The unfortunate thing about many of today’s mainstream dance music acts is you don’t know whether they are legit or not. You don’t know what face lies on the other side; it may say David Guetta on the label, but the truth may actually lie with Nicky Romero, who, after admitting to producing tracks for Guetta in an interview, condemned ghost production in its purest form. You may think, “How can Nicky shame artists while he partakes in ghost production himself?” You have a right to think that, but let’s get into this interview and see what we come up with.

The answer to the question, although grey, is that Nicky acts as a conventional producer, who works with the artist to bring to life an idea that, hopefully, is proposed by the artist who will have the final credits. What Nicky is referring to when he state’s ghost production is a terrible thing is when artists straight up buy music, without having any input, or even knowledge of making music. Along with revealing the prevalence of this problem (disregarding what Nicky does), he stated that “There are rich dads in this world that just pay for their sons and pay producers tons of money to have music out there and make them a big artist.”

Ghost production has increasingly came to light, but it still remains a huge problem that needs fixing. Behind the scenes people will always have their part in the music industry as a whole; there is no changing that, however the blatant and rampant abuse we face causes our scene to lose credibility tremendously. Why do we just sit back and let the integrity of what we love slowly disappear? I don’t know. I’d like to think it is just out of ignorance, but even that isn’t a good enough answer for me to ponder. One thing that I think needs to be pondered, though, is the idea of acting on your principles. Don’t settle for superficial bullshit. It won’t get you anywhere.

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