Do You Know Who You’re Listening To? The Producers Who Shape the Music You Love

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By Constant Gardner & Jon Tanners

In hip hop, producers have generally been given the respect and attention they deserve. From Eric B to Dr Dre, and from The Neptunes to Hit Boy, producers are stars in their own right, and fans are as interested in who's on the beat as who is actually rapping. For a long time, the same could not have been said outside hip hop, but slowly and surely the focus is starting to be turned to the people who are behind the music that we love. With Rick Rubin's return to the spotlight, and a feature length New Yorker profile on pop go-to-hitmaker Dr. Luke, maybe we're starting to see a wider appreciation for the role of the producer. Here are the currently active producers who shape some of the music that we love the best.

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  • lanecoutell

    Where’s Dave Fridmann?

  • Radosław

    who is dave fridmann?

  • http://www.pigeonsandplanes.com/ Constant Gardner

    In terms of recent stuff, and artists we cover he hasn’t done that much. He mixed (not produced) Tame Impala’s Lonerism, and produced MGMT’s new album, but overall doesn’t match up to the other guys on the list I don’t think.

  • hama

    WHERE IS MIKE DEAN?

  • Scuwat

    Worth noting that my favorite Paul Epworth work is his contributions to Foster The People (whose producer Greg Kurstin you should have included as well), and that Sitek’s mix for Foals’ 2008 album was completely scrapped so that album was largely self-produced.

  • Professor Green

    Ben Allen should be on there… He’s produced Animal Collective, Washed Out, Cut Copy, and Deerhunter.

  • duder

    I think Chris Coady would make sense on this list too. Beach House, Smith Westerns, Yuck…