Simon Ward

Music Producer & Musician

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Whether you need full production, mixing, remixing, a radio edit or some live drums recorded, I can help bring your project to fruition.

With over 20 years music production experience and 3 decades as a musician, I release music myself as Dr Rubberfunk, and recently co-wrote, recorded, mixed and produced the debut album for gospel soul singer Izo FitzRoy.

I have remixing, mixing, production and engineering credits with artists as diverse as Fatboy Slim, Norah Jones & Madness, and my background in radio promotion has led to radio edits created for the likes of Joss Stone, Beverley Knight, Cage The Elephant & Seth Lakeman. My drums can be heard on records by DJ Food, French Horn Rebellion, Smoove & Turrell and many more.

I can also compose and record bespoke music for your TV show or film - my music has featured on shows ranging from The Wine Show and The Grand Tour to Travel Man, Eastenders, Top Gear and The One Show.

Maybe you need some editing and production on a podcast? Or audio archiving or restoring from obsolete media (Cassette, DAT, 1/4" tape)? I can do those too, please get in touch for details - click the contact button above.
Look forward to hearing about your project!

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Interview with Simon Ward

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I have a Mac-based studio, with a few select outboard preamps and compressors. These run into an Audient interface, with expansion available via a Cranborne Audio 500ADAT unit, which allows tracking and/or mixing through a selection of 500 series units. Monitoring is via Adam monitors and Sennheiser & Beyer Dynamic headphones. A varied mic locker covers the classics (AKG D12 & C414, Electrovoice RE20 & RE11, Shure SM58) to the more esoteric (Calrec CB20, Beyer Dynamic M81, AKG D58 & Oktava MK219). I have 4 drumkits to call on for recording; 1950's Ajax and early 70's Olympic 4-piece kits in jazz sizes, with 5-piece Ludwig and 7-piece Premier kits from the 1980s in more traditional rock configurations. An upright piano, Fender Rhodes MkII Stage 73, Hohner Pianet T and Roland SH101 cover the keys side of things, with a selection of guitars including 6 & 12 string acoustics, several Telecaster and Stratocaster models and basses from Fender & Tokai.

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

  4. A: I've worked on a great deal of remix projects over the years, and this has grown into an increasing amount of more straightforward mixing work. Often, both will entail an element of creative production input too. With a background in radio promotion, I've always done plenty of radio edits for a variety of record label clients, big and small, and enjoy the challenge of finishing a tight edit that everyone is happy with!

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

  6. A: Having just released a new Dr Rubberfunk album - 'My Life At 45' - I'm now working on some re-issue 7inch projects alongside writing and pre-production for a soul vocalist's album project.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Always both - I'd love to run an all analog studio, but the costs and logistics are prohibitive for me, so I try to incorporate some of each for both recording and mixing duties!

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

  10. A: A unique studio sound and a rounded approach to arrangement and mixing.

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

  12. A: It very much depends on the project - mixing tracks with vocals will have a different workflow to undertaking a dance remix for instance, but I try and best serve the song.

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

  14. A: Largely soul, funk and blues, but hip hop and dance music production regularly features in my workload.

Dr Rubberfunk - 'A Matter Of Time' feat. Izo FitzRoy

I was the Artist, Producer, Musician, Recording & Mixing Engineer, in this production

Gear Highlights
  • Vintage AKG
  • Beyer & Electrovoice mics
  • classic Fender Rhodes & Hohner Pianet keys
  • drums from the '50s to the '90s
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