Producer, Instrumentalist, Engineer. Want some STANK for your record? I'm the man with the plan.
I've been doing music in some form since 2003.
I started as a musician first and although my degree is in Professional Performance (Bass), I have honed production and mixing skills for the last 11 years.
My main specialism is Groove-Based music that is Funky - "Funk" music can be all kinds of genres like R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock or Electronic, so long as it makes you move your body and pull a face.
From that angle, I offer a whole variety of services spanning the creation of a record - from individual rhythm section parts, arrangement ideas, lyrics, beats, MIDI drum and synth programming, whole demos, track mixes, stem mixes to mastering - from my acoustically treated home studio space. I also have access to some excellent session people if you need specifics like a guitar or saxophone solo.
I'm happy to wear different hats depending on what you need. I come at the production and mix process from a musician's 'vibe'-driven perspective, but mixing is about making the songs sound as best they can and I'm happy to be an objective scientist about it, too. I've also got experience releasing my own tunes and some knowledge of publishing and recording rights (mostly from a UK perspective) if that's something you wanted cleared up.
Take a listen to my stuff and get in touch with details of your project. I'm looking forward to working with you!
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
8 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Andy Wilson (Wilsoni)
You’re in safe hands with Andy. This was our third job together and another cracking song completed. What I like most is his collaborative approach. It really is like having another band member. Repsectful, honest, generous with his time and very talented. And yes, he brings tha Funk! Highly, highly recommend Andy.
Another excellent job done by Andy. The mix/master he did was spot on. I’m loving the sound of the track and can’t wait to do the next one. Andy is a great communicator and knows how to get the job done.
Yeah man now thats the FUNK!! Andy was the perfect producer for my song. I highly recommend. I tried putting this track together many times over the years and never was able to get it to a stage where I was happy. After a few brain storming sessions with Andy we were able to bring out the groove and free the funk. Very professional, knowledgable, approachable and good fun. Very much looking forward to working on the rest of my songs with Andy.
This is my second time collaborating with Andy and he was great on several fronts. He did an excellent mix, listened to my feedback and tweaked accordingly. He also went above and beyond to make edits that improved the overall mix. He even gave helpful advice on posting the music. Would work with him again.
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Great artist to work with! Easy going, good communication and quality production!
Andy is a great collaborator. Not only did he clean up the tracks I sent, he also explained the mixing choices he made and was open to my suggestions. All of this at a very reasonable price point.
I would definitely work with him again.
Easy %100 sick. Andy nailed my sound, knew from the start what I was looking for, was quick and professional while still remaining chill and casual, and had excellent communication skills, including the ability to take notes and give helpful feedback. 10/10, I suggest you work with him.
Andy mastered five demo tracks for our lo-fi hip-hop outfit "Tone Poets", much to our delight. I approached him in London, couldn't believe my luck - perfect man for the project and our classic vibe was right up his street. He did an exquisite job with the mastering, bringing out the soulful and old-skool qualities intrinsic to each track, especially regarding vocals. I was gutted when he left the 'Smoke as I was a big fan of his dj sets (Man Has Taste), however I would happily assign him future projects and he is quite honestly my go-to guy when anything similar pops up. Defo recommend.
Interview with Andy Wilson (Wilsoni)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Far from bothering my still-living true heroes (although if George Clinton was up for it... !) I'd actually like to collaborate with folks I admire who I believe don't get their dues. I like eclectic, off-the-wall auteur types, like Shock G from Digital Underground (RIP! :( ), Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Dam-Funk or Huey Morgan from Fun Lovin' Criminals. Jay Kay from Jamiroquai would be an interesting vocalist to work with (and is also an early influence!).
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: My man Charlie Elwess - I've known him for years, he has very high standards and a great sense of feeling and emotion that comes across in his songs and production work. Also, he has a Masters degree in recording so he definitely knows his onions!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: For myself? A few original concept EPs (Unconventional love songs, introspection) - I've started to do dub-versions of some tracks, some new stuff is leaning in a kind of Boards of Canada/Trip-Hop direction. For others, radio jingles for an Ohio-based Funk station, Trap beats and arrangement ideas for 'Urban-Dramedy' library music, reproducing samples as original cuts for Hip-Hop beats.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy! I mean, it's easier than a real job (because it's fun!) but it requires a lot of attention to detail, as well as an understanding of a few concepts and technical bits that you take for granted if you actually do it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is it you'd like out of our collaboration? Do you have a deadline? What is the budget for your project? Do you have any influences or references you'd like to aim towards?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want before you hire someone to do it? We creative techs can be as flexible as you like, but half-written ideas and vague notions of intent can sometimes turn out quite expensive. Personally, I like to get the thumbs up as we go different stages but others would prefer just to deliver a finished product I think.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love the sound, feel and ideology of analog, but... There's a real fetishisation about analog gear (for good reason!) but I get the impression that the difficulties working with things like tape machines and synths that went out of tune justifies the digital side. Ideally it's a combination of both approaches' strengths. I'd love to have a heap of analog gear but I can't afford it! So I try to emulate as much of it as possible within the digital domain - emulating the approach can yield some very satisfying results.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Funky Osmosis, like a magpie! I got into Acid Jazz and Hip-Hop first,then discovered the source of the breaks. It's an amalgamation of little bits and pieces from across the years of influence - this drum break, that keyboard sound, some type of tape-delay, ripped off guitar licks and horn parts and such. I used to say "like a poor-man's Prince" because I do a lot myself, but that does neither of us justice! One thing is for sure though, I prefer the dirtier side of the coin - P-Funk over Earth Wind & Fire, Prince over MJ, Erykah over Jill Scott.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take breaks! Your ears get tired and you can work yourself into a weird, intense tunnel-vision. Go outside for 10 mins and after you've reset you can come back to the thing with that excitement you had when you'd never heard it before.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Really prolific, hard-working individuals with scope and ambition who are quite hands-on with most aspects of their work - qualities I aspire to! Prince, Frank Zappa, George Clinton, Quincy Jones etc. But I generally love watching anybody who does something well - even if it's not my preference.