Ghost production is a hot topic in the electronic music scene right now, but it can be difficult to get successful ghost producers to talk about what they do. This is understandable; many want to remain anonymous, whilst others are constrained by non-disclosure agreements signed to protect the reputation of artists they have produced tracks for. Luckily, one producer decided to take a risk and shed some light on the trade in an interview with Medium.com in 2015. The insight gleaned was fascinating.
The first thing that can be ascertained about ghost production is that it is changing the lives of struggling musicians for the better. Music is a highly competitive field to earn a living in. This reduces many talented producers to creating music as a hobby because they find it so hard to make a name for themselves in the industry. As the anonymous producer in this interview mentions, he was limited to creating music only during the weekends before he heard about ghost production. Gifted musicians take on side jobs to pay the bills. But these jobs don’t allow them to pursue their passion relentlessly and make a good wage for doing so. They work in the corporate lifestyle out of necessity, but without any real direction or drive.
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This is the gap that ghost production fills. Ghost production caters for aspiring musicians to focus on doing what they love doing – creating music that sounds great and getting compensated well for it. The effects are life-changing; the anonymous producer in the aforementioned interview was able to quit his internet marketing career and focus wholly on making music, without having to worry about money. He doesn’t care if he will never be famous for his music, and who can blame him? This is an opinion that many musicians share – fame is a burden that few can cope with.
It makes logical sense that ghost production should be seen as a positive trend. After all, it allows people to do what they love doing instead of being bogged down in office jobs that they are apathetic about, or worse, they hate. The corporate environment is no place for talented musicians in much the same way as brilliant computer programmers don’t belong in a studio.
Many people would love to quit their jobs and dive head-first into getting paid for their passion, for what they are naturally good at. But they can’t because there is no in-between. A talented writer working in an office admin job can’t suddenly quit his job and write for The New York times. But thanks to ghost production, musicians can do exactly the industry equivalent of this. Because if their material is good, they will have top-level clients paying them pretty damn quickly. And this music will be heard around the world.
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Unfortunately, many people aren’t willing to look past the notion that ghost production is in some way fraudulent. This myth needs to be dispelled. Ghost production is a legitimate way for aspiring musicians and household names to leverage the benefits that the other provides. For ghost producers, they get to centre their lives around creating music that is heard by millions of people worldwide, without worrying about the barriers to entering the industry. Established names in the music industry get to utilize the skills of a wonderful pool of talented musicians that would otherwise be wasting away in an office.
How can this ever be seen as anything but a positive thing?