Record Producer J.R. Rotem on ‘Powerful’ Music of ‘Empire,’ Singer Charlie Puth

When it comes to recording music, the producer can be just as important to the sound of the track as the songwriter. And when they’re the same guy, that person is exerting a huge amount of creative control. Variety’s Andrew Barker went to the Hollywood studio of producer J.R. Rotem to learn how he guided the creation of two songs: “Powerful,” which was featured on the Fox drama “Empire,” and Charlie Puth’s recording “Dangerously.”

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