If you have ever spent money on a music festival or some type of concert introducing famous artists, you have been robbed. You paid all of this money to listen to original music that is published by your “favorite artists”. However, you have been lied to. From the beginning of art itself, people have been victim to ghost producing. The artist that you adore so much, someone like David Guetta for example, has been hiring other unknown artists to produce their beats and music for them. We always see these collaborations with producers, but in the case of ghost producers, the other party was not mentioned or credited in any way. These famous artists like David Guetta, Martin Garrix and Kanye West sign documents that pay off the other producers to release these songs only under their name. In essence, these famous artists are buying out these talented unknown artists to release a tune that they allegedly created. This has actually been happening forever, but with the upbringing of paparazzi and social media, this information has now been released to the public. Now that famous producers are hearing that people call them “ghost producers”, they set up live streams and recordings as they produce the song to prove that it is theirs. Some even call reporters of magazines and TV shows to come and speak to them and sell their side of the story about how their song does not sound the same as another artist’s tune. In the following video, Nicky Romero, one of the world’s greatest producers, speaks up on the issue of ghost producing and what is wrong with it.
On the other end of the spectrum, many artists are being targeted for things that they never even committed. Artists like DJ Snake were harassed for his similar sounding songs to an unknown artist. Many of his fans dropped his songs and picked up other artists, who probably did the same thing that Snake did. In addition, many artists bring on board other artists to form a collaboration. This form of music is in no way ghost producing, but only two or three great producers coming together to make a great song. However, many famous songwriters such as Rihanna and Kanye West sit back as other people write their lyrics for them. Even though they definitely play some role in the outcome of the song, they still hire these other artists to produce the song that was so successful, without being credited for it. Nowadays, sadly, producers are out there to join the new trend and produce as many songs as possible to make a quick buck, even if that buck is a couple million dollars. These people are the sneaky rats of the music world that leech off the public to make their bank accounts even bigger.
When writing about this topic, I truly question everything that I have ever listened to. How do these artists come up with these different styles? Do they magically come up with the melody that lingers in your mind for days or did they steal this great sound? Many people overlook this issue, or don’t even know about it because they just want to listen to good music. But why would you allow these people to become even richer off of something they couldn’t even have dreamt of? I have Dj’ed for several years now, and I have a special ear when it comes to music. I sit and listen to different artists to find a unique sound that I want to add to a sequence of tracks to make people dance and have a good time. Many artists have their own style, but that moment when you listen through their album and it becomes a mish mash of random sounds, you lose all respect for that artist. Most recently, I listened to Tiesto’s newest album A Town Called Paradise. At first it was the generic Tiesto tune, but soon enough strange additions to his songs came out and I realized that no way could he have written this song. Sure enough, I Google the background behind Tiesto, and I find countless articles that say he hires ghost producers. I continue to question the decency of these artists, and my mind now forms around the allocations of hiring unknown artists to make songs without any credit.