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Why I’ll Never be a Ghost Producer—It’s Killing EDM

By Collin McLoughlin
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Ghost production is one of the most hotly debated subjects in electronic music. People who support ghost producing argue that the long-term value of a superstar is more important than the music the star performs. Detractors argue that ghost producing ruins the spirit of music, tricking listeners into thinking their favorite artists are fully responsible for the music they release. Like many things in music and life, however, the situation is much more grey than it is black and white.

The term “ghost producing” refers to a scenario where an established artist outsources the production of a song to another creator and essentially buys the rights of that creator’s work to release it as an original. The process normally goes like this: large artist A buys a song from up-and-coming artist B for cash; then artist A releases the song as his/her new single. The fans assume artist A actually made the song he/she released.

I’m going to come right out and say it: ghost producing is killing EDM.

It’s a widespread practice that’s hurting producers, writers, artists, and fans. I am writing this to urge newer musicians to realize that they do not need to resort to ghost production to have a successful career as a producer or DJ, and that ghost production oftentimes can hurt more than it can help...


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