Firstly, unless you are going to work with other musicians, you need musical ability. If you donâ€™t know an A-sharp from a Z-blunt, how are you going to create the music that is the producerâ€™s raw material.
Second, many excellent musicians canâ€™t play a note that someone else hasn't played before. In addition to having musical ability, you need to be musically inventive.
Third, you need a great ear for sound. If you were a great musician and were musically inventive, you might be able to put on a great live show. But that doesn't mean you can make a great recording. Skill with sound is something very different from skill with music, and you need both.
Oh, and to become a successful producer, you will have to be able to sell yourself too. Now that's something else entirely...
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