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Question: How does one evaluate a good producer and what variables should a singer look
for in a producer and weed out fakes and so called wanna be producers? How does
one know if a producer is legit or not?
Answer by

Robert Metzgar/Universal's response:
First a real producer goes through union recognition by study under another master producer. There are 3 stages. The apprentice, the journeyman, and the master producer. They are going to have a long track record of producing a lot of artists. They will have a master license and be members of organizations such as the CMA, BMI, ASCAP, NARAS, RIAA or other music organizations that have recognized their talent. Most importantly, when was their last Billboard record? If they have had Billboard charted records in the past two years, they are active. If not, they are not going to be the producer you want to hire for your next project. They will be working with current artists that have hit records out now. However, if you want my friend Scott Storch to produce your pop record (Paris Hilton's album)it's going to cost you over a million dollars. Most people who contact me to produce their project, want me to put up all the money, make them rich and famous and do all the work. It' doesn't work that way. A demo album costs $37,500 now and a limited pressing album in country music is $75,000 and a master scale project will go between $150-200,000 to complete. So, please get your money together because the costs are going through the roof to produce great music. Robert Metzgar Platinum Plus Universal

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