In the world EDM, “ghost production” runs rampant. Stealing creativity and originality, top artists give into the attractive sight getting their song to the top. Artists all the way from The Chainsmokers to Skrillex give into this temptation. Everyone jumps on the bandwagon hating artists who have their music ghost produced or even “ghost” written. The most recent album from The Chainsmokers faced large amounts criticism for having every song ghost produced and written. Quickly, most the EDM community had their two cents to give as to why this is wrong, all the while their songs were getting millions dollars.
At What Cost?
I think that most us think this is wrong in terms the creativity and genuine side music curating. Looking at it from the business side is quite brilliant. According to Soundbetter, getting an album written, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered pressionally should cost between 2,100 and 3,200 dollars per song. Although, this doesn’t include royalties. Royalties could be as much as $200,000. A bit much for most us to afford but when a platinum record is in the works, most artists find it to be a very good investment.
In a revealing interview with a ghost producer on UFK, most people seem to not care that their music isn’t genuine. When asked if people cared that they were being lied to the producer responded, “Well yeah they kind are being lied to, but no more than anyone else in any other musical genre as I mentioned before. This is all is very telling as to why ghost producing has become an epidemic in the music culture.
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