For aspiring artists, there are so many different producers to choose from; however, some producers stand out from the pack for their immense contribution to the music industry. Often we tend to overlook the input of producers in music, but today we will flip the script and celebrate the great people behind the scenes. Below is a compilation of the most celebrated music producers that aspiring artists should consider signing up with.
1. Sir George Martin
Producer to the Beatles, Sir George Martin was widely regarded as the Fifth Beatle. A lot of the Beatles success in music is credited to Sir George. A straightforward individual with exceptional attention to detail always ensured things ran accordingly in the studio and was honest enough to tell an artist when their songs weren’t to standard. Sir George has a knack for bringing out the best from every musician he worked, perhaps his greatest strength which helped John Lennon and Paul McCartney a great deal. Other musicians who prospered under his tutelage include Jeff Beck, Cilla Black, Gerry &The Pacemakers. The Beatles, no doubt among the most successful bands of all time, had to have their producer listed as among the very best.
2. Quincy Jones
A compilation of the greatest producers would be incomplete without the mention of Quincy Jones. Jones has served in the music industry for over 55 years, and in that time has garnered 79 Grammy Awards nominations and attaining 27 wins, 33 films score and he produced the best-selling album of all time, with 110 million record sales. In addition to being a producer, Jones also played the trumpet and is also the founder of Vibe Magazine. Other prominent personalities he’s worked with include George Benson, Miles Davies, and Leslie Gore. Jones was admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 in addition to winning the best producer gong at the 68th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.
3. Nile Rodgers
Many regard Rodgers the best music producer of all time due to the impact he’s had on the music industry. A guitarist, composer, and producer, Nile Rodgers is well remembered for his influence in disco alongside syncing his style with other genres such as Blues and R&B. Rodgers worked with top-notch musicians including; , Diana Ross, David Bowie, Sister Sledge, Duran Duran to name a few. His music revolution changed the music industry, which earned him numerous accolades including the NY Chapter’s Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
4. Phil Spector
By the age of 20, Phil Spector had announced himself to the world with The Teddy Bears hit ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him.’ A writer, singer, and producer tells all you need to know about Phil’s enormous talent. Phil worked with numerous bands including; The Crystals, Tina Turner, The Ronettes, The Top Notes, The Righteous Brothers, and Ramones. In his time, Phil transformed music sounds in the 60s and consequently regarded among the best rock and roll producers of all time.