The Devil Wears Prada guitarist Chris Rubey and Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (who produced TDWP's 2011 studio album, Dead Throne, and executive produced their latest release, 8:18) recently sat for an interview with Guitar World about the production process.
Says Rubey of Adam's style as a producer, "He knows when to push you in a serious way, like, 'Come on, you can do better, do it again.' He also knows when you’re reaching your breaking point and don’t want to be badgered or anything like that. His sense of humor can be very abrasive if you’re in a bad mood. He just has an over-the-top personality, he knows when to be funny and when to be serious. He throws out good suggestions; it’s all about feeling comfortable."
Adam talks about expressing opinions to musicians, and making sure the band has the final say: "You want them to make sure they don’t take it personally if you have something to say. When I’m working with a band, I definitely let them know it’s just my opinion and when I’m making a record I never say it’s my way or the highway. I think it’s ridiculous for a producer to think that their ideas are, for lack of another term, better, because ultimately it’s the band’s decision. The bands are the ones making music and they need to make sure they stand up for the songs they write and the sound that they’re going for, because end of the day they’re the ones that are going to be ultimately happy with the product. They’re the ones playing it every night of the week on tour. It’s an important thing to let the band do their thing. You want to help them out but not step on their toes."
It's a long, in-depth interview with a lot of important insights into the creative process—read the whole thing!