We often get the question from bands and artists, what actually the job of a producer is. Although this is quite difficult to capture in one sentence, I'm going to try it anyway: A producer is a coach, extra band member, monitors the budget, caterer and keeps a helicopter view of the total production.
These are all things that the band could arrange itself, but it is very nice that as an individual band member you can focus on your part in the process.
It is important that you agree well in advance what role the producer will play in your album production. The producer as a coach has the task of bringing out the best in you as a musician. He is objective and will always keep an eye on the end goal. When difficult choices have to be made within a band, it is always nice to have an “extra band member” present, who thinks along and is able to hold up a mirror to the entire band.
Creativity knows no time and certainly in the digital age the possibilities in the studio are endless. This makes it very easy to lose sight of the end goal. More studio time also means a higher final bill. In the middle of the recording process you as a musician are not involved at all, because the sky is the limit and you want to create a world album. At that moment it is very nice that there is someone who monitors the budget.
The atmosphere during the recording days is of course largely determined by the work that takes place in the recording studio. However, incorporating a moment of rest on time and good food is also important and certainly contributes something positive to the end result. Socializing during dinner promotes the atmosphere and things can be discussed that are not really discussed in the studio.