The Sultans of Sound – Famous Producers of Music in 2014
“Music is the food of love“, or so a bard from Straford upon Avon once famously remarked. In those days, they didn’t have dub-step or else Shakespeare might’ve changed his tune about music. But love it or hate it, music is widely believed to be the chicken soup for the soul. Shout-outs to the people who bring the minds, the raw energy and the talent together. And kudos for them too, for making eclectic music collaborations happen.
So, who are the ladies and gentlemen who bring together the most disparate fusion of vocals, instruments, equipment and magic? They are the famous producers here who have an uncanny ear for talent and deliver hit after hit, just when you think you have heard it all. They are the people who put the pop in pop culture. These famous producers are the ones who push human imagination and creativity beyond bounds. They experiment with the sound of today to bring you the sound of tomorrow.
Let’s take a look at some of the famous producers of today and why they are the superstars we know them as:
Alex Da Kid (Alex Grant)
Alex Grant was going to be a footballer, but it seems life had a different idea for him altogether. He hung up his soccer shoes for a promising music producing career, and it seems like he made the right call after all. His first mega-hit came in 2010. Rihanna and Eminem’s ‘Love the Way You Lie’ enthralled millions with a killer music track that boasted the signature Alex Da Kid production quality. The song ruled the roost, being No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. Success had come to Alex Grant and now there was no looking back.
He has signed up a raft of eclectic acts such as alt-poppers X Ambassadors, big-voiced blues man Jamie N Commons and singer Skylar Grey. His philosophy is “Doing be one genre of music”. If people thought he was a one-hit wonder, they only need to know this: he was behind Imagine Dragon’s ‘Radioactive’ the song that sat atop the Billboard 100 on No. 3! He’s also worked on their whole album and is responsible for their song ’Demons’.
Remember Pharrell? He’s of the ‘Get Lucky’ fame. And that more famous top hat? Before he collaborated with the robotic electronic duo Daft Punk, Pharrell was already famous as a hotshot producer. He and Chad Hugo are the famous producers called the Neptunes. They have been responsible for most of the hits from the 2000s, making them perhaps the most sought-after people in the music industry.
Some of the notables that have benefited from their stellar production and sample heaving mixing prowess are Britney Spears and Snoop Dogg (or is it Lion now?), as well as Busta Rhymes and Justin Timberlake. They are the masters of remixes and marketable superstars in their own right.
T Bone Burnett
The musician, songwriter and producer par excellence, T-Bone Burnett has launched the careers of many classical American music acts for the last 30 years. He’s a maestro of traditional music and has worked with everyone from Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, Allison Krauss and many more. He’s also worked on films such as O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, Cold Mountain and Crazy Heart as a soundtrack coordinator.
These famous producers have defined music for countless years. Their status as the movers and shakers of the music world is both literally and metaphorically relevant. They have spawned a sound style that is going to inform music-making for generations of famous producers to come.