Howdy! Here's the situation. Started a band with a guy 2.5 years ago, he's a singer/songwriter/guitarist and I'm a bassist (duh). We're on our third drummer and third lead guitarist at this point, both are the best we've had. Frontman is very creative and a brilliant songwriter, but honestly pretty "green" when it comes to understanding the behind-the-scenes work that needs to get done to actually go anywhere as a band - making a website, networking, booking gigs, social media, recording, live sound, etc. Anything requiring organization, communication, or planning, he is totally out of his element. Honestly pretty lazy IMO. Thankfully, I am not lazy, and have experience in all of those things, and am a hell of an organizer and planner. I have been the driving force behind getting us into the studio to put out our first EP. I contacted several studios and found one near us that was in our budget and could do what we needed to do. I came up with a detailed plan/schedule for approaching the recording session that our recording engineer and everyone in the band approved of, have made significant arrangement changes to literally every song on the EP (intros, outros, drum/bass breakdowns, wrote a bridge for one song). I've been keeping notes on the songs, including BPM, which takes we liked, timestamps of spots that need to go back and be addressed. I set up a place for us to stay nearby while we were recording, made a bunch of bomb food at home that I brought to the studio for everyone, and arranged for a professional videographer to be present one of the days to capture footage for video release. When we lost our lead guitarist (and practice space) a couple months before recording, I brought in a guy from another band I am in (who is an extremely quick study) and immediately began setting up a legit home studio/practice space at my place. Our drummer doesn't own a drumset and has been using mine. Our studio engineer's role has been basically setting up mic's, operating DAW, discouraging the use of pedals while recording and discouraging the weird small intentional tempo changes that our frontman thinks are cool (both of which I have been telling our frontman for months) and being an outside opinion to say "that take was good" or "I think you guys can do better". He is fairly reserved and hands off in terms of guiding the session, though he did convince everyone to try a click track since we have a problem with rushing songs, which has been massively helpful. So, does the work I have been doing qualify me as "Producer"? I feel like I am producing this album. I am doing the behind-the-scenes, unglorious work to make it happen. Frontman refers to our engineer as our "producer", and I have previously brought up my desire to get production credits on this album, which he got defensive about, saying something like "these are my songs, this is my baby, I don't want to feel like I am being "handled" or losing creative freedom" (to be fair, as far as singers/guitarists go he's pretty good ego-wise about respecting my ideas and opinions, but the idea of me getting producer credits clearly touched a nerve). What say you, talkbass?