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.

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

Interview with Will Wakefield

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

  2. A: Mixing and production.

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

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

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. 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.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: Mixing.

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

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

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

  12. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  20. 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?

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

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

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

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

  25. Q: Analog or digital and why?

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

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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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