Author: Tony Joett

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How to Spot the Perfect Record Producer For YOU By Tony Joett

  in Advice | Published 2013-07-19 23:44:49 | 231 Reads | Unrated

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On the surface, my very first record producer back in the mid nineties seemed like the perfect match for me, and I actually travelled, especially, to another city AND country to work with him We’d previously agreed on a couple of hundred dollars to record four tracks but by the time we’d begun l

aying down the first track, immediately after the first session, he hiked his fee to $5,000

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On the surface, my very first record producer back in the mid nineties seemed like the perfect match for me, and I actually travelled, especially, to another city AND country to work with him. We’d previously agreed on a couple of hundred dollars to record four tracks but by the time we’d begun laying down the first track, immediately after the first session, he hiked his fee to $5,000. What brought on the price hike? Well, I arrived by plane and booked myself into a five star hotel. Yes, he’d suddenly realized I wasn’t poor. Unscrupulous he was, yes, and you won’t believe what I did
next. I went to the local Diners Club Rep and withdrew the money. I was so desperate to do this I couldn’t see nor think straight. And I’m sure some of you reading this article can relate to this. Ever felt like you wanted something SO bad you didn’t give a damn what it cost? Well, that’s what it felt like for me at the time. Regrettably, I was so gullible I made the wrong move. I should’ve packed my bags and flown home. Let this be your red flag number one. If you ever run into this, don’t ignore it. Take a moment to think. Reevaluate your predicament before you make any rash decisions. Sleep over it if you have to. You’ll probably have a clearer head the next morning.



OK, so money all paid up and project underway full throttle when I discover his attitude in the studio is pretty much dictatorial. He pushes too hard and it’s rather his way or no way and he’s tactless. Not a very nice person to work with. I wasn’t impressed. That’s your red flag number two right there. If you can, book a trial session and agree on a small fee just to get to know your producer before you commission them. This would save you the hassle of having to work with someone you’re not even comfortable with. Be picky about who you work with. You want a good product and you want to enjoy the experience. There’s just as much fun in recording. It can be a magical experience when you work with people you have a good rapport and chemistry with.



And then I met multimillion selling record producer Tambi Fernando in London, who’d had numerous number one hits in the UK and had worked with top recording artists. We basically hit it off from the get-go. Excellent rapport, great chemistry and an absolute joy to work with he was. And we made good music. Not only did he have an incredible knack for drawing the best out of me, he made me—through my own effort—sound incredible. He was good at what he did. He brought the best out of an artist. Period! And when it comes to quality, there could be absolutely no comparison to my first producer. Never you mind the cost...it cost me one thousand pounds per track. Cheaper than the rip-off merchant I encountered in Mombasa. Your red flag number three? Indeed. Be on the lookout for that chemistry. That special connection between artist and producer will unlock your hidden talent and help you achieve the recording success you’ve always wanted.



And I can go on. There was the utterly disinterested producer I encountered in Manchester, UK. I was recording a track for an American music executive who’d hired an English producer to record my vocals. The producer had absolutely nothing in him. He was useless and the atmosphere in the studio was utterly inhospitable. It resulted in the project being cancelled after less than fifteen minutes of me being in the studio. In fact, we recorded nothing. So again, if you don’t like the atmosphere and the producer you’re working with isn’t one bit interested, forget it! Don’t waste your time. Tomorrow is another day. What more can I say?

Joett is a singer-songwriter, vocal coach and member of the American Society Of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP). His vocal training CD Learn to Sing with Joett is available for purchase worldwide from US-based online superstore TripleClicks. He also publishes helpful articles, tips and videos for singers on his blog at: www.joettmusic.com

Joett is a singer-songwriter, vocal coach and member of the American Society Of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP). His vocal training CD Learn to Sing with Joett is available for purchase worldwide from US-based online superstore TripleClicks. He also publishes helpful articles, tips and videos for singers on his blog at: http://www.joettmusic.com

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Joett is a vocal coach, singer & songwriter whose music (available for download on iTunes and Amazon MP3) can be heard on Internet radio Jango. He teaches voice five times a week and has a growing list of students from around the world. In 2011 he is set to release a voice training CD Learn to Sing with Joett; and his debut album Vintage In Color. For regular updates, please visit his blog at: www.joettmusic.com