The concept of music producer is a wide and varied title which has been discussed by music scholars for years. Occasionally, while it is described as the figure that only sponsors the musical project, sometimes, a music producer is referred to someone who has conductive ability and creative control at mixing desk in recording sessions. Moreover, according to the norms of today’s house and trance (electronic dance) music, a producer can be the writer and the producer combined. The reason of this might be explained as “alone production” by the recent technological music production devices without any other musician interaction. However, in this post, I am going to focus on traditional producers of the major and widespread music genres.
Producers are the people who decide how best to artistically and creatively represent the artist in release. In 1960s, music producer’s role comprised as a “fixer” who booked musicians and recording studios, also decisive manager of time, resources and repertoire. However, with Sir George Martin, who is described as “The fifth Beatle” renowned music producer of Beatles, the notion of music producer has transformed into a new identity. During the time, in his projects with Beatles, (that they had been turned down by other music companies and producers), Sir George Martin tried to develop and foster the creative and musical dynamics with the arrangements and string parts that he wrote. He was also the important character, behind the technical process and the sound which they created. Moreover, the working method he developed, which could be called simply as “modus operandi” for many years, has become the ordinary path that are followed by most of rock and pop genres today. All these creations that he did, have initiated a new viewpoint on music production and had huge impact on potential music producers. With this new perspective, music producers have become like one of the orchestra or band members that manage and preside the production process.
Consequently, it would be right to define the music producer as a figure who is involved with the total music product, including budgeting, arranging, recording, mixing, mastering, even packaging and so on. In the current system of the music recording industry, the initial task expected from a professional music producer is to make a creative product which is commercially successful. Under these circumstances, it is the producer who takes the whole responsibility of possible consequence of musical product. Hit or miss.