The internet has blown up overnight in the Australasian EDM community as a well known promoter took the social media to out any and all electrnic music producers who use 'ghost producers', a term to describe an external producer who is paid to make a catchy track for them to use under their name.
Danny Grant, head of Melbourne-based promotion agency Loud Entertainment, posted a Facebook status regarding the integrity of ghost producers, and how they are the demise of the EDM genre.
“What i don’t understand is the excuses people use to justify why they/their artists have ghost writers. If your artist/you aren’t ashamed of it then why not openly admit it? Because no matter which way you spin it to justify it to yourself secretly you are ashamed of what you are doing.”
The post started to take off, getting hundreds and then thousands of likes, and shared throughout facebook in infectious fashion. He then vowed to start name dropping some of these producers who enlist "ghost producers" to make their tunes for them.
Steve Aoki, Timmy Trumpet, Hannah Wants, Tiësto, DVBBS, Tigerlily, The Stafford Brothers and more were either implicated by Grant or acknowledged by him when others pointed them out.
However, Grant announced that he was told he would be facing legal action from a major Australian agency were he to continue dropping names.
"Its no secret that ghost producing is a major element of this industry, the over saturation of ghost producing is what i personally accredit the demise of EDM. Originality dies once corporates use real producers to create generic music for money. Though everyone knows it happens and most of the time behind the scenes are completely open about it we in the industry are sworn to secrecy.
What i don't understand is the excuses people use to justify why they/their artists have ghost writers. If your artist/you aren't ashamed of it then why not openly admit it? Because no matter which way you spin it to justify it to yourself secretly you are ashamed of what you are doing."