Its all about the Song! I love producing music, I will go the extra mile to get your song sounding great! I believe in the less is more adage...but that means it has to sound even better...
• Versatile Producer, who will go the extra mile to get you a great sound for your original song
• Understands the importance of delivering the sound you want to nail - hence prefers 3 reference tracks to nail the "vibe" you desire.
• As long as the original STEMs are great can deliver the sound you really want.
• Able to provide rapid turnaround for Artists who know what they want.
• Plays Keys, Bass, Guitar - Programs Drums and Beats - skilled enough to provide missing elements to a track that may need a lift.
• Will produce for Top-Liners who need an original track that delivers for their style...
• System handles over 200 tracks with distributed CPU technology enabling complex productions and quality DSP.
• Massive sound library covers all genres
• Able to target write for commercial releases
• Willing to contribute elements to any tracks on an agreed basis if required.
• Enjoys collaborating for commercial releases
Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.
Interview with mPHATic
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To give them the best result that they will get for their track - to bring it to life for them...so that it is the best it can be...
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The music - in the end we all do it because we love music...theres no other reason...
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get in touch with the song - treat it as if its your own and that you are part of it...it ends up being part of you as well!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1. Research the Artist, understand their music where they have been where they are trying to go. 2. Gain up to 3 reference tracks from the client to ensure that the production will marry up to their expectations 3. Listen listen and listen 4. Lay up the STEMS 5. Pull the STEMS into line...i.e. ensure they are ready for production 6. Begin working with the track 7. Produce a first rough mix with key elements for discussion sending an MP3 to the client for critical review - sometimes this may include Skype meetings to discuss options with the track. At this point I usually also discuss ideas and demonstrate what impact they will have on the track - if required where a STEM is not going to deliver - I will request a new one - there is a limit to what can be done - you have to know when a re-recording will fully deliver the promise of a track... 8. Take critical review points back into the production and finalise an MP3 for penultimate review - send to client and then bounce their points of review back into the final Production.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Joe Chicarelli, Mike Stent, Doug Rogers, Fab Dupont, Ross Hogarth, Jackknife Lee, Jaquire King, David Guetta and many more...
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: It would be the"Don't Walk Away" project above...the reason - it brought so many good people together for a good cause, we are donating the sales to try to prevent suicide - its a pet project I conceived and started as our suicide rate is the highest in the OECD and I realised I might be able to help...my role was the Executive Producer working with another 3 producers across diverse musical elements - it was a complex project that required massive organisation...with recording taking place all over the country.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on a video production for "Don't Walk Away" a song recently released that had 45 musicians and over 200 tracks...I like producing video as well because you can pull the song ideas into more focus..to really tell the story of the song...
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No I have just joined so am a noob...and have not had a good look around yet...but from the look of the site there certainly will be...
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both because they have their place nothing like a valve to bring that extra dimension...hybrid is also neat...
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you play guitar? ...my answer is no - I can actually play but not to the level of a great session musician... Will you Master the track - I used to say no and always send out externally but lately I have been enjoying mastering a lot more..that final polish can be so good for a track...to bring it to life...I ended up doing mastering for some other Producers and they loved the result so it became another string to the bow...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That production is all knob twiddling or programming - its a diverse set of skills where the approach you take to getting the right result is key...this could be retuning the song to a different pitch as it may enhance the vibe of the track...it could be re- arranging the song so that it flows better, or altering the length of key sections to build a better hook...or to build more tension so that there is a bigger release when the Chorus hits...
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Mainly I focus on the track I will be working on - its so important to know where they want the song to go...how they want it to sound, - also what they don't want...to ensure you do not waste time going down the wrong route...
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let me show you what I can do to your track....you will be surprised and happy...
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac Pro with Logic ProX / Apollo X, Roli Board, Ocean Way RmB-1 Mic, Mini Maton Gat & 5 String Fender J Bass...as a producer thats definitely 5 pieces...we can't count...lol
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started producing on the Atari with C-Lab way back in the day running 64 Midi Channels and linking 8/16 track and Digital Recorders, I continued evolving with studio gear and built my own Computers as nothing could handle the workload I threw at them. So it's about 25 years. What we have today is fantastic by comparison but I still love tape and analog as well...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Can do style with a win/win approach - nothing is impossible unless you decide it is...
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jesse J - she has an amazing voice and the ability to drive a song like no other vocalist - but there are many I would like to produce...Adele, Lorde, BEP...
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, Dance, EDM, RAP, Hip Hop, because we are a small country you gain experience across more genres which can be useful as you can sometimes cross pollinate tracks
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Understanding what the Artist/Client wants to communicate to their target audience and ensuring that this is delivered on to their satisfaction. By this I mean a full understanding of the emotional connectivity as well...
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: You basically have to treat it as if its your song - ultimately you need to bring the best out of the creativity thats already captured, but sometimes the development of a track can lead to breakthrough ideas and arrangements that will enhance the track even more...I tend to enjoy whats there and then the joy of enhancing the creation seems to always add more - even its by subtracting elements out that are not really necessary...I do whatever it takes to showcase the hooks....
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Latest i9 iMAC 8 Cores with Hyper-threading to 16, Fully blown Apollo X UAD system with almost every UAD Plug in - the only ones I don't have are the some of the guitar amps, selected additional Plugs... Focal SM9 Monitors, Focal Pro Headphones, BMW Matrix Monitors, Valve Preamps, 1176 Compressors, Ribbon, Carbon and Condensor mics, Guitars to enable any sound style, Basses to do the same...various Keyboards, massive sample libraries about 9TB.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production encompassing; Creative Contribution to develop standout tracks - this can involve many aspects depending on client need. There are . times when Vocal Coaching, Melodic Development, Harmony, Arrangement, Beat Programming, Vocal Tuning/Comping are required - other times it's just developing tracks to support Vocals and Guitar.