Many people think that if you make a beat that you’re a music producer, or that all music producers do is make beats. Wow—would they be wrong.
A music producer is so much more than a beatmaker. While yes, technically, they do make the beats to the sounds. Limiting them to that would be just disrespectful. They are creative thinkers, the leader of the studio, a coach, beat makers, and much more.
The producer is the one that brings creativity to the song or album. Now don’t get us wrong, the artist is a creative genius as well, and they are coming up with the vocals and the thoughts to put on the song. However, the song’s entire vibe is completely different without the—you guessed it, music producer. They handpick and choose the beat, decide the overall vibe and sound of the song by adding different audio mixtures to the record, and make sure that whatever the artist is saying in the mic sounds ten times better when the song comes out.
When working on an album, the producer is the one who decided what direction the album will go in. The order of the songs? Picked by the producer. The songs on the album? Picked by the producer. The beats on the album? Picked by the producer. The vibe of the album? You guess it, picked by the producer. They literally do it all.
While the music producer is responsible for the overall beat of the song, they are responsible for the entire vibe of the song or the album. For those not in the music industry, you do realize Drake can’t sing his love songs over a hard trap beat, right? The producer is the one that comes into the studio and says, “let’s try this one,” and creates something magical. The producer sets the vibe with the beats, overall, brings creativity to the session.
Oh yea, the way the artist sounds, that’s thanks to the producer as well. Often, the producer coaches the artists on how they sound and what tweaks and changes to make to it. So while the producer is picking the perfect beat for the song, adding instruments to the beat, they are getting the best from the artist as well.
So far, we’ve covered how the music producer crafts the beat, brings the vibe and creativity, and helps with the vocals. Despite all of this, they still do even more. They are essentially managers as well. Oftentimes, producers actually own studios or spaces where they can put a studio. In our exclusive interview with Super Producer Bandplay, he owns a space where he can cook up and record songs. Even those who don’t own studio spaces are still in control of managing the studio. They are often there before the artist shows up and stay there after they leave. They manage the paperwork, financials, and even the timing of everything.
So, what does a music producer do? Well, everything. Without music producers, there is no music. Music producers are largely underrated and under-appreciated, but it’s now time for that to change. Music producers are starting to grow their names and build their brands, which is amazing.
Remember, without music producers; there is no music.