My passion is working in depth with artists, songwriters and composers. Whether that’s co-writing from scratch or helping shape existing ideas, I love taking songs all the way through to fully arranged, recorded, and mixed final creations.
Originally from the UK, I worked for over a decade as a musician and music director for musical theatre. I conducted shows in London’s West End, toured extensively, and worked internationally with shows including Les Misérables, Hairspray, and Kinky Boots (as well as conducting the Grammy-nominated UK Cast Album). During that time I also composed music for theatre and several documentaries, and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2013 for outstanding contribution to the music industry.
In 2017 I moved to Los Angeles to focus on producing and songwriting, and have since worked with many independent artists and songwriters both in the studio and onstage. I play piano, keyboards, guitars, bass, and drums, and my strengths lie in creating tracks that combine the best of real instrumentation with the latest in studio wizardry.
I like to know a lot about a project before taking it on, to make sure that I'm the right person for the job, and to help set a price that works for both the client and myself. So do get in touch!
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12 ReviewsEndorse Pete White
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I can't think of anything more professional than working with Pete: communication was fast, tracks and chart were perfect. On top of that, the music was great!
I was very nervous and I had no idea what I was doing but it was such an easy and relaxed experience! super happy with the song too :) thanks so much
Pete was an absolute pleasure to work with. Highly talented and communicative, he brought my vision into reality! He always had a fast turn around time and was in tune with my ideas while adding a lot to help shape my song. Would definitely work with him again, and highly recommend!
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Ok... This was fun! Pete took a chance on me and sent me a well written song to drum on! What fun!
The tracks that Pete sent were dialed and the song played itself! He was quite a pleasure to work with and for. Easy to communicate with, was quick to respond and easy to follow!
Thank you, Pete! Let's do it again... Cheers, Dennis
Pete is a remarkable producer, multi-instrumentalist, and a truly awesome person to work with. In my experience working with him, he is very intuitive to what an artist’s vision is for their song. He offers ideas and insight throughout the process to bring that vision to life musically.
Pete is easily the best producer I've ever worked with. I've had several demos and songs produced by Pete and he never ceases to impress me. Not only can he play a ton of instruments, but he adds new textures and atmospheres to my songs that I could never imagine - I am constantly blown away by his talent. He's a great guy and fun to be around, plus his studio is a vibrant and exciting place to create. He's a musical wizard and I always look forward to watching him work his magic.
Pete has mad skills! He is efficient, reliable, detail oriented AND a master musician, an excellent communicator, and an all around delightful human! Hands down, THE BEST producer I have ever worked with!
Pete is the first producer I have ever worked with, and I am so grateful that I got to have the experience that I did. He communicates so well and prepares a lot before each session, and he motivated me with the amount of care he put into our track. He was a wonderful person to work with as a first experience because he is so patient and open to trying anything. My favorite part about working with him was hearing his opinions and suggestions, and feeling heard when I gave my own. I could be completely honest with him and we had a lot of fun when we discovered sounds we both loved.
I honestly can't do justice in writing with how great Pete White is to work with!
I basically had the bare outline of a song, and he helped me every step of the way into transforming it into a song that I am proud of. He is skilled in playing multiple instruments and producing, but also takes the time to understand your personal vision for the song. He goes above and beyond to include you in as much of the process as possible, and is amazing about keeping a constant flow of communication. I would recommend working with Pete 10 out of 10!
Pete is an expert at taking the raw, unstructured soul of a song, tweaking it in small ways, and bringing out the narrative more fully. On several of my original works, the songs feel more themselves after he's worked on them. He is also a master at figuring out which instruments best compliment a song, whether that is ballad piano or funky guitar, and he can play both masterfully. I highly recommend!!
I cannot say enough great things about Pete. He is completely attuned to my vision as an artist while bringing ideas to the table I couldn’t have imagined. We quickly developed an easy short hand that has made for a hugely collaborative experience. His ability to play and compose for a multitude of instruments keeps bringing my tracks to a new level, and his attention to detail tops his work off with a polish.
Pete is a fantastic producer -- he's a truly phenomenal multi-instrumentalist, so it was like was getting four session musicians (virtuoso guitar, bass, percussion, AND piano!) included in the price of my track. He's amazing at having the vision for what the song could be even just from a simple voice memo demo. And, he clearly cares really deeply about doing his best work and making sure I was as pleased with the result as possible. I couldn't recommend him highly enough, and I really look forward to working with him again!
Interview with Pete White
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital plug-ins are of such high quality today, I feel they are a better investment of money.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have as clear idea as you can for what you want your songs to sound like. It might seem that if you don't give a producer any direction or references, then they can be more creative, but actually the reverse is true. I take great pride in being able to execute the artist's vision, AND then also bringing things to the table that they hadn't thought of. That's when it really feels like a collaboration.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, upright piano, bongoes!!!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I enjoy being a musical shapeshifter, but I would say my best work tends to include guitars of some kind, and sounds FUN!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Raffaella has really well written and quirky songs
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Use plenty of reverb, but EQ the reverb so it doesn't overwhelm
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer-songwriter and pop/indie pop. I also produce quite a bit of retro-sounding music, mainly for sync, particularly anything jazz, folk, or 60s sounding.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to play several instruments to a high standard, in many styles. It means I can experiment quickly on the spot. Also, a lot of music today is made purely in the computer, and I like being able to combine samples with real instruments. I think it makes for tracks with more life in them.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have good instincts when it comes to structure and instrumentation
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Sorting through the song's structure, tempo and key as needed. Recording a guide piano/guitar track and vocals. Discussing reference tracks. Then I'll often start with the chorus and build out a draft arrangement of that, to make sure the artist and I are on the same page with style and instrumentation. Then building out the rest of the arrangement, and somewhere towards the end of that recording final vocals. I almost always mix my own projects, but use a separate mastering engineer do the mastering.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a nice quiet room at a production/rehearsal studios in North Hollywood. Recording-wise I keep the gear simple, but I have a bunch of guitars, a banjo, ukulele, Appalachian dulcimer, keyboards, percussion, and other fun bells and whistles (literally!).
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing songs for artists, that either I've co-written, or helped shape in some way.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Greg Kurstin for the way he combines acoustic and electronic elements in production. Mark Ronson for the way he combines retro and modern sounds
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Finding out more about the story behind the song, the real life inspiration, and then finding ways of shaping the song to express that musically.