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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EDM Producer and Remixer - Noah Lloyd (Haterade)
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10 million streams across platforms, track support from Skrillex and Diplo, 17 years experience in writing a variety of genres in dance music. Check out my reviews to hear what my clients have to say about my work.

Music Producer, Pop & EDM - Simon Jacobsson
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100,000,000+ Spotify streams / Billboard charted / Major label credits like Atlantic Records, Universal, Warner Music, Sony Music and Armada / Featured on Netflix & TV.

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.

Producer | Mixing | Editor - Aaron Bryn
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Diamond certified and over 12 years of experience working with hundreds of artists such as BLANKA, James Newman, GRACEY, Audien and many more. Recordings from budget setups to high-end studios, I've worked with them all and know exactly how to get the best out of any track.

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!

Music Producer, Mix, Mastering - ALOU Productions
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Quality and experienced Production, Mixing, Mastering, Vocal Editing & Production! 35+ Million Streams worldwide and worked with/supported by the likes of Spinnin', Hexagon, Sony Music, Universal, Soave, Central Station, Loudkult 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.

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.

Music Producer/Mixing-Engineer - Kevin Cho
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World-Class Multi-Platinum 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 "Lay Down" #1 and Platinum. Producer/Arranger for Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise Tour (Kanye, Arianna Grande, John Legend, Travis Scott etc.)

PRODUCER || PIANO GUY  - Chris Adams (CA)
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BILLBOARD-CHARTING PRODUCER. PROGRAMMER. PIANO PLAYER. AWARD- WINNING. MULTI- GENRE PRODUCER. ONE OF SOUNDBETTER's TOP-3 HIGHEST REVIEWED PRODUCERS.

Production/Guitars/Mixing - Marshall Gallagher
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Hi! 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.

Music Producer & Mixer - Chris Camilleri
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A producer / mixer based in New York City with hundreds of major label & indie credits. I've mixed for incredible vocal talents including John Legend, Barns Courtney, and Lennon Stella, and produced records for NY bands The Backfires and MS MR.

Session Guitarist | Composer - Bryan Kelley
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Specializing in producing artists focused on getting their music placed in Film & TV, trailers, ads and promos. As a music producer, composer, and songwriter, I have over 25 years of experience with thousands of placements. Credits include 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Disney, Universal, Sony, Pixar, Lionsgate, Netflix, ABC, CBS, NBC, and many more.

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.

Producer/Composer/Mix Engineer - Yuri Zwadiuk
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Multi instrumentalist producer and mix engineer - pop / r&b / dance / hip hop

PRODUCER. SONGWRITER.  - ESJAY JONES
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I’m Esjay - South African born Grammy Featured producer & songwriter who has worked with the world's biggest rock & pop acts. I recently co-wrote&produced a song with BILLY CORGAN as well as producing an album for GREY DAZE, the project CHESTER BENNINGTON was working on just before he passed. I am now available on Soundbetter to be your producer!

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.

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.

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!

PRODUCER UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP - 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!

Prod, Exec Prod, Consult, Mix - David Kershenbaum
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I have produced & mixed over 75 international gold and platinum albums. Whether you need musicians, online production,help with lyrics, structure, arrangement, song selection. I also offer EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION to oversee your project. I have worked the most successful artists in the world BEFORE they became successful. DEEP INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE.

RnB, Soul, Hip-Hop, Gospel - LUIS CANCIÓN - Producer/Mixer
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Hitmaker with 30M streams and a knack for chart-topping success. Teamed up with GRAMMY-winners like Snoop Dogg, The Game, Andy Mineo and Lecrae and major labels such as Sony and Universal. Berklee-trained and Billboard-Certified, with work showcased on Hulu, HBO Max, and Netflix.

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., and have produced several songs for America's Got Talent. I’m a creative-minded producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with roots in the modern & organic pop-universe.

✪ Pro Music Producer - Austin Moorhead
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I’m a pro Nashville based multi-genre producer who can produce, mix, and master your track from scratch. I love working in many styles. Whether it’s straight pop/rock, a modern Nashville sound, or a more bedroom/indie-pop sound you want, I’ll get you the sound YOU want, with top quality results that will stand out!

✪ Song Guru|✪Producer|✪Mixer - Jeff Jacobs
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Producer Songwriter Pro Tools Master Touring Keyboard Player multi-inst, and vocalist. I am known for my ears and song sense. Having toured and recorded with Billy Joel, Foreigner, Julian Lennon, Lou Gramm All Stars, Heather Headley Twista SugarBlue PhilRamone DanKorchmar LauraBrannigan,etc.Very Few producers can match my skill and experience.

Producer/Songwriter - Kate L. Malone
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Need a full band track built for a song that you believe in? Have a vocal track that just lacks that “wow-factor”? Today's radio-ready sound requires a lot of behind-the-scenes processing, and if you want your song to compete you need to work with someone who knows ALL the tricks.

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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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.

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

Sophisticated Music Producer  - Kipper Eldridge
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Kipper is a Grammy and Emmy award winning producer keyboard programmer guitarist and vocalist. He can mix remotely or in person with studios in both Bali and London.

Producer | Mixer | Guitarist - JxckFruit
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Multi-instrumental producer specialising in Rock and Metal with10,000,000+ streams and credits including Universal Records, Busted, Earache Records, APM Publishing, Kartel Records. Take a look at my simple working process below and we can make something awesome together.

Producer.Songwriter.Engineer. - David Schoenwetter
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I'm here to realize YOUR vision and make incredible music together! I'm a NYC based Producer, Mixer, DJ, Writer, who has worked with award winning artists, major labels, TV shows, and indie artists around the world. I specialize in Pop and Dance music, but have worked on thousands of songs across all genres. Get in touch with me and let's work!

Produce/Mix/Master - Jimmy Deer
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I'm fortunate to have worked on Billboard #1s with Grammy/Platinum artists + writers–Seal, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Gorillaz' Miho Hatori, Blac Youngsta, India.Arie and more–garnering millions of streams + over 300 major label, film+tv placements in the process. I'll bring all this experience and passion to your project. I love to teach too!

Producer/Session Guitarist - Paul Kinman
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Commercial quality productions/mixes with unlimited revisions and a quick turnaround time.

Electronic // Indie // Music - Taylor Franklyn
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Millions of streams, chart-topping expertise, musical mastery.

Producer | Beatmaker | Mentor - GËKKØ
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My mission is to bring YOUR vision to life and make amazing music together. I am a NY-based producer, engineer and mentor who worked with GRAMMY winners, major labels, global brands and indie artists from across the world. I specialize in pop, urban and EDM but have worked on hundreds of songs across all types of genres. Hit me up and let's talk!

Music Producer / Mixer  - MR. HO
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Major-label producer/mixing engineer based in LA. Produced for/with: Chlöe Bailey, Demi Lovato, Jaden, Xtina, Mark Ronson, Mike Dean and multiple placements in TV/Film/Advertising. I'm here to consult and/or produce your project and give you the tools necessary to tell your story and equip you for success! Verifiable credits!

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.

House EDM Producer & Engineer - Dave Summit
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Artist / Tech-House Techno EDM Producer / Mix Engineer. My name is Dave Summit (Montreal, Canada) and I can take your project to the next level. I've signed on Toolroom Records, Spinnin' Records, Insomniac and supported by Tiesto, Kaskade, Dom Dolla, John Summit, David Guetta and more. My mission is to bring the same level of quality to your songs.

Producer & Mixer - Dr.Ford
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11x Awards, 7x #1 on iTunes, 2018 Billboard Top 20. Australia Radio #1 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, Remixer, Songwriter - Michael Banks
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Music producer, remixer, songwriter & mix engineer with over 15 years experience in House, EDM, Indie Rock & Pop. I've collectively generated more than 100 million plays across Spotify, Youtube & Apple Music and have scored ad spots for Spotify, Heron Preston & The New York Times. Labels: Thrive, Nervous, Glassnote, Kitsuné & Vision One

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.

Top 40 POP / EDM Producer  - Refugee
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Top 40 POP / EDM Producer. I've peaked #2 in Bolivia, #39 México, #3 Perú. I've worked in the industry for 10+ years and published songs that have made millions of streams. I promise I will work day and night to get your song to the PROFESSIONAL industry standard. I have that sound you're looking for!

Producer, Mixer, Musician - Kenny Carkeet
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RIAA Diamond Certified producer in Los Angeles. My biggest song is "Sail" by AWOLNATION selling over 15 Million records worldwide. I played in AWOLNATION for 8+ years touring the world, playing every festival, and TV show. Now I write, record, produce, and program records full time in Los Angeles, CA.

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

Producer, Mixer, Songwriter - Danny Lapidus
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I have worked with Sara Bareilles, Laundry Day, Bebe Winans, Warren Haynes, Ashanti, and Broadway hits like Hamilton and Waitress. Clients include HBO, Sesame Street, Universal, Disney, Netflix, ROKU and Amazon. So contact me now and let's make your music shine!

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 Deadmau5, Dave East, Jadakiss, The Cataracs, Feenixpawl, Too $hort, Mistah F.A.B., Galestian, and many others.

✪ Premium 2x Grammy Producer - Jon-John Robinson
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Credits include TLC, Jodeci, Diana Ross and more.

R&B producer [your type beat] - Mark Evich
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Focus on R&B / Soul | Placements on HBO Max, Netflix, BBC, Amazon Prime | New Music Friday, Fresh Finds, R&B X and iTunes charts | 6,500,000 streams and counting. I've been producing records professionally for 11 years, and I love it more and more each day. Let's get things DONE.

Producer, Mixing/Mastering - Caden Jester
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With 15 years of experience & 20M+ streams, I have a proven track record of turning good music into great music. Whether you have a voice memo that you need produced or a full song that you need mixed and mastered, I’m your guy.

Songwriter Vocal Expert - Angelo Iossa
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Father, Husband, Follower of Jesus... Vocal Producer, Song Designer. Once, I believed all I had was a voice with a name and a face! Now, I realize I have been blessed with so many gifts, intended to help others craft beauty from their own hearts. Let me help you! Allow me to use these gifts to elevate your project by fueling your talents and ideas!

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/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.

✪ Premium Latin Producer - 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.

Indie Music Producer - Brian Squillace
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Let me help you discover your sound! Whether we are starting a song from scratch, or building on your existing demo, I can turn it into a professional playlist-ready track. Tracks I've produced have landed on Spotify and Apple editorial playlists, as well as been featured by blogs like NPR Music, Spin, Noisey, and others.

Producer | Recording Studio - Ben Wilkins
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Recording artist/producer from Canada with songs in the top 40 back home. 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.

Pop/Folk Songwriter & Producer - Abbey Loren
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Experienced Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer of 15 years with over 10M streams. My passion is taking a song from any starting point, whether it’s a voice memo or a recorded demo, and turning it into a radio ready track with a sound truly unique to you. My goal is always for you to be over the moon with what we create together.

Modern Pop/Indie Pop Producer - Patrick Wörner
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I am Patrick Wörner. My speciality is modern pop & indie pop music. Credits include Warner Chappell Music, SMV Schacht Music Publishing, Sirup Music, Studio Fontana and more. I'll work nonstop to get your song to the professional industry standard and I'll have no peace of mind until you are 100% satisfied - that's a promise!

Latin Pop Producer  - Riosse
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TURN YOUR IDEAS INTO MUSICAL HITS! I'm a Latin producer specializing in Latin Pop, Reggaeton / Dembow and House. My passion is to craft a sound that stands out from the crowd. If you're looking for a 2024 sound, I'M YOUR GUY!

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 - Cory "Soundmason" Doan
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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!

Sonic Ear Candy - Brad Grobler (BIG Productions)
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A Multigenre acclaimed Music Producer, Songwriter & Vocalist based in the Netherlands. I'm excited to announce that I am now available for your music needs! 🎧🎤 Whether you're looking for Pro HQ music production, top-notch mixing and mastering, captivating songwriting, or even Pop Hit vocals, I'm here to bring your musical vision to life!

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!!!

Producer | Female vox (Louisa) - Roger Gamon
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I'm a multi-instrumentalist producer/arranger. Clients have included (Oscar and Grammy winner) Carole Bayer Sager and many other valued musicians and songwriters with whom I have worked on diverse projects. I provide complete song production, for eg: - a fully produced instrumental/backing track - vocal production | - mixing & mastering

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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