Thursday, April 3, 2014

What Makes A Great Music Producer (Arranger) So Good?

A good music producer has this basic and simple idea, to actually listen to the music we were putting out and see if it was as good as it could be. That was something that didn't exist. It was just a conveyor belt putting stuff out. For example a producer will get  40 upcoming releases by artists. At the end of that, only two of them survived. And then we signed all new artists.

A talented  music producer or arranger never decide if an idea is good or bad until he/she tries it. So much of what gets in the way of things being good is thinking that we know. And the more that we can remove any baggage we’re carrying with us, and just be in the moment, use our ears, and pay attention to what’s happening, and just listen to the inner voice that directs us, the better.

This means he/she is open to using her instincts instead of going, “Oh, that’s not going to work.” Or listening to the part of your brain that goes, “Oh, that’s out of tune.” Or the part of your brain that says, “That’s too loud.” You have to shut off all of those voices and look for these special moments—these moments that you accept you have no control over. So much of my job is to not think—to be open to what’s there, and then use my intuition to see where it takes me.

But it’s not the voice in your head. It’s a different voice. It’s not intellect. It’s not a brain function. It’s a body function, like running from a tiger. This is why, we have people like Nasr Mahrous, Hamid El Shari, Hassan El Shafie who do this kind of work and achieve such fame. They too know that technology makes it easy to get everything “right.” But if you rely on technology to get it right, you’re removing all of the human drama. The way most music is made today is parts are created and then played perfectly and then copied and pasted. Everything’s in time, everything’s in tune, but it’s not a performance.

Song Omy Thoma Omy In Studio - أغنية امي ثم امي فى الاستوديو


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