By Alexander Iadarola. The legendary producer and engineer drops some serious knowledge on Aretha, Ginuwine, and what today's producers can learn from the past Jimmy "The Senator" Douglass is an American record producer, engineer and mixer who has worked in the business since he was a teenager, putting in hours copying tape in Atlantic Records' famous studios in New York in the '70s. He learned his craft by carefully studying the movements of Tom Dowd, one of the most famous engineers of the era, and soon started overseeing sessions himself.
In the years since, he's worked with practically everyone: soul icons Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway; rock legends Foreigner, Genesis, The Rolling Stones, and Roxy Music; post-punk agitators Television and Gang Of Four; R&B superstars Destiny's Child and Brandy; hip-hop moguls Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and Lil' Kim; and a clutch of FADER cover stars including Kanye, Blood Orange, and Kindness. Perhaps his most famous partnership, however, is with Timbaland.