Chapter 31. Producing Music

Tony Visconti

Andrew: Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. Since you're a producer, I want to start out by talking about just what it is that you do. Because I think a lot of people don't really have any idea what a producer does. There's an old Rocky and Bullwinkle episode where Boris Badenov hires Bullwinkle as a movie producer. Bullwinkle asks Boris what a producer produces, and Boris says, "Money." I've definitely noticed that people who have job titles like "producer," "art director," "editor," and "project manager" seem to have a lot in common. So, how would you describe what you do?

Tony: Well, those job definitions are very vague at best, because what someone brings to a job needs to be defined. My style of production is different from, say, a Hugh Padgham style of production, or even George Martin's ...

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