Mike Dean: ‘Being a producer is more psychological than technical, for sure…’

“I can be pretty blunt”, admits veteran US hip-hop producer Mike Dean. He’s talking specifically, in this instance, about how he deals with label A&Rs who try to interfere in his process – but for good measure he also proves his point several times during his interview with MBW. The question, ‘Are there any artists you’d love to work with?’, for instance, is usually the cue for writers and producers to get themselves into a tizzy as they mentally flick…

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