Working With a Professional Producer
Ever since I first heard the playback of my first string and horn arrangement recorded at a large studio, I was hooked! I love recording! Making great music sound magnificent is my professional passion.
The philosophy that undergirds all of my production work is simple: Create recordings I want to listen to. Period.
What’s it like to work with a Professional Producer and Arranger?
The movie director Alfred Hitchcock once said, “Drama is life with the dull parts left out.” For me, records are like that—an idealized version of your best YOU: Your music, cast in your image, with your input, but polished by my thousands of hours of recording studio work as a session player, an arranger, a conductor and a record producer.
In my textbook, The Professional Songwriter, I describe the many roles of a record producer. But of all the jobs this producer has, I think my most important one is to help you fulfill your musical potential through great recordings—to help you realize the sound you have imagined for yourself and your songs.
Do I record everyone? Is my studio open to anyone?
Nope. I limit my practice to working with artists in whom I see great potential for real music business success and with whom I share an artistic vision. That’s why, even though I maintain a high-quality recording studio, I do not trade as a recording studio. That means, one can’t just “book time” to produce their recordings in my studio. That would mean putting my name on work whose outcome I did not control. I take everything I produce very seriously. Anything that goes out with my name on it has to be top-notch. Period.
How I work
I partner with talented songwriters and singers to help develop them as artists. I work with them to improve their singing and performing, help them create their unique identity, refine their songs and consult with them about how they can achieve success in the music business.
Here’s an excerpt from my book, The Professional Songwriter: