I'm sure everyone in the dance music community is aware that many artists are starting if not have been using ghost producers to make their tracks. The question that I am constantly asking myself however is it really that bad? Many of the artists who we respect and love have very hectic tour schedules, and as a result have a hard time finding time to work on tracks on the road. However, many still find the time to work on their tracks even if they're not in the studio. Are the excuses of "I tour constantly and don't really have time to make my tracks" OR "everyone uses other producers these days to help out. I can't do everything on my own" good enough? Or is there a much deeper issue that needs to be addressed here?
My opinion is the latter. It is one thing to work with someone else on a track and have a production partner, like Armin Van Buuren and his production Benno De Goeij of Rank 1, and to just pay someone to make a track for you, and you slap your name on it. I feel as though it is unfair for an artist to take credit for something he or she did not even touch, and/or give their input on. I also think that using a ghost producer is almost "taking the easy way out" instead of really trying to start and finish a track regardless of your schedule is worthy of certain discussion. It seems as though many artists manage to do just fine without them such as people like Simon Patterson, Aly & Fila, John O'Callaghan, Eric Prydz, Deadmau5; the list goes on.
Ghost producing seems to be a trend that keeps popping up in other situations with people that are trying to break into the scene. For example recently we found out that 10 year old Aiden Jude actually used ghost producers on his track "Tonight", a track that seemed to put him on the map. It seems as though it is becoming less about the actual journey of creating a piece of music that puts people on an emotional rollercoaster, or throwing them down a dark rabbit hole, and simply losing themselves in that piece of music, and more about just breaking into the scene and making money. People feel as though if they get someone to produce a track for them, then they can slap their name on it and automatically become a DJ who plays major clubs and festivals. It unfortunately is not as easy as it sounds or looks. There still needs to be some sort of skill and hard work involved, even though as I've began to observe less and less skill is needed to break into the more mainstream scene of dance music.
My opinion is that ghost producers is not necessarily a good thing for many reasons, but just like many other controversial areas many people disagree. Im curious as to how you guys feel? Is it an epidemic that needs to be stopped? Or can we all just turn the other cheek and not really give it that much in depth attention and analyses? Ill ask again; ghost producing... is it really that bad?
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