For me, it was a path full of 'revolution' 'going on strike' threats, aggravation, upset many fallings out - annoyed studio owners / artist managers & occasionally (regrettably) pissed off bands.. ll in all, a 'fight for the right'. I am a lose cannon or maverick, I am not 'one of the boys' in the Biz (all smiles from the secretaries at record Co's etc) . I believe record co's and artist managers would rip me off in a New York minute, if I let them. A fair amount of my time is dedicated to preventing this. I have found the music biz to be a battle. My career path GTR in bands 1 album 1 x single (two separate bands) 1 x UK tour Tape Op (gofer) in 3 studio complex (*) AST Eng.* House Eng.* Wannabe producer* Freelance Eng. Freelance producer / engineer for hire Only working as Producer In 1986 I attended the New Music Seminar (now CMJ NYC) there was a panel of famous engineers & producers discussing this very topic. Phil Ramone and Niles Rogers were the producers I don't remember the engineers. Phill said basically - I want my engineer to keep his mouth firmly shut while I make records.. All the engineers nodded, only Nile Rogers had a funny tale to tell about a studio cleaning woman 'not liking' some live (and expensive!) strings on a recording and to everybody's horror announcing her opinion to a packed control room, Niles made me laugh as he described his first "how dare she" reaction turn to a 'dammit the woman is right! The strings ARE crappy!" All in all this WHOLE panel was a TOTAL FLOP and was of NO USE whatsoever - I was furious! It disintegrated into tedious descriptions on how everyone 'knew their place' and inter session protocol & (my point) no word AT ALL on how the move forward was to be achieved by an engineer... The producers came across as tyrants the engineers as pussys. Now with the advent of the DAW the potential is more 'wide open' than ever. My 'rise to power' war storys relate only to the commercial recording studio world and perhaps have little bearing on the project studio revolution many of us are involved in right now! So lets have chatter & advice on how to become a sessions producer - whatever the recording environment! With some "music biz" advice / suggestions thrown in to the pot for good measure..