1. As a beginning producer, what are the 2 biggest issues you’re dealing with?
2. Regarding learning to produce music, what would you wish for more than anything else?
1. First big issue, distinguishing chaff from wheat when it comes to online information, especially in facebook groups and the likes. It often becomes an issue of the blind leading the blind, or at best the one-eyed (with a blurry monocle) :) One wrong pointer can send a budding producer in a totally wrong direction, and recovering can take years of frustration.
A typical manifestation of this is over focus on gear as opposite to skill.. questions like "what's the perfect vocal plugin chain" abound and reveal a huge misunderstanding of what recording and mixing is... and they often get answered!
Second big issue, is to truly have a good recording and monitoring space. Both for cost reasons and since it's very uncommon, but mainly because for most people, unless you're specifically directed to it, it's not something that you would think about or are accustomed to think of.
It's as removed as thinking that a particular scent is needed in the air for recording.. :D
In most rooms we hear regular sounds and even music reasonably well, as our brain adjusts to the overall sound, so it's not intuitive at all that you need to do something special in a room before recording or mixing. Even the "good sounding room" is not a commonly grapsed concept.
It doesn't help that the jargon used by people who actually know how to record and mix properly is often far from precise or illustrative - everybody in the circle more or less know what it is, so it's not needed, but a beginner has a hard time figuring out what's what.
2. Well, obviously addressing these issues. Hammering in that skills and context are far more important that whatever hardware and software you have. Removing myths and misunderstandings due to confirmation bias and group thinking. Explain stuff in a simple manner but without distorting it. And so on.