You are unique, and so is your music. My main goal in all of this is for you to get the best out of your music. I love working with impassioned people that want to create something with heart and soul, something different and unique. If I don't think that I could get the best out of your music, I'm not going to take your money.
I'm a music producer, multi-instrumentalist and mixing engineer from Sheffield, UK.
My main goal in all of this is for you to get the best out of your music. I love working with impassioned people that want to create something with heart and soul, something different and unique. If I don't think that I could get the best out of your music, I'm not going to take your money.
I try not to concentrate on one particular genre. I love to take influence from a lot of modern Pop, but draw from a healthy grounding in Alternative Indie, EDM, Classic Rock, R&B, Soul and Blues.
As a producer, I like to hear what the song needs, and the artist wants, all while experimenting to always bring something new to the table. Along with this, being a mixing engineer allows me to know what will (and what won't) work sonically together.
So, let's create something.
Send me a note through the contact button above.
Interview with Nick
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Start with the bare bones of a song, and really listen to what's being said, and how I feel about it. After that It's adding in or supplementing anything I feel the song needs, and then finally taking away anything that detracts from the song, and what the song is trying to say.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Originality, and tonal composition. I'm always trying to bring something new to the plate, be it a sound, or the way something fits together. I love to take something and twist it into something different and new.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being a multi-instrumentalist, it makes me massively less impartial towards a certain instrument. Oh, and being a huge nerd and just loving playing with and coming up with new ways to do stuff.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn to take things away, and let go. Usually you've heard the song many times, and get attached to certain elements, even if they don't really work. It's the hardest part of producing, but the most valuable lesson.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing drums at 11, and guitar at 14. By the time I was 15 I started self-recording me and my band, and shortly after that started recording friends bands and from there it sort of progressed into this long sprawling history of learning and getting better. I went to University to learn how to be even better, and ended up as a Backline Tech (Roadie) for a few pretty big bands, and traveled all through Europe doing that. But, even though I had this career that I loved, I still wanted to produce and mix music, so I started doing that as well any chance I could. After a few years I just started making music all the time, and here we are 18 years later.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Justin Vernon, Jack Antonoff, Ezra Koenig and Lorde. They're all very talented people that make the music they want to make without worrying about the Pop machine, and still dominate the industry. I think they all make very honest music, and I think everyone should follow their examples.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've got a dedicated, fully-soundproofed, production studio so that I can work as and when the mood takes me. It's a little vibe space so I can just loose myself in the music. Hardware: Mac Pro 8-core & Macbook Pro, UAD Apollo Twin, UAD 4-710d, Golden Age Pre-73, Warm Audio WA12 Monitors: 2x Focal CMS 65's, 2x Yamaha HS5's and an Auratone MixCube. Microphones: SM7b and Aston Spirit DAW: Ableton & Pro-Tools Plugins: Soundtoys, UAD, Waves, Goodhertz, FabFilter, among many others.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I don't really confine myself to working with a specific Genre. These days a song can be any number of Genres and Artist can flow between different sounds, and I fully condone that. I just try and bring all of my knowledge and experience to the table.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Feel it out first, don't just jump in with someone because they have a sparkly profile. Ask them how they feel about working on a song with you, see if they're on the same wavelength as you. When I have new clients come into the studio, the first few hours is talking and getting to know them, just getting into a rhythm with them. after that, everything is way smoother.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm here to work for, and with you. If I don't think I can help the song be better, I'll tell you. If I think that something should be changed round I'll tell you. I'll never make a change because I want to have put my stamp on it, I'll make a change because it'd be better for the song, the listener, or you. I guess my promise is to work for the music, and not myself.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love getting to know new people, working with different styles of music, having fun, and getting an amazing product at the end. something everyone can be proud of, and happy to share with the world.