Steve Woolmore

Session Drummer, Music Mixer

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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.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Interview with Steve Woolmore

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. 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.

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. 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.

  5. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  6. A: A kind-of metal ep for a small band just one their way to their first release. It's seriously huge.

  7. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  8. A: Not yet.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Difficult to answer that but I love what we can do with digital sounds now.

  11. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  12. A: I'll never leave you high and dry.

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

  14. A: Listening to what people have to say in their music.

  15. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  16. A: Can you beef x up a bit? - My answer is,'yes' probably.

  17. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  18. A: That it's confusing. - It doesn't need to be if you ask the right questions.

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

  20. A: Style of music. Idea of the final sound. How it was recorded and where.

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

  22. 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.

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

  24. A: I'd be happy with my macbook a decent set of headphones and my drums.

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

  26. A: Playing drums and being involved in the industry for about 15 years, I mixed my first E.P 10 Years ago.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: Calm and collected.

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

  30. A: Trent Reznor, I imagine he could teach me a thing or two.

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

  32. A: Listen.

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

  34. A: Mainly rock and metal, but I play a bit of funk too.

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: Asking for help if I need it!

  37. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  38. A: That very much depends on what you ask me to bring.

  39. Q: What's your typical work process?

  40. A: Listen, listen, tweak, listen again. Never work with your eyes.

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

  42. 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.

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

  44. 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.

Steven Woolmore; 12 Squids

I was the Writer, Drummer, Programmer, Mixing Engineer and Mastering Engineer in this production

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