To compliment my secondary research I understood it was also important to obtain primary evidence to justify my decisions throughout this project. This is why I interviewed a wealth of respected industry producers to get an insider perspective and a more personal account of a life in production. I had purposely based my topics on all three modules this semester around the role of producer as it allowed me to specialise and really explore the role in depth. This, along with my willingness to learn and adapt techniques used by these producers for my project is what allowed me to conduct these interviews.
Recordings of the interviews and correspondance are available on request. Please see the images and their captions below for a description of each producer.
‘John Williams is a record producer and songwriter. He has managed, A&R’d, mentored, and produced many artist careers including debut albums of The Housemartins, and The Proclaimers, John has also produced and signed Alison Moyet, Simple Minds, The Waterboys, Robert Plant, The Blue Nile, Status Quo, Cathy Dennis, Petula Clark, Ocean Colour Scene, JJ Cale, Blancmange, Shrieback, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Jethro Tull, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Debbie Harry, and Luciana Caporaso… John has most recently produced Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott’s new album for Virgin Records – the first two singles have gone straight onto the Radio Two A list, made Record-of-the-Week and has reached No. 3 in the UK album chart – he also just finished producing their Christmas single.’ (Arlon Music, 2015)
Howard Young runs the award winning post-production house Engine7 in Hull and produces the vast majority of its output.
‘Katia Isakoff is a composer, music producer, mix engineer and studio owner (UNIT20) with album releases through Mute, EMI, BMG, Metamatic and Universal. Her compositions and performances have been featured internationally for TV. She is founding partner of The Altersonic Sound Company and Hairpin Management.’ (James Online, 2013)
Lee Gretton founded and lead produces for InProduction Music based in Lincolnshire, which specialises in high quality music and sound for the international music industry.
Mark Williams runs his own Lincolnshire based production company that provides audio, radio and phone solutions for clients.
Arlon Music. (2015). Talent. Available: http://www.arlonmusic.com/fuse/talent/arlon_talent.html. Last accessed 14th May 2015.
James Online. (2013). Katia Isakoff. Available: http://www.jamesonline.org.uk/katiai.html. Last accessed 14/5/15.