"Happy Little Records"
This one is for the other producers out there.
Meet the artists "where they are” when tracking.
Example: if a player is real musical, you can speak to him with some theory and musical terms, and possibly throw more complicated ideas at them.
If not, then you’ll have to speak more plainly and perhaps demonstrate some things.
Another example: if a guy is a real good technical player, maybe let him do all the guitar doubles rather than the guy who isn’t as good, but knows a bunch about pedals and sound design. Give him tasks that involve creating cool tones and textures and sounds.
Bands may not know themselves well enough to deeply understand how to best use their strengths to their advantage.
But if you’re doing your job right, everybody contributes their strengths.
“Use the musicians like paintbrushes.”