Working with (or Being) a Producer: Tips, Tricks, and When to Lie

Mark LemaireMark Lemaire

Music Four 3:00-4:00

Most great musicians know a lot more about music than about making a CD. You may not have a producer on your session, but in every studio session, there is a producer, even if no one is selected for the job. If you look around and you don’t see a producer, be forewarned: it’s probably…YOU!

After making a few CDs with NO designated producer, many folks want to bring in a big name who 'knows what they are doing'. How does that usually work?

What does a producer do, anyway? If you find yourself inadvertently wearing this hat, how do you wear it well?

In this workshop, using simple stick figures and gasoline, Mark provides answers to these questions. There are handy handouts to take home and ponder, and many chances for you to ask specific questions about your project. It’s for anyone who has made their own CD, is thinking they will soon, or just wants to know more about how it all works.

Mark Lemaire has been making his living in the studio as an engineer and producer for over thirty years. Clients range from producer Jimmy Miller (Rolling Stones, Blind Faith, etc) to the San Francisco Symphony. Mark brings intelligence, humor, and clarity to the music, regardless of the tradition and style.