So we're really early in the pre-production process for our next record, and we've been discussing the idea of working with a producer. We're an independent band at the moment so obviously we won't be able to afford a Sneap or Townsend or anything like that, but we like the idea of bringing someone in to help us make the record we want to make. To sort of keep an eye on the big picture and pull great performances out of us rather than just great takes. We're looking to explore a bit of a departure from our comfort zone and explore a new sound, and we're even approaching the writing process in an entirely new way for us. We still want to make a metal record, obviously, but we want to go a bit more natural and less processed than the norm. We want to have someone help us craft great songs, rather than good collections of drums/bass/guitar/vocal parts, if that makes sense. Problem is, I'm not really sure how to go about shopping around for a producer that would be on the same page with us and still be in our price range or be so far "above us" that we would just be clients to them rather than working partners. I know this is a great place to start, as there are probably people here that would be exactly what we're looking for. I don't necessarily want to post our budget, as that might be shooting ourselves in the foot, but if anyone knows (or is) a producer/engineer on a sort of up-and-coming level, that would like to work with us in making what we hope to be a groundbreaking album (we can hope, right?), let me know either through here or via PM or whatever. We would like to make a list of people we might like to work with and sort of see who would be best suited for what we want to achieve. We're based in California, but wouldn't be opposed to working via web on pre-pro if possible, and maybe flying somebody out to wherever we end up recording, or traveling to their studio if possible. We plan on tracking drums in a full blown studio with a really nice room, recording guitar and bass DI's ourselves at home, and either hitting another studio for vocals or tracking them ourselves. I know there are a ton of people here that are more than qualified on a technical level, but we're sort of looking for someone who we "click with" in a style sense, if you know what I mean.