“In recent years, especially in the electronic music scene, the world ‘producer’ has come to mean ‘someone who creates music’. Sound logical, right? However, in the older, classic definition, more prevalent in pop and rock circles, a producer is someone who assists the artist(s) in creating and finishing their work. Wikipedia has a very apt description of that role:
“A record producer or track producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer’s music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many roles during the recording process. The roles of a producer vary. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.”
Another way of looking at this is similar to the role of a facilitator, consultant or coach. It is my ambition to translate this into the realm of electronic music, as this is a scene which has traditionally not included this specific role within the creative process. However, to me this role is as relevant within electronic music as within any other genre.
The main aim is to help the artist realise the potential which is nearly always present. Sometimes this potential is hiding under the surface, sometimes it is plain to see and all that is needed is a gentle guiding hand and proper feedback.” – Peter Van Hoesen.
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