Providing bespoke music creation and production to industry and individuals, I'm a BAFTA Cymru co-winning composer with 15+ years of experience. Even if you've not heard of me, you may well have heard my music.
I've composed and written music from a young age and started studying music at the age of seven. I got my first computer when I was fourteen and started using music technology straight away. I went on to study Creative Music Technology at RWCMD, gaining a BMus (Hons) in 2005. I went on to work with John ER Hardy in his studio in Cardiff, as both studio manager and associate composer. Together we won a BAFTA Cymru award for Best Original Soundtrack for three years running.
I've been running my own business since 2009, and went fully freelance in 2017. I offer music composition and production services across a range of styles and genres, and for an array of different clients and uses. I use some of the latest software available to create music that is designed, mixed and shaped to fit with the project requirements. My main objective is to make it work.
I collaborate frequently with all sorts of other artists and musicians to record, mix, arrange and/or produce music ranging from folk to rock and pop to EDM. My record label has just released another two singles, which happen to be a collaboration between Maurice Grumbleweed and myself.
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Regularly get mixes from Hugh to master and they're so easy to work with. Always high quality, no compromising and makes my job so much easier! If you need anything mixing, 10/10 would recommend (5 stars isn't enough!)
Hugh is my mix engineer of choice. His guidance and sound is top notch. He always delivers on time and in budget. It’s always a good result with HFM
Interview with Hugh Fowler Music
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Mac Pro running Logic Pro X and DP9, together with Reason 10. My monitors are a pair of Adam A77X with an Adam T10S Sub and I use a Yamaha 02R as a mixer. I have a MOTU traveller Mk1 hooked up via ADAT and it works a treat! I have a Studiologic SL88 as my keyboard. I have a load of software instruments from Native Instruments, VSL, Spitfire and use plugins from manufacturers such as Waves, Audio Ease, Celemony, iZotope and Audiothing.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a drama series in Wales called Y Pris. I loved working on this project, writing original, top quality underscores for some amazing dramatic scenes. It was award winning too!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm just finishing music for a documentary on the navvies that built Bramhope Tunnel with Catapult Films.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes - Two Zero Nine mastering. Can absolutely recommend.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I work mostly in the digital realm purely because of time and budget constraints. I use analogue gear sometimes to augment the track, and will always look to fulfil this request should it be a deal breaker!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: It'll get done.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's so varied and I get to work with such talented people.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q:How much would it cost? A: What's your budget?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your project about?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm here to help. What do you need?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac Pro, my entire software library, Microphone, Keyboard, Headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have always wanted to do this! I've been professionally working since 2004, working on youth theatre projects whilst also getting paid, and progressing into TV in 2006.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like luscious, romantic, sweeping orchestral music, but also things with plenty of bass and all sorts of other things too. My style (hopefully) marries these elements.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Actually I'd quite like to work with Amy Winehouse. I think she really was a recent icon.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't ever think that your mix is perfect because is so rarely is. Always strive to make it better.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My work is so varied I don't know how to answer this question.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I like to listen.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity and adaptability.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I chat to the client (informally usually) and build up a picture that we all agree on of how some music might help. Once that's done I create the tracks and deliver them to the project. Simple as that!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bernard Hermann, Claude Debussy, Aphex Twin, The Chemical Brothers.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I write music that fills the gaps that people need filling.