For those who arrive on this page by chance, this article is the continuation of the article explaining what a good DJ is and what his job is If you are not already, fear not this article is also valid for all artists Previously, I explained that a DJ is a technician within addition, a role of animator and that it was necessary to distinguish him well from what one calls the “DJ producer” AND the artist-author composer. And since now thanks to the previous article, you know perfectly well what the job of DJ is, I will focus precisely on what a producer is and “dot the i’s” on what is called a “DJ producer” to finally upgrade those who deserve to be better known, namely, the director, the arranger, and the sound engineer.
WHAT IS A MUSIC PRODUCER?
A music producer is a person or a company whose function is to finance a musical project with the aim of releasing a product and earning profits from it.
This is why by default, all the artists who do not have a producer but make music (or other) in order to make a living from their art, are therefore producers because they invest themselves in their equipment in order to be able to create and sell.
However, you must know it, the artist’s investment is rarely enough, which is why the artist, therefore, calls on or is called by a producer who sees in him an economic potential to make money.
In addition, be aware that a producer cannot be the manager of the artist he is producing because the manager must not advance the interests of the producer first, but those of his artist.
ARTISTIC PRODUCER OR FINANCIAL PRODUCER?
- The role of the financier is that which defines the term ” producer ” and
by abuse of language, it is called ” financial producer “.
- The role of the director is the one that defines the term ” director ” and
by abuse of language, he is called an ” artistic producer “.
WHAT IS A DIRECTOR?
The director (also called by abuse of language “artistic producer”) is a person who supervises all the stages which lead an artistic project towards its concrete realization with a view to being exploited. This means that its role is to control the completion of work carried out by others.
A songwriter has finished the score and writing of a song that will be performed by a singer and musicians.
- The director supervises the recording stage made by the sound engineer (s) .
- The director supervises the stage of sound dressing and the addition of effects by the arrange
- The director supervises the mixing stage of the recorded work made by the studio engineer
- The director supervises the mastering stage of the work made by the mastering engineer
Its role can go further, for example, supervising the production of the album cover and even more when it comes to a video clip.
However, for all the stages he supervises, the director can decide to carry out operations himself and can thus combine various roles such as those of sound technician, engineer, arranger, editor, graphic designer, etc …
WHAT IS AN ARRANGER?
An arranger is a musician, an artist, who “dresses” and adapts a musical composition. He starts from a composition already created and adds effects and musical instruments to add breadth to the composition or with the aim of adapting it to a well-defined style of music. For example, an arranger adapts rock music into a reggae version.
A DJ who takes up music with computer music software with the idea of making a different “version” of it is, therefore, an arranger who is called by abuse of language “remixer”.
WHAT IS A DJ PRODUCER?
A DJ producer is a DJ who in addition to his profession of DJ assumes the financing of an artistic project and that is it.
This means that contrary to what we think:
A DJ PRODUCER IS NOT AN AUTHOR COMPOSER!
And therefore by definition, does not necessarily create the music it produces Also, for marketing reasons, you will understand the interest that we are sure to play on this ignorance of the general public, HOWEVER, a good number of DJ producers are also arrangers, directors, composers, authors, performers But in this case, we call them: