I'm Tim, and I run Full of Joy Studios in north Wales, United Kingdom. With many years of experience and a huge variety of projects, I am able to offer many diverse services at an extremely high quality, professional level.
I have been writing and recording material for over 10 years. Music recorded at my studio has been played on major radio and TV networks throughout the world, including BBC Radio One, BBC TV, Disney Channel and many more.
We are a team of three, which allows us to offer many different services:
Session guitar - Classical, Electric, Bass and Acoustic
Session vocals - Soprano female vocal as heard on "Royals" cover
Top-line melody writing
All of these techniques can be heard in our sample track. Please contact us for more information on any of our services.
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Interview with Full of Joy Studios
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Full production. Arranging, session work, engineering, tracking, mixing, mastering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Beck, Damon Albarn, Bill Fay, David Wrench, John Williams (Classical Guitarist).
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Software - Cubase 6.5, UAD (Neve, Manley, SLL plug-ins etc) , WaveLab, Komplete Outboard - Neve 8801 channel strip, TC Electronic M-One XL Mackie D8B 48 channel mixing desk Speakers - Yamaha NS-10, Wharfedale Microphones - Pearlman TM-1, Blue Kiwi, Shure SM57 (x 3), Shure SM58, Shure Beta 58, T.bone RM 700 (x 3), Sennheiser e906 and many more Keyboards - Roland RD 300, Roland VK8, Nord Lead 2 Drums - Tama Arkstar Amplifiers - Orange Rockerverb 50 with 4x14 Orange Cab, Orange Tiny Terror, Vox AC30 Guitars - Gibson Jonny A Custom, Fender Custom Shop Deluxe Stratocaster, Taylor 314CE, Jackson Other instruments - Double Bass, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Harmonium, Banjo, Mandola, Cello, Ukulele, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Bouzouki
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 9-5 studio work, 6 days a week. Work includes: song-writing, arranging, mixing, tuning, session work, production, mastering, tracking, editing and more.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An extremely strong work ethic with a strong eye for detail. I strive to make each song unique and full of character.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Attention to detail and high quality results.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk, electronic, Americana, singer-songwriter, post-rock, instrumental, classical.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Think about what is best for the song, not what shows off musical or technical prowess.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Thom Yorke. I have huge respect for his writing and the way he has constantly adapted and pushed himself throughout his career.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar at 8 years old, and have been writing music since my early teens. After being in bands for a few years, I quickly wanted to record my own music. I've now owned a studio for over 10 years and have had music broadcast on TV and radio all over the world.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Ramirez classical guitar, Cubase, Neve 8801 Channel Strip, Dave Pearlman TM-1 and Gibson Jonny A Custom.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please be specific in your requirements and give examples of work that you admire.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How quickly would you like to receive the finished work? Do you have examples of previous work that we can hear?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting to work with so many talented musicians from all walks of life.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That every job is given the amount of time it deserves.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Analogue recording can be absolutely brilliant, but digital is improving all the time and the recall facility is invaluable.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: The third album from Golden Fable, Youtube audio and videos for The Joys, and a new EP for Mechanical Owl.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Golden Fable - Ancient Blue album, which received extensive radio play all over the world and is published by BMG/ Chrysalis. Role: Songwriting, engineering, session work, production.