Originally Posted by evilpeezy
not true I know some big name artists do pay producers for mixtapes cuz even tho they give the mixtapes away it brings them money from shows and producers who have a name get paid...thats just how the business is. They get away not paying no name producers cuz they are just that no name and dont know the business. Do you honestly thing a WELL estasblished producer will give away a beat just cuz its a mixtape? what does he gain for giving away a beat if he is established and a multiplatinum producer. i know for a fact thats not true, I know personally some big name producers from atlanta who charge even for mixtapes..They dont even ask alot of times whats it for thats the artist business they just say "show me the money." I go to atlanta every weekend and have relationships with lots of producers and artists.
I've have been in this industry for a very long time, not just on the weekends, and I will tell you this is not true. You can choose to believe what you want on how it should be I'm just laying down the reality. I have personally been through the process countless times.
Originally Posted by yosemitesam
I'm curious: what was your next step? If you weren't even getting credits, how did you leverage that experience?
While ghost producing for this multiplat production team, I was around all the time. On the road and all. I got to meet and even know all the top hip hop/r&b artists who they worked with regularly. This was back in the early 90's when one producer, or set of producers, used to do the entire album. So you were around the artists, the managers, the label execs, publicists for weeks at a time and you got to build your relationships.
One thing about the music business is that the lowest of the low exec will move up and become vp or president. The youngest publicists will become "william morris" powerful, and great managers will become high level execs that grab primo sponsorships. One of those managers became one of the top 5 most powerful people in the industry and brought me with him. I had access to every project at the label we were at. And for outside the label I had all my relationships that I built which led to more relationships. When I started my own label I went right back to where I started to get distro.