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Old 12th April 2007
Originally Posted by Solar View Post
Hello Mr Russell!
Its My right here and i've been reading almost all your thread and the ones that Gearslutz fellas have created asking you question and the only first thing i can say is: THANK YOU so so so much for taking the time to respond because its not everyday that we got the chance in real life to get to exchange with people that inspires our work daily. So for that "Hands down and Thumbs up" for the inspiration. Thank you.
I also because this thread is about Production, i would love to hear from a very respected and known Music Engineer like you, reknown all over and who have worked with so many great and big talent and artist, how does these two Status are seen or treated in the music industry overall.

I mean what is today the REAL meaning of or the difference of:
A) A MUSIC PRODUCER (not an executive producer) and
Because all of time i get to meat Beatmaker that does Great Beats or some just not there yet (but we all know its a matter of practicing to make it perfect) that take themselves or give themselves the Status of "Music producer". And i know that a lot of people have or make their own STATUS. So i would love to hear from "You" who've worked with the BEST out there from BEatmaker and Music producer, HOW do they or would you DEFINE the JOB of Each of them in your own WORDS and POINT OF VIEW?

So finally, what normally is the JOB of the or A Music Producer and the BEatmaker. (And we all know that major of time the Music producer be a lot of things starting from the guy who can do BEATS right?)
I'm really curious and i believe a lot here would be curious to have your Opinion on this. Thank you again for all your time and for sharing with us these great INPUTS. All the best! Truly thumbsup
hello solar,

this is an interesting subject. the role or definition of a producer today is not the same as it was pre-1980. today, i think it has mostly to do with the genre of music. in hip hop, and in most of the r&b world, the "beat maker" or "song writer" is considered the producer. but now that i think about it, hip hop/r&b (some pop stuff) are the ONLY genres where the producer's role is not seperate from the songwriter's role. in other genres, like rock for instance, the artist is usually writing the songs and the producer is giving suggestions on arrangement or getting the best performance from the band/artist. this is more of what i would be doing as a producer. getting the best performance from everyone, making sure the session is running smoothly, getting the right people together, getting the vision or concept of the project materialized. this is the traditional producer role, like phil spector, tom dowd, george martin, etc.

these days there might be 5 different producers and 5 engineers on one album. IMHO this makes for an album which is more "single" driven and unfocused. and the role of the artist is more or less a puppet and is just told what to do. this is fine for some artists but also frustrating for other artists. there is a lot of talented singer/songwriters out there but are not given the oppurtunity because the market is saturated (by the labels) with the one hit wonders. the labels are not so concerned with having a career artist like they did in the past. the labels used to give more attention to their artists like aretha franklin or stevie wonder were helped to develop their careers. now it's, more than ever, about the disposable artist...but there's hope. i think the industry is shifting a little toward the songer/songwriter, especially with the successes of the independent labels. let's try and help the shift further.

all the best