The role of producer can vary depending on the artist they’re working with. Generally a producer will assist with song selection, arrangements, structure, keys and tempos. They’ll encourage musicians/singers through performances, select takes, oversee the mix and generally help keep a project on track, on time and in budget. Sometimes, the role of producer is also to be a musician within the process of building the tracks. A producer will also have musician contacts they can call upon to either bring in to the studio or have record parts remotely to contribute to the process.

In the majority of cases throughout popular music history an external producer is called upon to provide objectivity and make use of his/her years of experience to get the best out of the artist, the songs and the project as a whole.