What Does a Producer Do?

The craft of the music producer has been a mystical one over the years. Many people do not know what a producer does and those that do know, sometimes don't realize that this is varying from genre to genre. 

In modern day, internet rap world, a producer is often the person who creates the "bed" of the track, which can be as simple as a beat to an orchestral cinesacpe. In that genre, the producer can sell their tracks online and they vocalist typically buys it and records over it at a separate location. Producer (1).jpg

In the traditional rock world, a producer such as George Henry Martin, who was considered "The Fifth Beatle" acted almost as a music manager and would typically be in the studio with the musicians and be involved in every single note while also crafting the overall sound.

Speaking of producers, we would strongly suggest putting the playing of Showtime's "Shangri-La" on your To View list. This four part docu-series uncovers the world of Rick Rubin, one of the most iconic producers of all time. This work of art is truly inspirational and it shines a light on the way that a producer can create an overall state of mind for the recording process, down to encourage the artists to meditate to maintaining a minimalist space where the music can stay in the forefront. 

Wikipedia states that "A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, composing the music for the project, selecting songs or session musicians, proposing changes to the song arrangements, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, and supervising the entire process through audio mixing (recorded music) and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage. Producers also often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules, contracts, and negotiations."