Every time I search for articles on female music producers, in the results are a lot of articles and blogs on the lack of well known female producers in the industry. Apparently less than 5 percent of producers in the entire industry are women. It’s an interesting number, but certainly sexism is not the only reason this number is so low. One theory is that besides that, major labels want to hire people who have already produced hit records, which have historically been produced majorly by men.
There are women, like Beyonce, who have a role in production of some of todays greatest hit records, but are co-producers of their own music. Often, media fails to give these women credit for any of the production, assuming that all of the production has been done by another better known producer, who is usually male. There have been few women in the past who have completely produced hit records. I would like to hear about more women producers like Linda Perry, who lately hasn’t really been in the foreground of music production, but has an extensive discography of hit singles she worked on with other artists as a producer. The music industry either lacks role models like her for other women who aspire to become producers, or the media isn’t giving them enough credit. You always hear about “super producers” like Max Martin and Dr. Luke, but never that Bjork may have actually produced her 2001 album Vespertine and not producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, as Icelandic newspaper Grapevine made the mistake of saying.
I think it would be interesting to find a female producer to blog about each week. Here are some up and coming female producers worth listening to: http://www.mtviggy.com/lists/10-female-producers-youve-got-to-have-heard/