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Plockton Blue



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producer's brief - tips
      #845020 - 07/07/10 05:05 PM
Hi,

I'm just about to put together a brief for my producer for a new song, and I wanted some tips on what kind of things I should mention.


Thanks

p.s. apologies if this is in the wrong forum, mods please move accordingly

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Re: producer's brief - tips new [Re: Plockton Blue]
      #845093 - 07/07/10 10:52 PM
What do you mean when you say 'producer'? i.e. what is their role, and how developed are your songs? is it 'just' a mix you're getting, or are they tracking, arranging etc as well? Broadly speaking I'd get some tracks together as references, and talk to your producer about what you like and what you don't.


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Re: producer's brief - tips new [Re: Mixedup]
      #845095 - 07/07/10 10:57 PM
Well, what do you WANT him to do? Are you arriving in the studio with a fully worked-out and rehearsed song - all he needs to do is supervise the recording engineer (or quite likely these days BE the recording engineer)? Or have you just got a vague idea for a song and need him to do a lot of the musical work for you?


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Re: producer's brief - tips new [Re: Plockton Blue]
      #845101 - 07/07/10 11:21 PM
It's just an idea.

The execution of said idea, i'm leaving the majority of to the producer and studio.

Basically, I'm trying to ascertain the salient points for my producer without over egg-ing the pudding...

i.e what actually helps, and what's the common pitfalls.

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Re: producer's brief - tips new [Re: Plockton Blue]
      #845102 - 07/07/10 11:56 PM

Music producers!? puffed up middle aged x rock stars. with their fancy cars. lazy hippies.
Get out of bed u lazy hippy. That's one way to deal with them.

Another way might be to plead with them.

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Re: producer's brief - tips new [Re: Plockton Blue]
      #845106 - 08/07/10 01:33 AM
Define 'Producer'!

As in someone who will mash up yo BeAtZ like innit...

Or someone who will take responsibility for your songs and their arrangements, will organise and hire the right session musos, liaise with the recording engineers to get the right results (as they think fit - in collusion with you) for your material, etc., and bring all this in on (or - preferably - under) budget?

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Re: producer's brief - tips new [Re: Plockton Blue]
      #845186 - 08/07/10 10:25 AM
Quote Plockton Blue:

It's just an idea.

The execution of said idea, i'm leaving the majority of to the producer and studio.

Basically, I'm trying to ascertain the salient points for my producer without over egg-ing the pudding...

i.e what actually helps, and what's the common pitfalls.

Thanks




So you've got an idea for a song and want this guy to write it for you? Sit down with him and work it out.

I'm getting a horrible feeling this may be one of those "hire me for 4 hours" deals where a guy who owns some gear and knows a few tricks gives you a limited amount of time, sends you away with a CD and pockets your money. Why bother?


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Re: producer's brief - tips new [Re: Exalted Wombat]
      #845194 - 08/07/10 10:44 AM
Quote Exalted Wombat:

So you've got an idea for a song and want this guy to write it for you? Sit down with him and work it out.




Surely that's a co-writer EW?

It certainly does sound like a weird arrangement when you're depending on someone else for creative input but don't know what to ask him


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Re: producer's brief - tips new [Re: Martin Walker]
      #845325 - 08/07/10 03:40 PM
suggest you have a read of this:



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Re: producer's brief - tips new [Re: Plockton Blue]
      #845329 - 08/07/10 03:45 PM
...... and I'll have a smile at that one


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