Session Drummer, Music Mixer
Hi, I'm Steve a freelance musician and studio engineer. Lots of experience over the last 20 years and a huge love of doing it.
I'm here to help guys to get the best out of their early Eps. - I've noticed lots of decent start-up bands in the industry being let down by shoddy mixing. So for a fair price I'll help you sound as good as possible. All prices are negotiable.
I specialise in Pop, Rock and Metal bands, I also write and record my own film tracks, I've posted one of my own tracks below.
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Interview with Steve Woolmore
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My band's EP 10 years ago. Between us we recorded, mixed, mastered and released it ourselves. It's not the best sounding thing ever, but it was an awesome achievement.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A kind-of metal ep for a small band just one their way to their first release. It's seriously huge.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Difficult to answer that but I love what we can do with digital sounds now.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll never leave you high and dry.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Listening to what people have to say in their music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you beef x up a bit? - My answer is,'yes' probably.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's confusing. - It doesn't need to be if you ask the right questions.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Style of music. Idea of the final sound. How it was recorded and where.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Tell me what it is you want, try to vocalise what the end-point is for the project and I can tell you what needs to happen.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd be happy with my macbook a decent set of headphones and my drums.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Playing drums and being involved in the industry for about 15 years, I mixed my first E.P 10 Years ago.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Calm and collected.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Trent Reznor, I imagine he could teach me a thing or two.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mainly rock and metal, but I play a bit of funk too.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Asking for help if I need it!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: That very much depends on what you ask me to bring.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen, listen, tweak, listen again. Never work with your eyes.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm lucky enough to have a number of places to work. - Mostly on screen engineering, living in London requires as little space as possible. But I and the others I work with have acquired some decent gear over the years. Depending on what you need, we can see what needs to be used.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too many to mention! I love what David Bottrill has done over the years, especially with the Tool albums, and whilst we're on Tool, how about Danny Carey for a drummer? - Yea.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Currently with my mixing work, I've been taking mixes of local bands in the London area and giving them a better product, through either mastering, mixing or in some cases, both. In terms of my drumming, lots of gigging with theatre and function types, plus a couple of my own bands I do to keep it as fun as possible.