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There are a lot of singer-songwriters who come to the studio in order to choose the right music producer to get their songs out. Choosing the right producer can be extremely crucial for your project, and its hard to figure out the right individual for your project. Keeping this in mind, In this blog post I’ve enlisted a few things musicians should consider before picking a music producer for their project.
Before we begin, let me quickly explain the different roles a producer can play:
Technical Producer / Engineer Producer:
This is a role in which the producer also assumes engineer duties, but he may not necessarily restrict himself to that. Even though his work may be more aligned towards the technical field, here the producer takes care of the creative aspects as well.
Knowing what you want:
Even though this factor seems the most obvious one, it is by far the most overlooked aspect. Having a set of clear expectations stems from knowing what you want yourself. When working with music we are dealing with something that is very subjective. Everyone has their own interpretation of certain sounds and how they relate to them based on their personal experiences, so its best to find a vocabulary and exact terms to understand what you want.
These can be explanations of what you imagine the guitar sound to be like, or what kind of a vocal texture you want for the song. Assuming that you’re working with an experienced producer, he will ensure that he gets all this information from the musician and then make an informed decision on the final sound for the record.
Exchanging references, influences and visualisations in terms of the end products will really help you both understand each other’s direction.
Find somebody with whom you can have this creative discussion and someone who is easy to work with. Most importantly, find someone who understands you and your music.