Crappy and barely working PC, set of DJ headphones with the cheapest of cheap midi keyboard snugly laying on the IKEA dining desk in the corner of a room with my 2 siblings sharing the space size of an office cubicle. If that is or was you then you are a definition of a “bedroom producer”. I was you and with full honesty I still am you!
But there was something profound about this, something romantic in a sense that made me work on my music with passion and relentlessness. I did not care about the world around me because when I was in the zone all I cared for was the music itself. I could make a track in the span of a few hours and I did not care about any eq, side-chain, layering, or anything else. I just wanted to make music.
In my bedroom, I was the king (of course only when I sat in my corner) of the world and the magic happened. 99% of producers actually start from their bedroom. Look it up online and you will see Armin van Buuren smashing out his first big hits from his little room in his parent’s house. When Skrillex initially started producing electronic music, he worked with a relatively basic computer setup in the comfort of his own bedroom.
Being a bedroom producer is something you have to go through before you fulfill your dream of having a designated space crowded with high-end equipment which you think will give you more superpowers and help you make big tunes faster. I honestly find it amazing to have better speakers but it doesn’t necessarily translate to me making better tunes. They might sound better but sometimes it is actually the opposite when it comes to ideas. In my bedroom, there were no distractions like flickering LED strips and flashy keyboards.
I can’t say I want to go back to being a bedroom DJ because having a professional studio is a blessing and if you gradually get exactly what eases up your work that is the right course of action. Everything I have now serves a purpose!
Of course, it is all about you, all about your mindset and how you will face the progress. I know many producers selling their gear to ease the pressure and have more room to “breathe”. It’s not uncommon for producers to experience a shift in their workflow or find certain aspects of their gear set up challenging when transitioning from producing as bedroom DJs to professional settings.
Here are a few Pros of Being a Bedroom DJ:
Freedom and Creativity: In your bedroom, you’re the king. You have the freedom to experiment, make mistakes, and learn from them. There are no rules or expectations, and this can lead to a surge in creativity and originality.
Low Cost: You don’t need expensive equipment to start making music. A basic setup can be enough to get you started and help you learn the ropes.
Convenience: Your bedroom studio is always available, anytime you feel inspired to create music. There’s no need to book time or travel to a professional studio.
Cons of Being a Bedroom DJ:
Limited Equipment: While you can make do with basic equipment, there will come a point where you’ll need to upgrade to produce higher-quality music.
Distractions: Sharing a space with siblings or family members can lead to interruptions and distractions, which can disrupt your creative flow.
Poor Acoustics: Bedrooms aren’t designed with acoustics in mind. This can affect the quality of your sound and make mixing and mastering more challenging.
On the other hand, having a high-end studio is a dream for many bedroom DJs. It’s a space dedicated to music production, equipped with top-notch gear that can help you produce professional-quality music.
Pros of Having a High-End Studio:
Professional Equipment: High-end studios are equipped with professional-grade equipment that can help you produce better-quality music.
Better Acoustics: Professional studios are designed with acoustics in mind, which can significantly improve the quality of your sound.
Increased Productivity: Having a dedicated space for music production can help you focus and increase your productivity.
Cons of Having a High-End Studio:
High Cost: High-end studios are expensive. Not only do you have to invest in professional-grade equipment, but you also have to pay for the space itself.
Pressure: With a high-end studio comes high expectations. This can put pressure on you to produce music at a certain level, which can stifle creativity.
Maintenance: High-end equipment requires regular maintenance, which can be time-consuming and costly.
In the end, both being a bedroom DJ and having a high-end studio have their pros and cons. It’s all about finding a balance that works for you. Remember, it’s not the equipment that makes the music, but the person behind it. So, whether you’re making music in your bedroom or in a high-end studio, keep creating, keep experimenting, and most importantly, keep enjoying the process.
Thank you and have an amazing day in the studio!
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