Music Producer Charlie Midnight’s Thoughts on ‘American Idol,’ How He Knew He ‘Made It,’ and His Advice to New Artists

by Jeremy Spirogis
Charlie Midnight

Showbiz Cheat Sheet chatted with Charlie Midnight, music producer and founding father of Midnight Production House. He advised us extra concerning the music trade, his profession, and what it takes to be a profitable entertainer. Here’s a peek inside our dialogue.

Showbiz Cheat Sheet: When you consider all of the artists you’ve labored with, who was essentially the most memorable and why?

Charlie Midnight | Midnight Production House
Charlie Midnight | Midnight Production House

Charlie Midnight: That is troublesome to reply as a result of
I’ve been blessed to work with fairly just a few nice artists. However, working
with James
Brown
, after all, was exhilarating as soon as I obtained over my nervousness about it,
which occurred in a short time after we had been within the studio recording “Living in
America.” There is just a small window for being nervous after which it’s a must to
do your job. It was the one time in my profession once I thought, ‘If solely the
guys within the outdated neighborhood might see me now.’

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Then, after all, producing Joe Cocker was a thrill since
years earlier than I had truly opened for him with my band once I was on tour in
assist of my very own album. It was ironic and gratifying and Joe was a pleasure to
work and hang around with. Also, watching Joe sing within the studio was like being at
a Joe Cocker live performance. Each vocal take was a efficiency.

But the present I used to be given in my profession was to grow to be the
writing associate of that nice artist, producer, songwriter and particular person, Dan
Hartman. Working with him was academic, inspirational and gratifying. He gave
me my break as a songwriter after which as a producer.

CS: What are your ideas on expertise exhibits akin to ‘American
Idol’ and ‘The Voice’?

CM: American Idol, The Voice and exhibits
in that style, because it was for Star Search years in the past, are nice, gratifying
tv that showcases some fantastic singers who’re given good publicity.
There is a few worthwhile, sincere recommendation given to the performers and I discover that
priceless. Above all, I love the singers who’re bold and so decided
to pursue their dream that they’re prepared to place themselves by means of the
grueling course of it takes to even get on the TV present. That dedication is a
main asset for an artist.

CS: At what level do you know you lastly ‘made it
within the music trade?

CM: There was a hip-hop soundtrack album from a film
referred to as Breakin’ that Dan Hartman and I had a track on that we carried out
as 3V, a reputation that has no that means, however that Dan thought sounded cool. We sang
it as a result of the movie was low finances, hip hop was new, and we couldn’t get anybody
to carry out the track.

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The movie was successful and the album bought over three million
copies. I used to be in a position to stop my job working the graveyard shift as a authorized
proofreader. That was the start. “Living in America” occurred just a few years
later. I began feeling that I had made it.

 CS: What is
your recommendation to new musical artists?

CM: The path to success in music has all the time been
troublesome. It was that you could possibly put a band collectively, do exhibits, make
demos and hope to get a label to signal you to a document deal. That is
normally not the case today the place an artist is predicted to make use of social media in
all its types to advertise their music and construct an viewers. A label would possibly then
come to you and provide a deal. Maybe not. Regardless, it’s potential to construct an
viewers and a profession by means of your use of all platforms and instruments which are
accessible. But it’s a exhausting highway to journey with out some assist.

You are distinctive, so develop your uniqueness and don’t observe a
musical path just because you might have seen it’s profitable. If you might have the
means, yow will discover entities to complement your efforts whilst you work it. Then
preserve your fingers crossed. And make sure that you just selected this path since you
wanted to, as a result of it’s in your blood. And make the creating an finish in itself,
in an effort to survive emotionally till all the weather align to make you a
success.

Read extra: Music
Producer Charlie Midnight Tells Us What It Takes to Be a Successful Musical
Artist

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