"What a music producer does for a living is this: Vibrate air molecules in such a way that when the air molecules bump up against a human life form, that life form feels something." (Berklee Online)
Music production starts with a vision for a recording and refining songs. Whether it’s lyrics, song structure, arrangements, sounds, vocal or instrumental parts, production tightens these areas so when a studio session starts, recording becomes a more enjoyable creative experience. It also enables a more efficient usage of time in the session and helps keep budgets in check.
Mark Opitz & Jimmy Barnes
Davide Musolino (Man City Sirens) with Victor Stranges
Once a session begins, the producer acts as coach and guru, offering encouragement, critique, and direction in the hopes of capturing inspired performances. In addition to coaching artists, producers work closely with recording engineers - when not performing this role themselves - and at the same time keep an eye on schedule and budget. During the mixing phase, when a song's feel, texture, and dynamics are given shape, a producer's good ears and keen sensibilities can transform a session take into a work of art or hit record.
Mark Opitz AM is regarded as one of the best music producers in the world. His contributions to classic Australian rock cannot be understated. Cutting his teeth with Harry Vanda and George Young as young engineer at Alberts, he was involved in recordings for AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, John Paul Young and Flash And The Pan.