Music Opinion #2: Self-Producing Artists

Updated: Jan 5

This series is about me giving my opinions on anything music-related. Any response to the topic is welcome unless you're being toxic.

The term self-producing doesn't necessarily equate to the artist producing the music alone. It just means that the artist has been credited with writing and/or producing a track. Even if it's not much involvement, it's somehow better than no involvement because it's organic.

Whenever I see/hear someone say "this artist writes/produces his/her own music" as an argument for why this specific artist is great, then I will respond with this- "so what?"

Just because the artist is self-producing doesn't mean the music is going to sound good.

I always cringe whenever someone brings up that reasoning, especially when comparing a self-producing artist to a non-self-producing artist, just to downgrade the latter.

Music is subjective, so one side's opinions won't be better than the other. However, I believe there is this fact- a non-self-producing artist is as important as a self-producing artist.

When discussing the issue, this question has to come into play- which artist are you talking about?

Say you give me Blackpink. They don't really produce and write most of their songs, letting other people handle those aspects (Teddy being the main guy).

To me, I'm not the biggest fan of their music. Their discography is fine, but it can be better. Any changes I should recommend? Well, why not let the members be involved in the writing/producing process? Jisoo and Jennie provided lyrics for Lovesick Girls, and that's a pretty good song. One of their best singles during their career. It's a small sample size, but there should be an idea of having them write more songs.

Also, how about they hire new producers that can grow the potential of Blackpink into great artists? Teddy is a good producer overall, but I don't think he's the right person for Blackpink. He can offer us a nice ground level of the group, but I think there's someone out there that can transcend them into the sky (in terms of music).

Let the members write their songs and hire new producers that can understand Blackpink's true musical identity.

Understand my analysis? It all depends on which artist you talk about. Not only that, but the atmosphere the artist is in is another component to think about.

If the producer(s)/songwriter(s) can bring the best out of the artist consistently, keep them. If the opposite happens, find new people to work with, or involve the artist more with the music. These are pivotal to think about when analyzing the artist's work.

I also like to mention another important factor that is critical to music- how is the song being expressed?

Even if an artist wrote great lyrics, I still need to be blown away by the melodies, vocal performance, and instrumental. If that doesn't happen, then I don't care what the artist is singing about. Speak to me sonically, then I would care more about the song's message.

To the people arguing that self-producing artists are better than non-self-producing artists, let me riddle you this- is it more satisfying to listen to 10 Taylor Swift's Look What You Made Me Do than 5 Michael Jackson's Rock with You? Answer me that.

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