If I pay someone, they work for me; they don’t give me ultimatums if they want to get paid.My bands last project some years ago had a fairly well known pair of producers who definitely had their own idea of what our band should sound like. We weren’t permitted to be part of the the mix process.
They really changed the sound the band. I was a studio rat, actually had my own project studio. What I’m trying to say is I know my way around a control room.
They didn’t include many of the recorded tracks on the final mixes. We (band) hated it when we first heard it. They wouldn’t even share rough mixes with the band.
It was a demoralizing experience even though the CD came out super powerful and was well received and had wide distribution.
I suppose there is a moral to the story.
I’m glad your CD was well received, but for me, I’m less concerned with commercial success than I am with my music. If my CD doesn’t sound like me, it’s not a success. If the producers substitute their goals for your goals, that’s a recipe for disaster.