'potential' though. I'm confident in my ears/ my skill as a producer, but I need to find an effective way to bring folks in. I'm hoping that I can get on the right track.
So I'm here to:
-Soak up as much knowledge as I can and achieve mastery.
-Meet creative and like minded people
-impliment what I learn to accelerate the process
-to use the internet to reach beyond my local area.
-to really solidify my niche as a producer
-to work with high quality artists.
Day Job? I'm a silviculture surveyor during the spring. In other words... a tree planting hippie. It's a rewarding project though. My (I should say our) company is about to hold it's founding assembly to become the first worker owned Co-op in our sector. The work itself lasts for about 3 months out of the year, which gives me the rest of the year to focus on my passion which is Audio. Right now, I'm only finding the odd side gig doing mastering to touch up low-end and stuff. I'm helping my best pal figure his launch out as a composer, experimenting with social media, video, audio, photography, blogging. Trying to feel out what works best for me. what resonates with people online, but i'm having trouble building up the engagement and beginning to realize 'cody, it's not just some formula you can just plug in and expect it to work, it has to be you. it has to be honest. it has to be real, and it has to help someone else.'
The good news on the studio side, is that while I was challenging myself mentally, I happened to randomly reach out to a grant writer on a whim. This lit a fire under my ass to put my ideas down onto paper. Wrote out my budget, crunched some numbers and found that landing 4 quality clients per month is enough to sustain me and my business into the future.
Everybody in my area seems to just want to drink beer, to Jam. to play CCR covers, to play music for fun. They say 'cody I thought you wanted to do it as friends' or 'I thought we were on a collaboration level.' That's not what i want. realized it was partly through mixed messaging (hopefully i've already corrected this because it was a serious problem.) I want to work with the artists who treat music as seriously as I do. Some people are absolutely trying to waste my time. Hopefully they can respect the fact that I have to have boundaries.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
I'm happy to talk about creative ideas any time.
Gene Media Productions
Cody Gene is an Independent Record Producer from BC
Music Methodology & Creative Lifestyle