In today’s music industry it is agreed upon that a person that composes the beat of a song is generally referred to as a producer.
However, there are three main types of producers associated with the production of a record:
- Music Producer— the person that composes the music of a song.
- Record Producer— the person that assists the artist with the arrangement of the song structure, sound and overall quality.
- Executive Producer— the person responsible for coordinating a songs financing, studio scheduling and perhaps A&R direction.
It is possible and somewhat common for one individual or even the artists themselves to fulfill all three roles and completely self-produce a song.