Top Music Producers for hire

Find the perfect music producer to arrange, record, hire live musicians, and mix your next hit song.
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Producer and Engineer - Nate Kohrs
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Producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist with over 10 years of experience. Credits include Universal Music, Warner Records, Lionsgate and more.

Remixer / Producer / Mixer - Philip Larsen
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I have won a Grammy Award (mixer - Kylie Minogue) and worked with some of the biggest names in pop and dance music, delivering 100s of productions, mixes and remixes to the world's best-known record labels. I'd love to work with your vision and ideas, bringing my experience to your music, songs and recordings.

Music Producer, Pop & EDM - Simon Jacobsson
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70,000,000+ Spotify streams / Billboard charted / Major label credits like Atlantic Records, Universal, Warner Music, Sony Music and Armada / Featured on Netflix.

Music Producer/Mixing-Engineer - Kevin Cho
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World-Class Music Producer & Mixing Engineer. #1 Billboard Chart Producer. Over 2,000,000 units sold for "Rule Breaker" Single for boy-group Nine Percent. Producer for Dimash Kudaibergen's single "Lay Down" #1 in China and Platinum. Producer/Arranger for Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise Tour (Kanye, Arianna Grande, John Legend, Travis Scott etc.)

Producer / Songwriter / Mixer - Trey Vittetoe
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I’m Trey Vittetoe, and I’ve produced music for the biggest labels on the planet. Notably I produced and wrote for Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus, two of modern pop music’s most acclaimed artists. And I am now available here on Soundbetter to produce for you!

Country | Pop Producer & Mixer - Dr.Ford
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Specializing in Country / Rock / Non-EDM Pop Music 11x Award Winning Producer & Mixer. 4x #1 on iTunes, 2018 Billboard Radio Top 20. If you are looking to hire a top level professional Producer or Mixer so that your music can compete on a global scale, look no further.

Producer, Beat Maker - GËKKØ
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Music Producer, Mix, Mastering - ALOU Productions
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Quality and experienced music production, mixing and mastering at an affordable price! Worked with and supported by the likes of Spinnin', Hexagon, Sony Music, Universal, TMRW, Central Station and more!

Producer / Artist Development - Arthur Pingrey
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Skilled producer/songwriter/marketer who has worked with major artists (Sia, Sting, Flo Rida, Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Karen O, Willie Nelson, Liza Minnelli...). I've produced music for 8 Oscar nominated or winning films including 3 Best Original Song Noms. My work is creative, detailed, exciting, next level.

Producer/ Piano Guy - Chris Adams (CA)
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I am Chris Adams | Musical Genius | Billboard-Charting Producer | Programmer | Piano Player | Multi Award-winning producer.

Produce, Mix, Remix, Beats - Gabe Lehner (9 Theory)
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I specialize in full production and beat programming, be it hip-hop, electronic, or going for organic, realistic programmed drums that nobody would ever think were programmed. I've done work for/with Jason Mraz, Talib Kweli, Killer Mike, Inspectah Deck, Killah Priest, Emancipator, CloZee, Champagne Drip, Sophie Barker of Zero 7, and more.

PRODUCER. SONGWRITER.  - ESJAY JONES
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I’m Esjay Jones - South African born producer, songwriter & Engineer who has worked with the world's biggest rock and pop acts. Notably I recently produced and wrote for GREY DAZE, the project CHESTER BENNINGTON was working on just before he passed. I am now available here on Soundbetter to be your producer!

Pop Producer and Mixer - Austin Moorhead
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I'm a Pop Producer/Mixing Engineer/Multi-Instrumentalist with a studio in Nashville. I specialize in producing full radio ready modern pop and country tracks. I will work to get the sound YOU want for your project.

EDM \ Slap House \ Deep House  - Philip EDM Producer
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Producer, Co-creator, Universal EDM Soldier. Emotional, Bright & Loud tracks

Writer - Producer - Mixer - Adam Neilson
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I'm not good at selling myself it's awkward and always fabricated but I promise you'll be happy if you hire me.

Producer, Mixing/Mastering - Caden Jester
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My name is Caden Jester, and I specialize in turning good music into great music. Whether you have a voice memo idea on your phone, or a full song that you need mixed and mastered, I’m your guy. Once you take a listen to my music, I think that will speak for itself.

LA | Producer | Engineer - Riley Urick
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Grammy Nominated (Chris Brown "Breezy" 2022) ASCAP Award Winner!! World Class Engineer for artists like Lady Gaga, Kanye, Meek Millz and Christina Aguilera All big names aside... I am a hard worker and I take pride in what I do I don't put limits on revisions I believe in finishing songs at the highest level no matter the budget!!!

Music Producer - Antonio Ruscito
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I'm an Electronic Music producer since 2010. I collaborate with the best platforms on the screen like Afterlife,run by Tale Of Us for which i remixed the closing track of their Debut album on Deutsche-Grammophon (Universal-Music) I'm a Film-Music-Producer, i team up with the best Italian series like Suburra III from Cattleya, premiered by Netflix.

[your type] beat R&B producer  - Mark Evich
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Aye Aye! Look - instead of describing how unique and how R&B my sound is (everybody says the same thing anyway), I simply put together a reel of my latest works with different talented artists in various genres - feel free to check it out in "audio sample" section on my page. Let me know if you like that secret Mark Evich sauce ;)

Pop Producer, Mix, Dolby Atmos - Giampaolo Pasquile
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Multi-platinum producer and Grammy Awards voting member. I’m signed to Sony Music Publishing (U, S,) and I’m specialized in producing and mixing (Stereo and Dolby Atmos) Pop and Hip Hop music. I’ll work on your music to make it sound like a hit, getting your voice to stand out as great as a true star.

Music Producer / Mixer - MR. HO
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I have produced records for many major-label artists including Demi Lovato ("Dancing The Devil"), Jaden Smith and the list goes on. I am blessed to work with legends such as Mark Ronson (The Last Artful, Dodgr - HOT), Mike Dean, and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. My name is known within the industry and background checks are encouraged!

EDM Producer and Remixer - Noah Lloyd (Haterade)
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I can take your song to the next level. I've accumulated millions of streams across multiple platforms from my artist project and I can bring the same level of quality to your song.

Music Producer - Beatmaker - franZ Scandolari
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Hello everybody, i'm a professional musician and producer, since 1990 I love to experiment in the universe of electronic music.

Music Producer/Mixer/DJ - Soundmason
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Grammy Nominated Producer (Lupe Fiasco)/Mixer/DJ. I specialize in bringing out the best of your creative energy and beyond. No shortcuts. Let's elevate your music to heights you only imagined possible!

Producer/Mixer/Mastering - Robert L. Smith
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Oscar & Grammy winning, Emmy nominated Producer/Engineer/Mixer. Recent clients of note include Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, U2, The Ting Tings, Chaka Khan, Placido Domingo, Ingrid Michaelson, Christina Aguilera, Alice Cooper, and Duran Duran.

Producer|Multi-Instrumentalist - Josh Frigo
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I'm a producer and multi-instrumentalist in Nashville, TN. 10 years production experience, specializing in Pop and Alternative music. Featured music on MTV, CMT, and more.

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PRODUCER // BEATMAKER - AxeFollin
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Hi! Im Axe Follin, Music Producer and Songwritter from Argentina.Indie releases counting up to 4,5million+ plays on streaming platforms.Worked with mayor labels such as Warner Chappel, Universal and Sony. Placing songs in Films and Popular and Tv shows. Main genres are Pop, R&B and Urban music.

Latin Producer / Songwriter - ElBurrito Music
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I can give to your music the Latin Flow, mixing the new world sound with our rich latin music styles. I am from Medellín - Colombia with 12 years of experience making music every day, I will love to work with your music, my goal is to get the best of your music and put it in another level!

Production/Guitars/Mixing - Marshall Gallagher
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Hi! Marshall here, I'm a producer, songwriter, mixing engineer and guitar player based out of Los Angeles. I work with a variety of top tier artists and offer my full playing, producing and/or mixing skills for pretty damn cheap. I'll give you a slightly different edge on rock, pop, hip hop, reggae or just about anything you can throw at me.

Pop Producer & Mixer - Dibs
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Multi-Platinum Music Producer, Mixer, and Mastering Engineer with credits from every major label and over 200 million streams on Spotify. I believe music is personal, and there is no "one size fits all" approach. Instead, I work closely with every artist/producer to help translate their vision into polished, competitive, and radio-ready songs.

Producer / Writer / Mix&Master - Ralph Wegner
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Producer for David Guetta since 2013. Now also available for your projects & ideas ! Due to the large number of different projects from recent years, no genres are alien to me. Whether it's commercial pop music, EDM, house, techno or hip-hop/trap. High quality productions with 100% authenticity guaranteed.

Topline-Vocals-Guitar - Ryan Kinder
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I'm a Nashville based singer/songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, mixer signed to BMG Nashville. I've had songs placed on major network television shows, sports broadcasts, popular brands and trailers. I have over 80 millions streams as a solo artist and outside cuts. Let's make some music!

Music Producer/Mix Engineer - Killian Cruiser
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Looking for a fresh, modern production which is full of life? Any genre from Pop, EDM, Rock, Indie and pretty much anything else... I'm your guy! I have been a full time producer for 12 years working with the likes of Sony, Warner, Interscope, Syco Music, Universal and many more. I can take your bare bones song & turn it into a radio-ready song!

Latin Pop Producer/Songwriter - Macau
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Want to combine international Pop with Latin-American grooves? Then stop looking, 'cause I'm your guy. Internationally acclaimed multi-award winner, #1 📀 on iTunes and Spotify in multiple countries, here to make your visions into reality.

Pop producer & guitarist - Luke Matthew
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10+ years of experience. I've worked with songwriters and producers behind songs by Justin Bieber, Little Mix, Ed Sheeran, etc.. I’m a creative-minded producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with roots in the modern & organic pop-universe.

EDM // Pop // Indie // Dance - Taylor Franklyn
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I'm a multiple Billboard & Beatport Top 10 Charting Producer, Veteran Engineer and Musical Innovator.

Producer, Mixer, Songwriter - Danny Lapidus
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I have worked with Sara Bareilles, Katharine McPhee, Bebe Winans, Warren Haynes, Ashanti, and Broadway hits like Hamilton and Waitress. So contact me now and let's make your music shine!

Diamond Producer/Engineer - Cooper Anderson
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Production, Mix and Master services available. Credits include Kanye West's Gold Digger (Engineer) (3x Platinum) (4 Grammy Nominations, 2 Wins), Fun.'s We Are Young (Engineer) (Diamond-10M Units Sold) (5 Grammy Nominations, 1 Win), John Legend (Engineer) (Platinum), Future (Engineer) (Gold), Wu Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah, Rick Ross, etc.

Pop Producer/Songwriter - Lostchild UK
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I produce commercial, top 40 sounding pop music, taking from rock, indie pop, alternative and dance, and offer producing, mixing and remixing services. My biggest achievement so far is producing 2 EPs of material for RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 4 contestant Le Fil, with whom I created an array of songs of different genres on a strict deadline.

Producer.Songwriter.Engineer. - David Schoenwetter
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David Schoenwetter is a professional producer, songwriter, and engineer with over 10 years experience in the music industry. Specializing in modern Pop and Electronic production, but comfortable working with all genres. The song is king. Credits include: Warner, Ultra, Sony, Universal, HBO, Ford, NBC, MTV, E!, Bravo, BBC Worldwide, and more.

Pop Producer & Engineer - Refugee
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Hey! I'm an artist and record producer. My main focus is Pop, Latin Urban, EDM. I've peaked #2 in Bolivia, #39 México, #3 Perú. I've worked with major labels like Sony Music and Warner Music Group. I promise I will work day and night to get your song to the PROFESSIONAL industry standard.

Producer Mixing & Mastering  - Matteo Cerescioli
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Pro mixing and mastering engineer and highly creative producer. I guarantee i will take your songs to the next level and i will provide you with feedbacks to improve your productions. IBIZA studio: www.vanguardista.studio

Producer + Songwriter - Matthew Tryba
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I've helped create Diamond, Multi-Platinum, and Grammy winning records for OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, The Fray. I'm a Pop, Top-40, and Electro-Pop Producer/Songwriter who can bring out the best in your music.

Mixing, Mastering, Production - Michael Badal
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Producer/Remix clients include: Tiesto, Kaskade, Plumb, Above & Beyond, Timbaland, Omarion, Bow Wow, Kelly Rowland, Ciara, Nadia Ali, Jes, Andy Moor, Richard Bedford, and many more. Mixing & Mastering clients include: Dave East, Jadakiss, The Cataracs, Feenixpawl, Too $hort, Mistah F.A.B., Galestian, and many others.

Producer/Mixer/Songwriter  - John Kennedy
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Award winning Songwriter/Producer (Faith Hill/Leann Rimes/Emerson Hart) with 20 years experience in producing, mixing and writing Pop and Country hits.

Music Producer/Mixing Engineer - Josh Gold-The Basement Studio
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Full service production, mixing, mastering, and engineering. Keys, vocals, percussion, beats, programming. From idea to radio ready. Mixing and production credits include John Oates, Adam Ezra Group, Danglin (of the Wailers). Genres include rock, folk, pop, hip hop, r&b, alternative. Composition and production has been featured on radio and NBC.

MULTI-GENRE BILLBOARD PRODUCER - Guy Furious
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[ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS] Dreamville, Republic, Atlantic, Interscope etc. 200M+ streams worldwide. If you want the best for your production then look no further.

Music Producer / Mix & Master - ofo.
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Hi, I'm Ofo! I’m a Latin Grammy nominee producer and composer with over 10 years of experience and millions of streams in songs I’ve produced.

📀 The Hit Maker - Luis Canción
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(ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS) 5x Award Nominated Music Producer & Mixing Engineer, Billboard Charting Producer — Over 4,000,000 units sold for "BLESSED" Single for Willytube. Major Label credits with UNIVERSAL MUSIC, SONY, CAPITAL RECORDS CMG. Produced for HBO MAX, WWE, NETFLIX, Stranger Things, and more!

Producer/Songwriter/Mixer - Charlie Westropp
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Credits include Saint Raymond, Gabrielle Aplin and Orla Gartland. I'm a Producer/Writer/Mixer working out of my East London studio. I’ve worked with several breakthrough artists over my 20 year career in the singer-songwriter/indie pop genres helping to focus their sound, and go on to achieve Major Label success both in the UK and internationally.

Music Producer/Mixer - Michael Khan
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I'm Michael Khan - music producer/mixer/writer located in Los Angeles. I work with labels like Universal, Warner, Spinnin' Records, Revealed Recordings & others. I have 10+ years of experience working in a variety of genres such as Pop, EDM, Indie, Funk, Hip Hop, Afro, Reggaeton & more. My sound aims mostly towards Top 10 Hits.

*Music Producer / Songwriter* - Eric Sanicola
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Former RedOne producer with global hits and credits with Bishop Briggs, One Direction, Jennifer Lopez, Cascada, Dizzee Rascal, Shinee, Abraham Mateo and many more...

Producer | Singer | Engineer - electra lovelle
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Music producer, audio engineer, songwriter, and versatile vocalist with 10+ years of experience.

Producer | Recording Studio - Ben Wilkins
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Recording artist/producer from Canada with songs in the top 40 back home. I've been recording and producing music for over 20 years. I'm a multi-instrumentalist/arranger. I studied theory and harmony at University and can orchestrate and write vocal harmonies fast. I also own a recording studio in the Malibu mountains, a short drive from LA.

Producer/Session Guitarist - Paul Kinman
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Commercial quality productions with unlimited revisions and a quick turnaround time (Often 48 hours tops, sometimes within the hour). For your first job with me you can get 600 dollars per song for a production job, or 750 dollars per song for production, mix and master!

Indie Folk Producer/Songwriter - Max Helgemo
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I specialize in atmospheric production, vocal harmonies, songwriting, and acoustic guitar arranging. I love to work with artists in the indie folk, singer-songwriter or pop realm looking for a hands on approach! I've worked with emerging artists like James Ghareeb and rely mostly on my taylor 210e, goya g-10 and casio px-160 for arranging tracks.

Producer | Instrumentalist - Brandon J. Bagby
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Having worked with many Grammy® Award winning artists over the last decade, I am a producer & multi-instrumentalist available to record acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, dobro, and/or lap steel on your next song. Also available to create arrangements and produce songs, jingles, EP's, or albums! Visit www.brandonjbagby.com

Producer/Mixer/Songwriter - Martin Hollis
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Martin has worked on multiple diamond and platinum selling records for the likes Adele, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, The Rolling Stones, U2, Mark Ronson, Rudimental, Tom Walker to name a few. He's loves working on Pop, Hip/hop and EDM, making your music sound pro.

Record, Edit, Mix, and Play! - Ben Davies Music
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Mix engineer, multi instrumentalist, Tonmeister. I have produced covers with 200k+ views on YouTube and recorded and mixed records released by Moshi Moshi Music.

Producer, Mixer, Songwriter - Enrico Tiberi
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Italian music producer / mixing engineer based in Berlin. I take the production from start (recording, session musician, arrangement) to finish (mix, master). I work with Modern Sky China and I've produced for Sony, Universal, Warner and many indie labels. Plugin designer for Denise Audio plugins (www.denise.io)

Producer, Mixer, Songwriter - Adrian Zagoritis/Savannah Blue
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Hey! I'm a UK Writer / Producer, with over thirty Top 40 chart hits worldwide, including four #1s. I’m easy-going, reliable, and love what I do. With the experience of 400+ record releases w-wide, including 4 Platinum and 7 Gold records, let me help make your great song or track come to life!

Singer,Producer,Writer,Mixer - Zak Waters
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Warner/ Chappell Signed Writer, Producer, Remixer on Top Charting songs for Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert, Jojo, Superfruit, Nathan Sykes, Madeon, Adventure club, Betty Who, All American Rejects, Liz huett and Audra Mae. As well as international K-pop sensation SHINee. Also the writer, producer, singer, mixer and mastering engineer for Pretty Sister

Song Guru Producer Pro/ Mixing - Jeff Jacobs
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Producer Songwriter Pro Tools Master Touring Keyboard Player multi-inst, I'm known for my ears and song sense. My resume is long,having recorded and toured with Billy Joel, Foreigner, Julian Lennon Heather Headley Twista SugarBlue PhilRamone DanKorchmar LauraBrannigan,etc. One stop music production service. Few producers can match my experience

Producer & Female vox (Louisa) - Roger Gamon
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Clients have included (Grammy and Oscar winner) Carole Bayer Sager and many other valued musicians and songwriters with whom I have worked on a diverse array of projects. Vocals can be provided by my daughter, Louisa whose singing has been described as being 'sublime' (NorthwestEnd Reviews, Feb 2020).

The Insider's Guide to Hiring a Music Producer

For so many good reasons, you've decided to hire a music producer. Now you're starting your search for candidates. It's exciting, a bit like a first date. You're not hiring a plumber; you're trying to find your partner in art. Someone you'll have to trust with your "babies". Magic can come from the right producer-artist relationship and working with the right producer can make a song bloom. In this guide I'll offer a 4-point checklist for identifying the right producer for you.

1. Producer Types

There are different types of producers who all call themselves producers, and this can get confusing. No one is better than the other, they are just different, so it’s important to find out what kind of producer you’re talking to.

Traditional Producers

Traditional producers can take your song or song idea and turn it into a great sounding track that you can record your vocals to. This category of producers are fantastic if you’re a songwriter and when working remotely. These folks are typically good at taking a written song, and creating arrangements - deciding which instrument will play on which song and what part each instrument will play. They are instrumentalists or multi instrumentalists that may end up being your ‘band’ on the recording. In some cases they know how to oversee and coordinate a project and locate the right talent at the best price and just ‘make it happen’, not unlike a musical Project Manager or Director. In some cases they also do ‘vocal coaching’ to the artist, helping identify the best key for the vocalist and guide the artist through the vocal takes, lending their experience to when you have it nailed, when to try again and how, what types of harmonies or doubles to do etc.

Beat Makers

Beatmaker Producers are common in the EDM, Hip Hop and Pop world. They are known for - making beats, often song-starters in these genres. This type of songwriting - where the beat or music bed comes first and then a topline is written to itstarted in the world of Hip Hop but now is common in much of Pop music. Since Pop music has become more beat oriented, many pop songs are written as 'toplines (vocal melodies) over pre-existing beats by Beatmakers with a particular sound. When working with Beatmakers you’d typically either choose from an existing beat they already have (and lease it for use or buy it for exclusive use), and then write a vocal melody and lyrics over it (this is the more common use case), or you would pay the Beatmaker to create a custom beat based on your specifications or around a melody you already wrote.

As an example, Sia worked with a traditional Producer on her early records, which included live instrumentation and more organic production and songwriting processes. In interviews for her later pop-oriented releases she discusses how she wrote melodies over existing beats that Beatmakers sent her. If you listen to these records you’ll hear the stylistic difference that is due in part to the difference in process.

Some producers work as Ghost Producers, lending their skills and beats to other producers and DJs to call their own.

Both Traditional Producers and Beatmakers might or might not also be Mixing Engineers. In some cases if they mix this might be part of the package you get working with them, and sometimes their mixing chops are part of what make up the ‘sound’ they are known for. Mixing is a really important part of the production process. Some producers are hands on mixers, while others aren’t mixers at all but might sit next to mixers and direct them. They don’t have to be mixers, but it’s good to know what strengths they bring to the table.

Every producer is different. Find out what your producer brings to the table by asking them.

2. Production Samples – What to listen for

The first thing you should do is listen to audio samples and trust your ears. Considering a producer's creative involvement in the process, samples should be their pride and joy. Here are a few things you should listen for:

Professional Sound

Do the songs sound like a finished product to you? Depending on the budget, experience and source-material (talent) they were working with, it may be unrealistic to expect that every song will sound like a top-10 radio single. But if the arrangement, mix, vocal and instrumental performance are on-par with what you want to achieve, that’s a good sign. Find out if they mixed the songs on their audio sample. Since mixing is an important part of getting professional sound, the ‘sound’ quality is in part due to the mixing engineer’s skill. They might be the mixing engineer themselves. If that’s the case, you can expect to get broadly similar results with your mix, depending on the quality of input material, and assuming it’s a similar genre. So pay extra attention to the quality of the mix. If they weren’t the mix engineer on the song you heard, you want to find out who was the mixer on these songs, and whether they would be working on your song as well. This may depend on their go-to mixer’s price vis-a-vis your budget. It’s always best to do critical listening in an environment you know well - your room, your speakers or headphones.

Production Style

Is the production style one that is broadly aligned with your stylistic taste? Keep in mind what you are hearing may not necessarily need to fit your style exactly. In fact some of the best artist/producer symbiotic collaborations came from producers taking artists in a new direction. A smart artist will come with an open mind and often be willing to work with an amazing producer, even (or especially) if that producer can take you on a journey you wouldn’t have been on otherwise. Having said that, if the producer samples are all hyper-compressed, four-to-the-floor side-chained pumping, white-noise laced mega-pop, and you are pretty sure you want your recording to sound like Ryan Adams or Norah Jones, they might not be the right choice for you. If the producer is a mix engineer and takes pride primarily in knowing how to get killer live drum sounds but you do EDM, that is something to consideren this should give you pause. If you are a singer and prefer to write on top of tracks or beats, consider licensing a pre-made track. You can audition different tracks and know exactly what you’ll get.

Whatever type of producer you hire, we recommend sending them several references that represent the sound you’re going for, and telling them what you like about each reference. It may be how heavy the snare drum sounds, or the reverb on the vocals, or how washed in delay everything is, or how the tight four to the floor beat contrasts with the syncopated percussion. Whatever it is you like and are going for, communication is key.

3. What's included in the price of production?

Producers bring much value to a project and get paid for their services. It’s helpful to choose a producer who’s sound and approach you like first, and only then consider the fee. After you discuss what their fee is, you should dig deeper to find out what is included in this fee.

Is pre-production included? That is, will they spend time helping you choose the songs to produce if you have too many, or finding the right key for your voice? If they are Beatmakers, are you leasing the beat for use, or buying outright for exclusive use? Do they expect to keep any portion of the publishing (songwriting) royalties? Beatmakers are more likely to expect to keep a portion of publishing than traditional producers (especially if you wrote a melody over a beat they already had), but every producer is different and this is something you should discuss and is sometimes open for negotiation.

What’s their deliverable? This is an important expectation to align. Will they get you to a master, or will you still need to hire a mixing and mastering engineer? Do they know a good mixing and mastering engineer and how much do they charge? Will they mix your vocals in if you are recording them after they produce the track? Do you need them to? Do they play any instruments? Do you want them to? If you ask them to produce a band feel and they need to hire a drummer, bass player, keyboardist or other session instrumentalists, is that included in their rate?

4. Personal and Musical Connection

If the producer asks to hear your songs, this is a good sign. If the way they discuss the process resonates with you, this is yet another good sign. One way to gauge a producer’s customer service sensibility is from reviews of previous artists they’ve worked with. Other artists have already been there. Was their experience good? Great? Trust makes the process so much more rewarding. Working with someone you connect with on a musical and personal level makes for a better outcome.

Good luck with your production. And if you found this article useful, please share it!

 

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