Understanding Autism in The Music Industry
5 Tips to help to you understand autistic music producers and artists.
Understanding a High Functioning Autistic Music Producer or Artist (Autism in the Music Industry)
Hello, my name is Nick Caskey and I am a music producer who happens to live on the spectrum. Having high functioning autism (HFA or ASD - autism spectrum disorder) while trying to find my place in the music industry as proven to be a challenge, especially when there’s a misunderstanding of being autistic and when one of two assumptions are made: “autistic means stupid” or “you don’t look autistic” (which means the prior opinion, but kinder words?)
While autism treats each host (person) differently, I can’t speak for all music creators with autism, but I hope this helps at the very least show light on the subject dealing with people on the spectrum within the music industry or in general life.
Meeting Autistic People
Autism is everywhere. Chances are you know, met or even live with some who lives on the spectrum. Almost half of us who are autistic will mention the autism when we first meet. For some, this helps clear the air and gives reasoning for any odd or rude behavior that might occur when with people. Feeling ashamed or embarrassed, others will not mention having autism and will even go through hardships not trying to display any of their autistic behavior, causing daily physical and mental pain and exhaustion.
For those of us in the music industry who may know or work with someone who is autistic. Here are five tips to understand and help when working with autism in the music industry:
1. An autistic’s taste in food is parallel to their taste in music
2. Communication Etiquette
3. Recording process can be “a process”
4. Studio Slang / Idiom (or in general)
5. Creating Music on The Spectrum
The next time you are in the studio and you have an artist or music producer that might seem off or weirder than your ‘normal friends’, just ask if he or she is autistic. We won’t take it the wrong way, if there is a wrong way… While some like to hide their ASD, others find it better just to get it out in the open before they say or do something others may find odd or weird. If so, maybe this list will help you music creators.
*This list is resonates with me personally and mainly deals with the introduction period of getting to know more about the producer, artist or music professional who is on the spectrum. Obviously, once a person gets to know you better the more open/themselves they can be which promotes a healthier relationship.
** This list could have turned into a book. I took a few days to ‘dumb it down’. Good job or bad job, leave your comments and questions below!
Nick Caskey is from Columbus, Ohio. Alien Loud General. Original music producer and sound designer who specializes in hip-hop beats and instrumentals. Exclusive music producer for artist, Zero.
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