Joined: 31 Dec 1969
Location: NEW YORK
|Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:43 pm Post subject:
|b) PRODUCERS: There are two types of âProducersâ, Executive Producer, and Music Producer. Letâs define both of these terms:
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: is the person or company that takes charge of the financial and administrative expenses relating to a project or an album. ( For example, in the Haitian community, when a certain individual or a company ie:/ Nouvel Generasyon/HARMONY RECORD or AC Records etcâŠengages a group, and gives them a certain amount of $ to license, market and distribute their products, then, that company or that individual is the âExecutive Producerâ of that projectâŠnot the Music Producer.)
MUSIC PRODUCER: is the individual or company in charge of the artistic and musical direction of an album, that person is usually a musician, or musically inclined and is usually very involve with the musicians and the decision making of the entire album. We can safely say that a music producer has a heavy influence on what the final product of a group will sound like.
However, letâs be clear, in the US and other main stream markets, one doesânt necessarily have to be a musician to be a music producer, ergo P-DIDDY aka Puff Daddy and many others made that clear, when they came out and expressed to the world that they donât play no instrument, and they have no intentions of playing instruments, but they are still music producers because what they do is, they have musical ideas, and they hire musicians and tell them to play this or that, and hire people on the basis of what âs known as âWork For Hireâ and get their albums done, and then, they get the credits as âMusic Producerâ which is totally legal, and ethical in todayâs music business.
In our community, most of the people that we call music producers are actually âExecutive Producersâ and Distributorsâ
The simple fact that most Haitian bands produce their own music for their albums in the studio collectively as a group, and then, take the finish product to the labels for distribution and promotion, classifies the musicians as âMusic Producersâ of their albums. However, there may be times when one individual can play both roles, as an executive producer and a music producer.
One such person is Mr. Fred Paul From Mini Records, as a kid, I used to always look at his name on the old Haitian albums, and later on when I became a producer/ musician, I have had few opportunities to work with him, and they were definitely memorable experiences. He was in total control of the studio, he directed the musicians, he contributed in all levels, music, arrangement of horns, which microphones are more suitable for certain parts etcâŠthatâs a âProducer â who can and do wear both hats.
MORE TO COME!