For many musicians, the role of producer is a bit of a mystery and the craft of production something of a dark art. Assistant Professor Enrique Gonzalez Müller spent the evening asking students the question “What is a music producer?” and sharing his view on the producer’s role in contemporary music production.
Drawing on his experience in the field, Enrique discussed the many duties of a producer. Sharing a real world independent production contract, he discussed the monetary and budget aspects of working as a producer. Technical responsibilities play a major role as well and Enrique highlighted considerations including the sound of the record, equipment selection, vibe, and the critical importance of file management and backing up your sessions.
Using case studies from two bands he has collaborated with, Los Amigos Invisibles and Caramelos de Cianuro, students were given the exercise of stepping into the producers role and the opportunity to imagine how they would approach a similar project. Although the event ran for two and a half hours, attendees were active and engaged until the end and would have happily stayed all night.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music (Dual MP&E / EPD '99), Enrique Gonzalez Müller started his career as a music producer and engineer at Plant Studios working with artists like The Dave Matthews Band, Joe Satriani, E-40, and Les Claypool to name a few. In Venezuela, he produced many chart-topping albums for Caramelos de Cianuro, Viniloversus, Desorden Publico and, in 2009, his collaboration with Los Amigos Invisibles won a Latin GRAMMY Award for their album "Commercial". In Italy, among his many collaborations, Gonzalez Müller has produced, arranged, and mixed albums for L’Aura and scored a #1 hit with "Teach Me Again" for Elisa and Tina Turner. In the US, he continues to work with Jason Newsted (Metallica), the Kronos Quartet, Nine Inch Nails, and Joan Baez as well as a ton of über cool indie artists.