Dave Sanderson

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Sheffield based but willing and wanting to travel to find inspiring original artists to collaborate with.

+20 years experience in music, I've played guitar and keys from a young age so I have good musical knowledge and taste. I have been working in a professional capacity for about 7 years now and feel I need to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself both musically and professionally.

I have worked on around 40 albums over the past few years, some fairly successful, some not so but, each one was a wonderful experience and learning this art in this way is invaluable.

It has been said that I'm very motivated, professional and insightful as well as being an approachable individual, skills I feel are quite overlooked in these days of low budgets and get the job done with the guy with the high profile.

Basically, I want to learn and improve what I do.


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Interview with Dave Sanderson

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Music For An Infinite Universe by 65daysofstatic. I was heavily involved not just in the recording and production for this album but also in the completion of the arrangements and to some degree writing process.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Several album mixing projects plus some artist development and a little writing of my own.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I've not looked too much but people willing to charge a little more tend to believe they can do the job required. Don't go for the cheapest.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. Each good for some things.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I will fulfil your vision.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Freedom, earning a living to provide for my family doing something I love. Getting great results and seeing artists happy.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: How much does it cost? My answer....what's your budget?

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That I just work on with indie bands.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What do you want achieve and what budget do you have?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Just make sure your communication is clear and you know what you want to achieve.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: A solar power generator A laptop Some headphones A mic A kettle

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: Started in playing guitar in bands in my teens and migrated into recording professionally around the age of 30 so quite late but I'd always had a keen interest in recording from an early age.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Varied, clear, relatable and dynamic.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Bjork. For her creativity and envelope pushing.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Check phase at every step of the way.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Usually slightly left of centre indie type stuff but I have worked on everything you can imagine over the course of my career.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Translating the artists vision.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Taste, technique, vision.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I start at the beginning get to middle and finish with the end.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I'm based mainly at my home these days and I mix entirely in the box for convenience. My set up consists of a MacBook pro Laptop running a UAD Apollo with Amphion and Yamaha NS10 monitors. The room is nicely treated and mixes translate really outside of the space.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: For mixing Andrew Scheps and Tchad Blake I like due not only to their abilities but also for their philosophies towards music.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I undertake preproduction, recording and mix work with the majority of the artists I work with but will often arrange and help with composition or lyrical content/delivery. I also play on many of the projects I work on if it's required.

Gear Highlights
  • U67
  • Neve 1081
  • SPL Chanel One
  • Royer 121
  • Adam S3
  • Chandler TG1
  • Studer A80.
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