Performance

Performance

Music Director (MD)

According to bassist/composer/engineer/music director Melvin Lee Davis:

“A music director in a context in my chair is sort of a producer of product for the artist I’m working for. It really depends on the artist, some of the work can be administrative, where you’re on a computer sending sheet music out to people and you’re sending emails out with instructions or musical issues.  I think it’s the whole putting the package together and sometimes arranging for the artist or forming it out.  It’s like for instance when you work for example with an orchestra, for the most part my job is to communicate with the conductor about the needs of the artist, the desire, what the artist likes or doesn’t like, so that it allows him to do his job effectively without trying to second guess. Then you become the link between the artist and the orchestra. You have moments when you do that and you have moments when you’ve got a body of music and you have to translate that in Iive form, so you have to hire the right musicians for the right genre. Some music directors are all administrators, most of the music is already done for them, they just have to pass on the charts, get everybody prepared. There are other music directors who arrange, write, produce, so it really depends. I’m not the kinda music director that likes to micromanaged other peoples talent cause I don’t think I can get the best out of you if I’m handcuffing you. Once again I think spiritually cause I can get the best out of you if I allow you to be who you are, because then you’ll give it to me honestly. I’ve learned writing the music myself too. When I played saxophone it was a B-flat horn and I had to learn read in concert C so all the notes were at different places for bass, soo it was a hell of a learning experience. It took me awhile to adjust. Important is that you find the right chemistry so the artist is comfortable.”