The term ‘music producer’ means different things to different people. Some are musicians, some are engineers, some are re-mixers.
So what does a music producer actually do?
In very pragmatic terms, the producer is a ‘project manager’ for the recording, mixing and mastering process.
The producer has an overall vision for the music, the sound and the goals of the project, and brings a unique perspective to inspire, assist and sometimes provoke the artists.
The producer should make the record more than the sum of its parts – you could almost say he is trying to create musical alchemy.
Every producer brings different skills and a different approach, and this can make what they do difficult to summarise.