NME's 20 hottest producers

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Pick your favourite from the list. Major omissions?

Poll Results

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Geoff Barrow 5
Andrew Weatherall 4
Dr. Luke 3
Beck 3
Rick Rubin 2
Stuart Price 2
Jamie Smith 2
Kleerup 2
Paul Epworth 1
RedOne 1
Dave Sitek 1
Steve Mackey 1
Mark Ronson 0
Amir Amor (aka Major Tom) 0
Ross Robinson 0
Semothy Jones 0
Starsmith 0
The Knocks 0
MNEK 0
James Ford 0


daavid, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 20:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

zzzzzzzzzzz

I'm gonna mention ilxor in everyone of my posts until I get dn'd (ilxor), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 20:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

Voted Andrew Weatherall.

I'm gonna mention ilxor in everyone of my posts until I get dn'd (ilxor), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 20:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

ew

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 20:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

paul epworth? is it still 2005?

reallysmoothmusic (Jamie_ATP), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 20:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

personally I agree that in 2010 goddamned beck is hotter behind the boards than any black producer

The Reverend, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 20:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

how many of these shd one have heard of?

journey to the end of nyt (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

i'm picking the xx dude by default

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

when was the last time james ford was involved in a good album? 2007?

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

rick rubin

2010s

* 2010: Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave
* 2010: Gogol Bordello - Trans-Continental Hustle
* 2010: Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns
* 2010: Kid Rock - Born Free
* 2010: Adele - TBA
* 2010: Josh Groban - Illuminations[1]
* 2011: Red Hot Chili Peppers - TBA [2]

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

how many of these shd one have heard of?

I've got six but there's a couple I could be confusing with Doctor Who villains.

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

10 fwiw

journey to the end of nyt (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

what is xx dudes name?

xps

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

is there even a token dubstep dude on this list?

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm hoping this list turns into a discussion about how the NME only covers music that 17 year-old indies are interested in tbh

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fucking sick of Take a Break's relentless pandering to menopausal housewives as well.

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

they used to be supposed to like rza tho

journey to the end of nyt (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

The RZA made the Mojo top 20 iirc

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

Semothy Jones or Sem for short, is an English Songwriter and Record Producer from Islington, London. Semothy first gained attention in 2007 after working closely with old friend Plan B on a bootleg Mixtape called Paint It Blacker [1]. Semothy Jones has since switched styles several times and gone on to work with Professor Green, Lily Allen, Little Boots, Operator Please, Lady Sovereign and many more. [2]

journey to the end of nyt (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

ew

Might clarify that I voted Weatherall as much for his remixes (Björk, Siouxsie, The Orb, New Order, MBV, Saint Etienne) as his production work.

I'm gonna mention ilxor in everyone of my posts until I get dn'd (ilxor), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

See, I thought Semothy Jones was a space pirate from the Qqqnguus system in the late 43rd century, New Style. Feel so old.

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

Kanye's no longer 'hot'?

Indexed, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

Kanye made the Take a Break top 20 iirc

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

And now here's a picture of a tortoise

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

He is squinting because he is thinking hard about the NME.

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

In with a bullet in the Fantasy Magazine top 200... http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/

Neil S, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

the nme has outgrown racial tokenism, who knew

journey to the end of nyt (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Not so, they ran an interview with some dude called Jack Black only the other week.

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Reverend, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

He was complaining about the absence of Nesuhi Ertegun from the NME's list of the 20 hottest producers in the whole world.

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, think that's a picture of him.

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Whatever happened to the Lo Fidelity Allstars?" he said. "They changed the paradigm of how we think about rock music," he said.

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

nix multiculturalism entirely
no micronesians especially
no more exogamy

journey to the end of nyt (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

they've basically been a front for nick griffin's meth lab business for years

journey to the end of nyt (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

Professor Nick Griff

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

Some of these names sound vaguely familiar, but the only one's I know for sure are Beck, Rubin, and Weatherall, and out of those it's pretty easy to choose Weatherall, though I have no idea what kind of music he's doing in 2010.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

He's making Racist Indie Metal

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

CAN'T TAKE YOUR VOTE BACK NOW, SON

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

rip bobby g

journey to the end of nyt (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

sock lobster (blueski), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

Only ones I can identify are

Mark Ronson
Dr. Luke
Geoff Barrow
Dave Sitek
Kleerup
Beck
Rick Rubin
Stuart Price

A couple of the other names sound vaguely familiar, but I couldn't tell you who they are or what they've done.

jaymc, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Starsmith is a talking dolphin who wants to be adopted so he can be safe and happy. He is currently working on the new Kate Nash joint.

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ew, that's pretty awful! Now I kinda regret voting for Weatherall. Isn't he doing techno anymore?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

(xx-post)

Tuomas, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

James Ford is the manager of the Prospect Street, Hull branch of the Yorkshire Bank. He has produced remixes for Tinie Tempah, Pitbull and Raven Symone.

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

tbh weatherall has forsworn techno and now only makes music w/ amplified harps, dulcimers and cubase

journey to the end of nyt (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

he writes inchorent screeds about the impurity of rhythm all over the internet

journey to the end of nyt (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

He still releases cynical parodies of Techno under his alias "The Homophobe".

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

they're so hot i only know 5 of them. good job, NME.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

He draws the covers himself then sneaks them into the racks of independent record stores in Mitteleuropa.

Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 21:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Haha most of the dudes no one has heard of are the ones producing Lady Gaga/Katy Perry/Cheryl Cole. Admittedly I hadn't heard of them either.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 22:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

i voted for redone

The Reverend, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 22:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ew, that's pretty awful!

smde

sock lobster (blueski), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 22:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

is there even a token dubstep dude on this list?

― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 5 October 2010 22:06 (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

I'm hoping this list turns into a discussion about how the NME only covers music that 17 year-old indies are interested in tbh

― Already WSed last summer (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 22:08 (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

these things should go hand in hand. 17 year olds aren't just corny indie fuxxors anymore, the only real breakdown is those who don't listen to anything v. those who'll try anything v. those who read kerrang.

oh and xpost my 'ew' was aimed at the list, not yr choice.

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 22:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

The NME covers dubstep all the time now. It's basically like drum and bass or IDM c.95-98 as far as indie crossover goes.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 22:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

Grime too actually. I don't think they'd be able to fill it with wall-to-wall guitar bands any more and still expect anyone in their target market to buy it.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 22:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ross RObinson is the guy that did the new Klaxons, and it's actually pretty enjoyable imo and not the total disaster I was expecting. Think he comes from nu-metal though - Korn & Slipknot iirc?

Beck did a great job on the Charlotte Gainsbourg album. Can't stand his records but that one was gold.

Harrison Buttwhistle (NickB), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 22:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ross Robinson is responsible for most of the shitty sounding metal albums of the last 15 years but he was ok on the atd-i album, and he produced the cure i think too.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 23:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

Duh, have just twigged who Steve Mackey is, but didn't know anything about his productions (MIA, FATM).

Harrison Buttwhistle (NickB), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 23:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

mackey's productions are competent and entirely unremarkable. which kind of puts him ahead most of the others on this list tbh

pies madness (electricsound), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 23:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

mnek doesn't even have a wiki page. nme digging DEEP.

laughing out loud lol (history mayne), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 09:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

MNEK is like 14 isn't he?

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 09:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

this list :o :o :o

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 09:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

might have voted sitek but hes really gone downhill (not that hes shit, just not very interesting anymore) imo

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 09:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's not that :o - most of them are pretty sought-after and producing massive artists. More so than Funkystepz or Benga or whoever.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 10:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

:o because:

personally I agree that in 2010 goddamned beck is hotter behind the boards than any black producer

― The Reverend, Tuesday, October 5, 2010 8:58 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 10:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Haha I didn't even notice Beck in there.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 10:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

the way these producers work is pretty diff to how a benga or skream produce though

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 10:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah I mean even though it's an NME list I still assumed it was going to be at least primarily 'producers' in the sense associated with electronic/club music, rather than 'guys who are hired to record a band and make them sound good'... most of these names I either don't recognise, have no idea of their producer credentials (Beck?) or in a few cases am automatically turned off by

ROLLINS: MY DEMISE (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 10:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

that tortoise up there was born to loaf around behind a console racking 'em out every half hour, though

ROLLINS: MY DEMISE (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 10:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah I mean even though it's an NME list I still assumed it was going to be at least primarily 'producers' in the sense associated with electronic/club music, rather than 'guys who are hired to record a band and make them sound good'...

ehh, i dunno about this. it's the nme (not a zing, im just saying). it sort of makes more sense for it to mean 'dude who produces other people' rather than 'dude who makes music'.

laughing out loud lol (history mayne), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 10:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

sorry yeah I just meant in terms of how I think of the word, which I didn't make clear... that said, if (if) that list is a an accurate summation of 20 bigshot producers of 2010 it doesn't say much for the legacy of good and bankable rock qua rock knobtwiddlers, insofar as most of 'em are also dance producers/remixers/dudes who ~make beats~ (eg Geoff Barrow)

ROLLINS: MY DEMISE (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 11:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

like even Ross Robinson is presumably mainly on there because he just did NU RAVE HOPES the Klaxons' second album (which I thought sounded horrible, but I basically hate them so accept that I might not have listened w/ wholly unbiased ears)

ROLLINS: MY DEMISE (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 11:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I've no idea who such a list is meant to appeal to, or who is likely to give a shit.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 11:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

NME's 20 hottest producers [Started by daavid in October 2010, last updated 48 seconds ago by Matt DC on I Love Music] 76 new answers

laughing out loud lol (history mayne), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 11:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

i might be totally out of the loop with him but who does beck produce these days? apart from the tribute albums hes doing through his site and those samey-as-anything scott pilgrim songs.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 11:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's hardly making me want to rush out and buy a copy though NRQ.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 11:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp:Beck has produced someone named Jamie Lidell:

and Charlotte Gainsbourg:

Don't ask me when the shit-hot production comes in though.

kkvgz, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 11:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

xpost it does seem extraordinary, that one.

Check the latest Docherty album, someone.

xpost and now my post is redundant,.

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 11:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

There's hardly anyone on this list who isn't past their best. Rock-wise, it's all a bit 2005.

Haunted Clocks For Sale (Dorianlynskey), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 11:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

ha, I read that as : There's hardly anyone on this board who isn't past their best

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 12:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

what is xx dudes name?

Jamie Smith

and (Ross Robinson) produced the cure i think too.

he did so very badly.

bitchmaid (sic), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 12:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 10 October 2010 23:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 11 October 2010 23:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

are those 4 ppl trolling?

journey to the end of nyt (nakhchivan), Monday, 11 October 2010 23:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

hot fiyah

waka flocka display name (zvookster), Monday, 11 October 2010 23:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

Mark Ronson 0
Ross Robinson 0

Hurrah!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 12 October 2010 11:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Didn't see this, but no Mitchell Froom nor even Nigel Godrich, no credibility. :)

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 12 October 2010 11:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

and George Martin was robbed too

Neil S, Tuesday, 12 October 2010 12:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Well, he isn't working anymore, but the two I mentioned are, and Nigel Godrich even works with relevant acts.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 12 October 2010 12:43 (3 years ago) Permalink


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