When you think of traditional song-based music, there’s an assumption that the starring artist is surrounded by a cast of supporting characters who help to bring their project to life. None is more important than the producer: the songwriter, editor, arranger, and conceptual visionary who can articulate, mould, oversee, and complete the artist’s sound signature.
Within electronic dance music, the producer is no less prevalent, but with a DJ-centric scene that is better known for “tracks” than “songs,” and a composition process that is more accessible and affordable than ever, the role has become less and less defined. Where exactly does the electronic music producer fit into the equation?
As we found out, the answer is: everywhere.