‘How To Be A Great Music Producer’ was written because I have searched but never found a guide to music production that gives the reader an insight to what is actually important. Most music production courses, magazines and books focus on the use of equipment like software packages and microphone placement. These are extremely useful but they are a guide on how to use the TOOLS not what music production is really about. It's a bit like knowing how to use Photoshop and thinking it will make you a great photographer.
If you do want to be the next RedOne, Dr. Luke, Mutt Lange, George Martin or Rick Rubin then ‘How To Be A Great Music Producer’ should really help you think more like them.
When I first started as a runner in a studio almost 30 years ago, I was sat down by the Chief Engineer and told that the most vital thing to understand and remember is that music production is 95% psychology and 5% technology. In my view way too much of the material out there focuses on the 5% technology so I want to redress the balance.
I intend this little book of big concepts to be the first in a series. My hope is that readers will give constructive feedback with requests for other areas that they would like covered in the future.
I was lucky to have started in the old system where if you wanted to be a music producer you did an apprenticeship in a recording studio shadowing established producers and you learnt as you went along. If you were lucky you got to observe some of the greats of music and production create masterpieces that stood the test of time. I was extremely lucky!
My career has taken me from Ireland, the UK, around Europe, USA and to Australia. I have met and collaborated with some of the greats in music production and artists. Some of the ones I am most proud of are U2, Def Leppard (Hysteria album, Depeche Mode (Violator Album), Black Sabbath, Yes and many more. Since 2002 I have been a tutor at BIMM (Brighton Institute of Modern Music) and have developed a real passion for music education, especially as the opportunities that I had, are not their any more.