When he hears music, he’s not focusing on his own enjoyment; he wants to know where it comes from, how it’s put together, and how he might filter it through his own sensibility, whether in a DJ set or his own work. Listening and producing are two parts of one process.
Davis also talks about the decisions that go into making a song.
From the moment you start working on a song to the moment you finish a song, you probably have to make a thousand decisions. At any point in the process, if you make the wrong decision, it’s gonna send the track in a different direction. It could be an arrangement decision, a mix decision, should this hi-hat be panned at 7 o’clock or 10 o’clock?
I think this process is something the Song Exploder podcast captures well.