Discover the importance role a producer plays in turning a song into a record with this clip from Soundbreaking. Producers Don Was, George Martin, Daniel Lanois, and Quincy Jones describe how producers must balance their intimate relationship with artists when giving directions, requiring a great amount of diplomacy. A great song can get lost in a bad recorded production, and producers have a crucial role in preventing that from happening.
This video is part of a lesson plan called Sam Phillips: Producing the Sounds of Integration and Urbanization and Turning Songs into Records: The Many Roles of Producers in Popular Music. Find more resources in the Soundbreaking collection.