Kenny's Tip of the Day - I'm constantly asked, "How do I become a Mixer?"
Obviously, first you have to learn HOW to mix. But that's not a part of this tip as I assume you already "think" you're good enough and that the only thing holding you back is getting your foot in the door. :)
So how do you get Major Labels to hire you to mix songs? WELL… you don't. A&R and labels already have their guys. CLA, TLA, etc. They don't need to help you out. And what's more, helping you out almost definitely HURTS them. Because no matter how good you are, any given record has a fail rate of around 95%. So when that record fails, their boss is going to ask them, "What did you do different?" And you will be "different". Hiring a top mixer won't.
So what can you do? You can go to the Artists directly. Now I don't mean for you to go to Ed Sheeran or Bruno Mars directly. If you happen to be hanging out at a party and they want to talk to you, I guess you can give it a try but that probably won't work either. And reaching out to their managers will be the same waste of time that going to labels will be.
What I'm suggesting is that you look a little further down the charts. Acts that you enjoy that are up and coming. Maybe they just signed a deal or are putting out a new record and they are not so busy that they wouldn't want to be approached. Maybe you have to mix a song for free so they can see what you can do for them.
Basically, you need to find an elevator that is on it's way up and catch a ride. Their success can be your success. In fact, if you can think of any top mixer working today, you can point to their first hit mix as the reason they got their second. And so on. Labels will always be open to using a mixer who just mixed a hit song. You just have to get one.
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I hope this message finds you well. Kenny Gioia