By James Pew

Producer Musings 001 – What matters most

1. Good song.
2. Good arrangement of voices and instruments.
3. Parts performed well.
4. Parts recorded well.
5. Song mixed well.
6. Song mastered well.

What Matters second most

1. Subtlety.
2. Depth.
3. Texture.
4. Momentum.

What matters less (although still pretty important)
1. Genre (An artist should be open to the type of innovating that leads to breaking genre boundaries).
2. Deadlines. Some deadlines are real but most are artificial. The song is ready when its a masterpiece; its much easier to create a masterpiece when you approach it with that mindset from the beginning.
3. Ego.

An example where the artist worked with me under this priority structure.

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