The term ‘Producer’ can cover many different aspects, as in the traditional sense, a producer is someone who oversees a project and ensures the artist is on the right path as well as potentially being involved in the creative process. It is important both the artist and producer envision a common goal to maximise the efficiency of workflow and creativity. This often works well for artists as having another person with a fresh perspective can help identify possible improvements and propose new ideas.


Recording is the fundamental part of any great music. This is the beginning of bringing the music to life by capturing solid, authentic performances. Understanding how certain microphones and gear work with different instruments and their positioning is vital to getting the right tonal qualities desired. With modern music technology it is now possible to record professional sounding records without the need of hiring top end studios.


After recording, often the best parts of takes will be pieced together to create the ‘perfect take’. Editing also allows small nuances and mistakes to be fixed, such as slightly out of time or pitch notes, even for the best of musicians. Over editing can often cause more damage than good, so it is important to understand how to enhance performances with certain tools rather than sucking the personality out of them.


This is the final stage where the music is brought up to industry standard and continuity between tracks are ensured before being released. Depending on the mix, this can be a somewhat straight forward process, or it can be require a fair amount of work. The end result is what you will hear on the radio, iTunes, Spotify, etc.


Mixing is a huge, possibly the most important part of the creative process. This is where the recordings are ‘mixed’ together to bring out the best of each part of the track. The music is enhanced through effects such as compression and EQ, allowing the music to really come to life and sound professional.

Composing/ Songwriting

Musicians often like to collaborate and write music with other musicians for a number of reasons, similarly to working with a chosen producer. On the other hand non-musicians may require music for films, adverts, etc. Songwriters/ composers are able to supply what is needed in this case covering a broad range of specific requirements, such as; writing certain instrumental parts, programming electronic instruments, arranging, creating backing tracks, jingles for adverts and any other needs.

Session Musician

Quite often people will need other musicians to help fulfil certain duties that cannot be reached by the artist alone. This could be anything from hiring someone to play an instrument on one track, to hiring a whole backing band for an album. It is an important skill to be able to learn quickly, compose and improvise suitably for the music given.

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