I specialise in bringing people's creative visions to life in the form of release quality tracks. I am an award winning songwriter, composer, producer, mix engineer, arranger, and musical director. See LarpMusic.com
I write, produce, record and mix music for Artists, Labels, TV, Film and Theatre.
I've worked with Sony, Universal, Ninja Tune, WestOne, BMI, BBC, Channel 4, Sky, The National Theatre.
I work out of a beautiful custom built studio on North London which is included in my day rate.
Finding a producer to work with is not just about finding someone with the right skills but also who understands you, your vision and will be easy to work with. You also want a fun, creative environment in which to work. So spend some time talking to us first :)
I can help with all of the following:
Music / Song Structure,
If you're interested get in touch for a chat. I look forward to hearing from you
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Jim Hustwit - Larp Music
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver an incredible piece and to have some fun doing it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love adding the magic to someone's creative vision so that they leave the studio with a finished product which is beyond their expectations.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: As a composer I don't really have a style as I am constantly writing and producing music of different genres. I love to use real instruments and don't do Techno or House.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Music driven by melody with big, hooky and emotive choruses. The kind that make you go "mmmmmmm" when they kick in. I love that big epic sound, driven by percussion but then I also love big drum beats. As a guitarist I do a lot of acoustic stuff but I'm also working on a piano album and some funk
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ear. I'm very good at critically analysing a piece of music and breaking it down in to it's component parts. Then recreating it
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whatever you want. In producing someone else's music, the most important thing is what the client wants. I will offer my ideas, opinions and and skills, but you are free to take or leave them as you see fit. It's a collaborative process driven by you... I'm a composer and multi-instrumentalist with a wide selection of instruments (acoustic guitars, electric guitars, mandolin, ukulele, upright piano, loads of virtual instruments, But I can help with song structure, lyrics, arrangements (string, brass etc), melody, harmony, mixing etc.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Write, Arrange and Record a Demo. Sleep on it. Adjust Accordingly Add bells and whistles (figuratively speaking) Record Properly ideally with all real instruments Sleep on it... for a few days Mix
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I take musical ideas and musing and turn them in to amazing sounding recording. I work with clients to define their style and hopefully create something unique
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both - Digital allows speed and flexibility whilst analogue provides the warmth and tone the digital lacks. I embrace the future but fondly remember the past
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it can be done in a few hours. Producing and recording a great piece of music takes time. Also that production will not make an average song great. A great song works in it's most simple format... often one instrument and a voice
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want to achieve? Who are they doing it for? Who or what do they like? Who or what don't they like? Who they are aside from music.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk to any prospective producer or writer. It's as much about your personal relationship with them as it is about who they've worked with and what they've done. They could have produced Michael Jackson but if they are a d*ck then it won't be a fulfilling or fun process. And making music should always be fun!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this since 2008. I started as a singer song-writer but realised my passion and strength was in the writing and recording rather than the performing. I quit a lucrative marketing career to work on music full time. I've since spent my time working to constantly improve what I do and learn from those I work with.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's all about performance! The best recording gear in the world will not make a poor performance sound good. However, basic gear will capture an amazing performance.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a producer I love the work of Paul Epworth As a composer I love the work of Hans Zimmer As a Lyricist I love the work of Ed Sheeran As a general writer and performer I love the work of Bruno Mars