I had two wishes, and they both combine into one suggestion - and I don’t think anyone else is doing this.
The things I struggle with most in my production:
The things that I benefit from most in my learning: seeing how different producers approach things, in an ‘elements’ series.
What I’d love to see, for both arrangement and mixing, is different producers tackle the same piece, each with a time limit.
A few of your top roster of producers are given an 8 bar loop with various stems - at the point where many producers struggle to turn into a full track.
They each get 90 minutes - 2 hours to flesh out the arrangement in the way they normally would. They can add new tracks.
If you did, say, an uplifting trance one, I’d love to see how the different producers approached turning an 8 bar loop into a full arrangement.
Same for a tech house one, with different producers.
I’m not talking about doing a remix. The basic ideas should be there already.
Same principle: provide the producers with the stems. They shouldn’t be nearly finished and ready for final showing off and polish. There should be problems, masked frequencies - the kinds of issues producers actually face.
They then get 90 minutes - 2 hours to mix the track.
It would be really great learning to see how producers take a normal track - one with issues - and handle it differently but all getting to a place they are happy with by the end.
I hope this helps Phil, and do let me know what you think about the idea!