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Live Music Producer

Similar roles include: Outside Broadcast Engineer
Career Level: Mid-level


What Do They Do?

Live Music Producers are highly skilled technical producers who are specifically tasked with making live music performances sound as good as possible.  Liaising with show teams and the musicians themselves, they will “mic up” the instruments and performers, sound check them, and balance the final performance.

As well as working on music performances in studio-based shows, they also work on outside broadcasts – events and music festivals where they may mix bands and orchestras from stages into Outside Broadcast trucks, which will then go live to air.

Who Do They Work With?

  • Live Music Producers will work closely in the studio with individual show teams and will be expected to parachute into recordings on an ad-hoc basis.
  • They will also liaise with members of their own studio management team, including schedulers and operational co-ordinators who make sure that the output is staffed by people with the right skills.
  • Live Music Producers may work externally at large-scale live events to ensure that the incoming feed is worthy of being broadcast on the radio.This may involve liaising with a pre-existing onsite team of engineers, or actually managing the process themselves.

What Skills Do I Need?

  • Live Music Producers will have significant experience of working in sound – mic’ing up live bands, soundchecking, balancing etc.
  • Live Music Producers are able to prioritise, problem solve and remain calm under pressure.
  • Live Music Producers are passionate about the output of the stations they work for, and knowledgeable about production processes
  • Live Music Producers are able to adapt to different broadcast environments and work flexibly as part of a team that changes daily.
  • Live Music Producers are enthusiastic about learning new systems and absorb new processes quickly.
  • Live Music Producers have a thorough knowledge of broadcast systems and technology, health and safety protocols, and broadcast workflows.
  • Live Music Producers are flexible and willing to work long and sometimes erratic hours.

How Do I Get This Job?

There are no specific qualifications needed for this role, but experience is really important – the expectation is that you will have worked or volunteered in some sort of music technology role previously – either as a tech op, DJ, live music sound technician or possibly even performed in your own band.  Training is provided to ensure Live Music Producers are familiar with specific broadcast equipment and are able to respond to whatever requests musicians may have.