Dr Dre – Hip Hop
This legend of the rap scene began his journey in the mid 80s as he learned the skills it would take to be a hip-hop producer. As a founding member of the gangsta rap outfit NWA, Dre was on the front lines of ground-breaking hip-hop as the era welcomed the new sounds. From here Dre took a more backstage role and became renowned for touching up the sounds created by others in the studio. From his throne here he has helped several acts skyrocket to fame including none other than Eminem. The name Dr Dre was passed around so frequently that he is now synonymous with the production side of hip-hop, with beat making and a superior sonic delivery part of his legacy. He is so well known for a clean sound that he started his own brand of headphones, which even today are admired for their association to the good Doctor.
Trent Reznor – Industrial
Better known as the frontman for his band Nine Inch Nails, Reznor has been working extensively in them music scene since he began. Known for creating the industrial rock sound that NIN are known for Reznor has been the go-to guy for dark and atmospheric sounds ever since. He created the dark and terrifying music for the first-person shooter Quake and also helped with the sound design. His skills have also been requested to score films as he has put his hand to several movies including Natural Born Killers, Lost Highway and Gone Girl. Reznor’s taste for creepy ambience is something that few others have mastered in such a way.
Rick Rubin – Hip Hop/Country/Metal
Unlike the Dr Dre’s of the studio who stick to what they know and do it well, legendary producer Rick Rubin has somehow managed to be a presence behind some of the greatest albums in rap, rock and even country. Putting himself in the producers chair for world renowned artists such as Johnny Cash and the Red Hot Chili Peppers has meant that Rubin knows a lot about what it takes to make a fantastic record. He is the co-founder of great labels such as Def Jam and American Recordings which both put out some of the most iconic sounds of the 20th century. Rubin is present in some of the most powerful hip-hop (getting a shout out in Jay-Z’s 99 problems) and some of the heaviest metal acts like Slipknot and System Of A Down.
Brian Eno – Ambient/Experimental
Known as an ambient music creator Brian Eno has a reputation in the industry for eking out the best that creators have to offer. Stories have circulated about some of the odd head games and pressures Eno has been known to put on his artists when under his wing, consequently a barrage of great music has come out of it as a result. With credits that include work with U2, Devo and David Bowie this incredible master of experimental electronica has been responsible for delivering some of the greatest and strangest sounds to our ears for over half a century.