So, what does a Music Producer actually do? According to world-renowned, GRAMMY-winning Record Producer and Berklee Professor Prince Charles Alexander:
“The main role of the Producer is to create an overall vision of what the record will sound like, and to harness the efforts of the team to bring that vision to life. There are three areas, or levels, of being a Producer: an Executive Producer provides funding, the Creative Producer is what we usually think of when we use the word ‘Producer’ whose job is to set the artistic direction, and the Technical Engineer. The first two kinds of Producers are relatively straightforward, but the Technical Engineer can actually be divided into three realms: recording, mixing, and mastering. So, the Engineer is a part of the production team, and their role is highly technical. Most Engineers specialize, to some degree in one of those areas, especially Mastering Engineers.”
Charles points out that there are different types of Music Producers, and they may specialize in one or more areas. As a job description, “Producer” can mean many things. For example, some Producers might work in A&R (Artist and Repertoire) at a record label, be a Music Executive, work hands-on in the studio, or even do live sound for clubs, concerts, tours, or sporting events. Many Producers are also Music Arrangers and performers, or they could be Songwriters and Composers.
For the recent college graduate, securing an internship could lead to a job, or to working primarily as a Freelance Producer helping other Singers, Songwriters, Composers, bands, or musical performers to realize their own unique artistic vision.