BEHIND THE MUSIC WITH Andy Sneap
WE TALK MUSIC PRODUCTION AND JUDAS PRIEST WITH THE LEGENDARY PRODUCER
Posted: 10 July 2018
Producer, sound engineer, guitarist and all round legend, Andy Sneap, recently dropped by Marshall HQ. While he was waiting to get his amp serviced, we decided to ask him all about life in the music industry. Here's what he had to say.
How would you describe your job to someone outside the music industry?
I always draw a parallel to film directing in a way. You’re there to steer the ship. You’re given the responsibility of a budget and delivering a product on time. You’re the guy that the label entrusts all that to. You’re the guy that oversees everything. Really each album is different and each band is different, you have to assess the situation when they come in and you see if they need help with the songwriting, or whether there’s certain players that need steering a certain way, or the strengths within a band. And also as far as the songwriting goes, you need to see where the strengths are and whether there are any weaknesses in the songs or the arrangements.
So that’s more of the production side of things, then you’ve got the engineering side of it. Which is more of the sounds, getting the sounds, working within the studio. So the producer is more of the overseer. The engineer is more the technical ability side of it.