There seem to be as many definitions of what a producer does as there are producers! So here is my philosophy of the producer's role.

If I agree to produce a band, it's because I love their music. I see their potential. My whole purpose as their producer is to help them make the best album they can possibly make. I start by really getting to know the band. I go to their shows and practices. I listen to their existing albums and their demos. Then I ask myself: “What does this band really need from me? How can I be of maximum service? How can I support this band's creative vision?”

Some bands just need a little nudge in the right direction; some experienced guidance and a fresh set of ears. Others need someone to sort through their songs, help with arrangements, to pick the right studio, maybe find the perfect pedal steel player for that special overdub…basically someone to help make it happen. 

Here's a brief list of some of the things I do as a producer:

  • Work with the band to establish and stick to a budget and schedule
  • Help with song selection and in clarifying an album's artistic direction
  • Work on pre-production tasks like demos, guide tracks and compiling reference material
  • Help with arrangements
  • Attend and guide rehearsals to ensure the best preparation for recording
  • Book studio time and hire engineers (if I am not engineering as well)
  • Hire studio musicians (if needed) for those special parts
  • Guide all recording, mixing and mastering sessions
  • Facilitate your CD/Vinyl artwork design and manufacturing

If you’re interested in exploring working with me as the producer for your next recording, let’s talk and see if it’s a good fit!