Even when the artist is the star of the show, there’s always a handful of skilled professionals to support their vision and make it work.

Behind the scenes you’ll find mix engineers, session musicians and most importantly, producers.

But the producer’s role is one of the most frequently misunderstood in music.

One person who knows the producer’s craft inside out is Steve Levine. He’s known as the producer behind Culture Club’s massive 80s singles and the only person other than Brian Wilson to produce the Beach Boys.

We sat down with Steve to talk process, collaboration and the core of the producer’s role.

In this article you’ll learn what a producer is and find out how connecting with one can make a difference in your music.

Let’s get started.