To really understand the concept of ghost producing, we have to look deeper into the career of a modern DJ.
DJs and producers have been elevated out of nightclubs and recording studios and onto the main stages of music festivals. A new lifestyle that brings with it an entirely new set of responsibilities. The same demanding lifestyle that has caused nervous breakdowns in everyone from Oprah to Charlie Sheen. A 24/7 deluge of managers, publicists, fans, label reps, airports, photo shoots, interviews, social media, business meetings, performances, and oh yeah… making music.
Most people who work a “9 to 5″ job complain that they don’t have enough time to go to the gym, yet musicians are expected to produce a constant stream of quality music under these conditions. A common way to balance this workload is employing a ghost producer (sometimes referred to as an “engineer”).
This sort of collaboration is arguably the most important force in art and many of history’s greatest works have been collaborations, both public and private. Almost any world renown fine artist – from Andy Warhol to Kaws – operates a studio employing several talented young artists to create masterpieces under their guidance.
Musically, even the most famous solo musicians have worked with teams of producers, writers, and engineers to compose their hits. Look at the credits on almost any Kanye West record and you will find co-writers and additional musicians who loaned their support. The Beatles had four members (plus producer Phil Specter) involved in the creative process. So how can we then vilify David Guetta for getting a little help producing music that appeals to millions worldwide?
“I think it’s really important that people know how the whole thing works because it’s not that bad at all,” insists Max, “It works both ways. It’s also good for the people that listen to music because otherwise they wouldn’t have the music they have now… It brings quality to the table.”
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