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The electronic music industry - a new hat for music producers

by Carlton Whitfield. Published Sun 25 Jul 2021 14:36


Music production has changed over the last few years. The explosion in the popularity of electronic dance music (EDM) introduced some chart-topping electronic music producers to the pop scene.

Top producers such as Avicii, Skrillex, Diplo, Calvin Harris, Annie Mac, and others are highly successful in the electronic music genre.

Traditionally, in-studio music producers covered a range of functions and roles. And as technology evolved, so did the music producer’s role. With the addition of DJing skills and live act performances, the role has widened to encompass popular trends in electronic music.

So, what do electronic music producers do?

Electronic music producers still cover the traditional music producer role of record-making, but with a few added functions. Here are some functions of electronic music producers:

Management

This was traditionally a major function for producers such as Quincy Jones and George Martin. Their deep knowledge of music and business strategy served them well as manager-producers.

They played major roles in the picking of songs, coaching artists, and managing the budgets. They hired the people needed to put everything together and directed the entire process.

Creating and recording music

Music producers work with artists to create music using electronic musical instruments, digital instruments, or circuitry-based technology.

Producing music happens in a studio on a computer using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). A DAW is a software application or device used for producing, editing, recording, and mixing audio files.

Composing and arranging tracks

This involves collaborating with the artist to choose the songs that will appear on the artist’s album. The producer works with the artist on song and production arrangements.

They decide which songs to include in the album and which to leave out. Producers sometimes write original music or co-write songs with the artist.

Mixing and mastering

Producing a professional record requires the important base components of mixing and mastering. Mixing is like putting together a puzzle.

It involves combining various parts from multiple tracks to flow smoothly together. Mixing can encompass the remixing of songs that are not 100% original.

Mastering involves optimizing the overall sound by compressing, equalizing, and making stereo enhancements. It is the final post-production step.

Sound Engineer/Producer

Although traditionally, these are distinct roles in a studio, a music producer can also be a sound engineer. Sound or audio engineers make technical and mechanical decisions regarding sound during the music creation process.

DJ/Producer

Many modern electronic music producers are also DJs. DJ/Producers often produce their tracks, work with up-and-coming artists, or are in high demand, playing at live events.

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has increased in popularity around the world and is here to stay. EDM is produced by DJs who usually create mixes of tracks seamlessly during a live setting.

Producers, such as recent Grammy award winner Tiesto, top the worldwide charts and get billions of streams on their tracks.

Often top producers also play instruments or create their own tracks. For example, a top violin or guitar player may incorporate their skill into the performances.

Younger talent continues to emerge on the scene as demand rises for electronic music producers to play live entertainment gigs. If you are looking for the best violinist in electronic music production, contact the Asher Laub team.



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