Re: Favorite Producer?
Name dropping a couple of big ones here; Tom Dowd and Phil Spector. Page for sure.
On a relevant side note I'm really diggin' Ski Beatz as well. He's a hip hop producer, that recently did an album. A lot of the samples he used on it weren't able to be cleared in time or at all by the record labels. So he took the samples, did some really off keel things with them (the kind of audio processing that doesn't get done too often in hip hop anymore), and then had a band (the Senseis) learn and play the samples on the album. By the way this is the direction hip hop is going in. It's actually costing more to clear samples than hire live musicians.
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