As an artist manager, the task of finding the right producer presents itself on a regular basis. Pairing up an artist with a producer should take more thought than just shopping for the best price. The best price could result in a crappy sounding recording and wasted money. My advice is to put serious thought and research into your choice. I thinks it better to do a few songs with the right producer as opposed to ten songs with a producer you are settling for.
The economics of hiring a producer have changed drastically over the last few years. Due to the drop in music sales and a drop in the cost of recording technology, record labels have slashed their recording budgets forcing producers to work for lower wages. The positive thing about the economical change is that it puts great producers closer in reach for independent artists. The downside is that technology has become cheap enough that anyone can jump in the game and call himself a producer. There is a major difference in a demo producer and a record producer so make sure you are hiring the right person for the job. Many demos sound great but they are not produced well enough sonically to ever get a shot at radio. During the producer shopping process, keep in mind that producers have to eat, pay mortgages and many have families to take care of. When you find the right producer, you should be willing to pay him a decent wage for his art.
Five important questions that an artist should think about when shopping for a producer.
1) Have you heard any of the producer’s work?
2) If you have heard the producer’s work, do you love it?
3) Will the producer be writing with you to help take your songs to an even higher level?
4) Does your producer play instruments which saves you money on hiring players?
5) Is your producer more interested in the money or does he really believe in you as an artist?
The right combination of artist and producer creates beautiful records!