Will Wakefield

Mixing and Production

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I like to mix. I'm the head of A&R for well known jazz label. I recently did some remixes for Jeffrey Osborne, and have been wanting to mix more projects. I've also been a Recording Academy governor for four years, and have been singing and songwriting for my own band the last 15 years.

I'm here to offer mixing, and/or production help, or pre-production advice. I prefer mixing, rock, pop, and R&B, but am more than capable for other genres, including jazz, folk, singer-songwriter etc.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Will Wakefield
  • Christian McBride
  • Christian McBride's New Jawn
  • Tia Fuller
  • Cyrille Aimée
  • Julian Lage
  • Erroll Garner
  • Yellowjackets
  • Tower of Power
  • Alfredo Rodriguez
  • Stanley Clarke Band
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Jeffrey Osborne
  • Raul Midón
  • Dave Bennett
  • Christian McBride
  • Christian McBride Big Band
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Kevin Eubanks
  • Jimmy Greene
  • Sean Jones
  • Jackiem Joyner
  • John Beasley
  • Cameron Graves
  • Cameron Graves
  • Christian Sands
  • Billy Childs
  • Julian Lage
  • BWB
  • Warren Wolf
  • Kenny Garrett
  • Harold López-Nussa
  • Brian Bromberg
  • Cyrille Aimée
  • Alfredo Rodriguez
  • John Patitucci
  • Brian Blade
  • Danilo Pérez
  • Stanley Jordan
  • Kevin Eubanks
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Christian McBride
  • Christian McBride Trio
  • Aaron Diehl
  • Jimmy Greene
  • Rick Braun
  • Sean Jones
  • Sean Jones Quartet
  • Cyrille Aimée
  • Mack Avenue Superband
  • Mack Avenue Superband
  • Mack Avenue Superband
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Stanley Clarke Band
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Rodney Whitaker
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Christian McBride
  • Christian McBride Trio
  • Christian McBride & Inside Straight
  • Wayman Tisdale
  • Warren Wolf
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Tia Fuller
  • Hot Club of Detroit
  • Kenny Garrett
  • Kevin Eubanks
  • Gary Burton
  • The New Gary Burton Quartet
  • Christian McBride
  • Stanley Jordan
  • Sachal Vasandani
  • Gerald Wilson Orchestra
  • Gerald Wilson
  • Sean Jones
  • Wayman Tisdale
  • Christian McBride
  • Christian McBride Big Band
  • Warren Wolf
  • Tia Fuller
  • Hot Club of Detroit
  • Danilo Pérez
  • Taylor Brown
  • Christian McBride & Inside Straight
  • Count Basie
  • Johnnie Bassett
  • Sean Jones
  • Sachal Vasandani
  • Carl Allen
  • Hot Club of Detroit
  • Stanley Jordan
  • Sachal Vasandani
  • Carl Allen
  • Carl Allen
  • Tia Fuller
  • Sean Jones
  • Sean Jones
  • Gerald Wilson Orchestra
  • Gerald Wilson
  • Gerald Wilson Orchestra
  • Gerald Wilson
  • Oscar Castro-Neves
  • Oscar Castro-Neves
  • Will Wakefield
  • Hot Club of Detroit
  • Sean Jones
  • Terry Gibbs
  • Sean Jones
  • Gerald Wilson Orchestra
  • Gerald Wilson
  • Ron Blake
  • Terry Gibbs
  • Sean Jones
  • George Shearing
  • John Brannen
  • Will Wakefield
  • Will Wakefield
  • Freda Payne
  • Connie Han
  • Will Wakefield
  • Mack Avenue Superband
  • Mack Avenue Superband
  • Mack Avenue Superband

Interview with Will Wakefield

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Digital in general. For recall purposes in mixing. Also modern digital converters are fantastic. This isn't the early days of digital.

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

  4. A: Helping bring polish and focus to an otherwise amazing song.

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

  6. A: What are your favorite sounding records and is there any specific artists/genre I should be considering while working on your project?

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

  8. A: Have your files, edited, bounced, and organized. It'll help me move faster. If pitch correction and editing is needed that's fine it just takes longer. Any notes on important factors. Like is the synth pad a background device, or is it supposed to be louder than guitars and take center stage in the arrangement?

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

  10. A: Mic, Guitar, Laptop, and a decent set of speakers.

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

  12. A: I graduated Berklee, with a business degree, and have been working at labels and on productions for almost 20 years now.

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

  14. A: Sting. I love the way he writes, and composes.

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

  16. A: For all the repetitive nature of popular music, I think it's interesting to put one sound somewhere in every song that's unique and doesn't repeat.

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

  18. A: Rock, Singer-songwriter, R&B

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: Mixing.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: I typically mix in Logic, using Wave & Slate plugins. I have a Lynx Aurora, and Neve 8816 and as my main outboard gear. My speakers are JBL LSR4328's, plus the matching sub.

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

  24. A: Tom Elmhirst, Jeff Lynne, Chris Lord Alge, Hugh Padgham, Bob Rock, Glen Ballard, David Bowie, U2, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Seal, Sting, Stevie Wonder

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

  26. A: Mixing and production.

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Will Wakefield and the Congress Hotel

I was the Mixer, Producer, Songwriter, Singer, and Guitarist in this production

Terms Of Service

3 revisions in general, then extra. Depending on song, I like to take a day or two to mix, and sit with it.

Gear Highlights
  • Neve 8816
  • Lynx Aurora
  • JBL LSR4328p's with sub
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