Top Music Producers for hire

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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.

Music Producer, Pop & EDM - Simon Jacobsson
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Over the recent years, my work has been streamed more than 60 Million times on Spotify alone, featured on the Billboard charts, multiple Netflix series and played on radio stations across the world.

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.

[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 ;)

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.

Music Producer/Mix Engineer - Killian Cruiser
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I am originally from Manchester, UK but have lived in Los Angeles for the last 10 years. I have worked with many of the major labels such as Sony, Interscope etc and work frequently with Sync Licensing/publishing companies.

Hip Hop & RNB/Soul Producer - Luis Canción
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[ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS.] 4x Billboard-charter, 4x Award Nominated Engineer. 15 Years of Experience! Major Label/Artist Credits include Snoop Dogg, Lecrae, Social Club Misfits, Universal Music, Capitol Records CMG, Interscope, Curb Records. UFC, WWE, and more.

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, Beat Maker - GËKKØ
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#1 REVIEWED PRODUCER ON SOUNDBETTER | If you are looking for that new, modern sound in Pop, R&B, and Hip Hop...I'm your guy! I worked with labels like Atlantic and Empire and the likes of Hit Boy, Mozzy and Bazzi. I can create your song from scratch or build the arrangement around your lyrics. Hit me up and let's talk! I'm here to help :)

PRODUCER/MIXER/BASSIST - Ben Rubin
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Whether he’s melding hip-hop and jazz with Masta Ace and Donny McCaslin, playing bass at the Newport Jazz Festival with Dred Scott Trio, or remixing Karsh Kale or WuTang’s Killah Priest, 2x-Grammy-nominated producer/(re)mixer/bassist/composer Ben Rubin (aka Benny Cha Cha) is renowned for making records that are pure or genre-bending or both.

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, Singer/Keys - 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.

Country & Pop Producer & Mixer - Dr.Ford
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11x Award Winning Producer & Mixer. 4x #1 on iTunes, 2018 Billboard Radio Top 20. Specializing in Country & Non-EDM Pop 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.

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!

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 for television show Criminal Minds. Producer/Arranger for Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise Tour.

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.

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. Credits include AEON Audio, Pyramind Studios and Axsens Music.

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.

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!

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

Producer, Mixing, Beat Maker - 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.

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!

Producer/ Piano Guy - Chris Adams (CA)
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I am Chris Adams | Musical Genius | Billboard-Charting Producer | Programmer | Piano Player | Award-winning producer. I work with ANY and ALL types of budgets.. please (3x) do not hesitate to reach out. Click the "Contact" button and let's Produce your project!!

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.

LA | Producer | Engineer - Riley Urick
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ASCAP Award winning Producer for artists like Chris Brown, Tyga, Usher and Many Television Shows World Class Engineer for artists like Lady Gaga, Kanye, Meek Millz and Christina Aguilera Come learn with me and Raise the Bar of Quality to the next level

Production/Mixing/Mastering - 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, Ali Tamposi ("Havana"), India.Arie, etc.–garnering millions of streams + over 300 major label, film+tv placements in the process. But you don't need Grammys to work with me–just passion and talent.

Platinum Producer & Engineer 🔥 - Steven Kubie Productions
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Hey! I'm a Multi-Platinum, 1x Grammy Award Winning, and 3x Latin Grammy Nominated producer, songwriter, artist and engineer. I've worked on major artists' projects including Chris Brown, Ludacris, Missy Elliott, City Girls, Ozuna, Mary J Blige, SWV, Trina, Akapellah, and more! Looking forward to working with you soon!

Produce Heaters,  - 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.

Diamond Producer/Engineer - Cooper Anderson
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Dolby Atmos Mixing, Production, Mix and Master services available. Grammy-winning Diamond & multi-Platinum Engineer and Producer. Credits include Kanye West (Platinum), Fun.(Diamond), John Legend(Platinum), Wu Tang Clan, Rick Ross, etc.

Production/Live 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.

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.Mixer.Songwriter - Rich Pilkington
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Rich is a Music Producer, Songwriter, Mixer & Remixer with releases on Warner, Universal, Ultra (Sony), Armada and other labels. His music has garnered over 17 million streams to date and he's won international songwriting competitions, specializing in Pop & EDM, but works in all genres.

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.

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 ("Showmatch"the highest rated TV show in Argentina). Main genres are Pop, R&B and Urban music.

Producer, Composer & Mixer - Shrai Pradhan
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I am a Music Producer from Mumbai, India. I specialize in Electronic Music and Pop with experience producing Hip-Hop, Bollywood, & Punjabi as well. I have had multiple worldwide releases under various international record labels. To date, I have worked with artists from over 32 countries.

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, songwriter.  - Chris Zadley
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Latest hits 💿: J balvin, Reik, Lalo ebratt - Indeciso +40 Platinum Worldwide 💿 Lola Indigo Ft Rauw Alejandro, Lalo Ebratt - 4 besos 2X platinum 💿 Aitana Ft Reik - Enemigos 1x gold 📀 spoiler N1 in charts and 2X Platinum (Spain) (Chile) 💿💿

*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, 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.

Prod, Evaluation, Consult, Mix - David Kershenbaum
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I have produced & mixed over 75 international gold and platinum albums. Whether you need a vibrant mix, 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

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 Dance-Pop Producer/Songwriter who can make your music sound pro.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Guitarist | 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

MULTI-GENRE BILLBOARD PRODUCER - Guy Furious
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Dreamville, Atlantic, Interscope etc. 150M+ streams worldwide. If you want the best for your production then look no further.

Producer, Mixer, Songwriter - Enrico Tiberi
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Italian music producer and sound engineer based in Berlin. I take the production from start (recording, session musician, production) to the end (mixing, mastering). I've published and produced for Sony, Universal, Warner and many independent labels. I create audio plugins with Denise Audio (www.denise.io).

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.

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/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 | Mixer - Michael Khan
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I'm Michael Khan - music producer/mixer from Virginia based 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, Hip Hop, R&B, Reggaeton, Afrobeat & more. I consider my sound to be very radio/mainstream.

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!

Producer, Mixing & Mastering - Darren Rust
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Darren Rust is a 4-time Emmy Award winner, Dove award winner, and Grammy Certificate Award winner, and has been producing, recording, mixing & mastering for over 30 years!

Music Producer & Mixer - Chris Camilleri
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I am a producer and mixer based in New York City. I've done projects for Capitol Records, Columbia Records, Sony Legacy, Downtown Records, and many outstanding voices including John Legend, Barns Courtney, and Lennon Stella. I'll bring to your song a deep understanding of musical form and an obsession with tone that you'll hear instantly.

Music Producer, Engineer - Rami Beatz (Ramii)
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I've produced for artists such as Kid Cudi, Phoebe Bridgers, MGK, Anderson Paak, Big Sean etc. I am a RIAA Certified Multi Platinum Producer whose work has been multiple times on Billboard Top Charts, and I've recently won the TV show “The Cut” by Redull! I would love to help improve your music and take it to the next level

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.

Record, Edit, Mix, and Play! - Ben Davies Music
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Tonmeister, mix engineer, and multi instrumentalist. My recent Beyoncé cover video has 200k+ views on YouTube.

Remixer and Producer - Joe Sheriff
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My releases have been placed on notable editorial playlists from Spotify and Apple, such as Nightrider (Spotify) This is How We Do (Spotify) UK New Music Friday (Spotify), Dance XL (Apple), New in Dance (Apple). I specialise in electronic music, electronic production, and remixing.

Producer | Songwriter | Singer - James Nagel
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I'm a producer and award-winning songwriter from the California Bay Area. You probably have heard many of my songs in commercials and hit TV shows without evening knowing it! My forte is in creating ear-catchy productions that leave listeners humming their melodies for weeks to come. I would love to meet you and hear more about your next project!

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).

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 Mixing & Mastering - Mark Dorflinger
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Hi I'm Mark, I am a professional in the music industry delivering exceptional quality in music production & recording/mixing/mastering. I have many credits under my belt including billboard charting and RIAA Platinum records. I am very passionate about the projects I work on and enjoy giving feedback

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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