Who Deserves the Glory, the Artist or the Producer?
In the world of EDM, “ghost production” runs rampant. Stealing creativity and originality, top artists give into the attractive sight of getting their song to the top. Artists of all sizes give into this temptation. Everyone jumps on the bandwagon of hating artists who have their music ghost produced or even “ghost” written. The most recent album from The Chainsmokers faced large amounts of criticism for having every song ghost produced and written. Quickly, most of the EDM community had their two cents to give as to why this is wrong, all the while their songs were getting millions of dollars.
At What Cost?
I think that most of us think this is wrong in terms of the creativity and genuine side of music curating. Looking at it from the business side is quite brilliant. According to Soundbetter, getting an album written, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered professionally should cost between 2,100 and 3,200 dollars per song. Although, this doesn’t include royalties. Royalties could be as much as $200,000. A bit much for most of us to afford but when a platinum record is in the works, most artists find it to be a very good investment.
In a revealing interview with a ghost producer on UFK, most people seem to not care that their music isn’t genuine. When asked if people cared that they were being lied to the producer responded, “Well yeah they kind of are being lied to, but no more than anyone else in any other musical genre as I mentioned before. This is all is very telling as to why ghost producing has become an epidemic in the music culture.
Do you think ghost producing is wrong? Tell us what you think in the comments!
Kalebh has been producing music for side and solo projects since childhood. He graduated from Full Sail University with a Bachelors in Music Production.