Leaping into the artistic process
When producing with another artist, composer or musician, I'm looking at what in the work sheds the most light on their art and thought. Working into that framework is difficult, but most often opens the door for slowly moving towards one's own sound.
Collaborating in this way means going all all in creatively. A producer will go with you into the composition, arrangement, writing, sound design, making synth patches or even performing.