Simon Oldhams

Top-line, Lyricist, Vocalist

Simon Oldhams on SoundBetter

Top-lines on time, on price and on trend. Catchy hooks, considered lyrics and dynamic vocals. Credits with major commercial clients and publishers.

Established award winning artist with years of experience in the music industry as a writer, performer and producer. Credits with major TV Networks, Radio and Film broadcasters.

I can help you discover and harness the dynamic, melodic and lyrical power of your project. Working together, I can give you the hook and content you need to put your project on top.

I love enchanting melodies and harmonies that wont leave you. I have a particular passion for complex backing vocal beds and textures.
Lyrics tend to be project dependent and determined by the clients brief.
For example much of my recent work has been producing top-line lyric and vocals for trailer music for Sky broadcasting, where the lyric is focused on motivation, power and achievement particularly in sports events and movie promotions.
As a singer I have a broad range of dynamic and power and I am able to provide many different flavours vocally, I write for both male and female vocalist and understand the nuances of each.

Clients are requested to provide a detailed brief and audio reference material. Please also include intended use of finished material.
Please state if you require just a vocal session for your completed song with lyric and melody or if you require a full top-line service with original lyric and melody.
Royalty division to be discussed per job.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Simon Oldhams

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

  2. A: You have to be pleased with what you do, If you're not proud of the work you do, you need to hand back your fee.

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

  4. A: Trailer music and Stock music for a throwback album.

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

  6. A: I'm a newbe to Soundbetter, I'll come back soon and answer.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Being human means I don't limit myself to binary questions, I'm analogue because I have fingers and I'm digital because I'd be a fool not to be.

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

  10. A: "Yes we can"

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

  12. A: I choose my hours and I love what I do, so I do it as much as I can legitimately.

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

  14. A: I work with a lot of the same people on projects, we get good briefs and strong deadlines, the most common question is, "can you get it done today"? the answer has to be "yes"

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

  16. A: Difficult question, I don't think music is as valued as it was twenty or thirty years ago and as such it's hard to make a living you can rely on. We are professionals, who work hard and need income. I think folk think if you're always working you're making a fortune.

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

  18. A: Do you have a brief? It really is the key to getting to the meat and potatoes of a project.

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

  20. A: Know what you want and make sure you get it by providing a clear brief with focus on the reference material. Audio, lyric, photos, stories, feeling, anything to communicate your vision.

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

  22. A: Acoustic guitar, blues harp, 8 track, lots of note pads and pens and a piano, so that I finally had time to learn.

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

  24. A: I've been recording sound since I was eight, I made a demo for BBC radio one when I was 9 with a local radio DJ who said I had talent, Started a band at 14, then was in a million more, got into production hard, made music for video games, radio shows, did lots of vocal sessions for commercial tunes, became a live sound engineer and a promoter running live music venues stages in London and festivals and formed my current band with a bunch of other full time music heads and here we are years later still doing it.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Visceral, gritty, powerful, heartfelt, honest.

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

  28. A: Rodney Hylton Smith aka Roots Manuva, I met him once when I was stage manager for the VIP stage at Reading.I love his approach to lyric and production and he's just very honest.

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

  30. A: Keep your bottom end clean, by that I mean take out the low frequencies of all your tracks except the ones you really need, like kick drum, bass etc. everything else gets a high pass filter. Also be polite and make good friends, it's a small world after all.

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

  32. A: Song based music, from orchestral to folk, funk, soul, blues, cinematic, trailer music they are all songs with beginnings middles and ends.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I like to please, especially my clients. A recent client complemented me on my veracity in my approach to her brief and how I pulled out lots of extra stuff from the production that she hadn't considered and really appreciated. I was blow away by the compliment but it's important to get the job done right.

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

  36. A: I love a melody, if I cant remember a song, to me it's not really a song. Melody is what I bring, I see them as paths and build them and intertwine them forming harmonies and journeys through sound. Hooks make the journey make sense and travel that way again. It's got to be catchy.

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

  38. A: From getting the brief I'll review the reference material, audio reference tracks, lyric ideas, inspirational photos are always good. Then if it's a top line job I'll review the track and let it loop in the back ground and get on with something else to distract me. I then see what comes to the top. I'll get pulled back by a hook line or a lyric and I'll record in rough ideas on the fly, then go from there. A little fairy magic and we're hauling the mail!

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a full live room based around my Mac running Logic. It has a vocal booth, guitars keys etc old skool really. I rehearse my band in there and score all my TV orchestral work. It's great, no windows no distractions just audio. A dream come true.

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

  42. A: I love visceral artists, those who fuse control with mayhem. Like a wild pony getting rained in.. I love anything with obvious passion and truth, I have a guilty pleasure for gangster rap but also really dramatic orchestral arrangements.

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

  44. A: Top-line vocals lyrics and melody is what I do most, I have been writing a lot of lyric & melodies for female vocalists for trailer music. It's very dramatic with huge dynamic shifts.

Terms Of Service

Typically 2 revisions, 3 - 10 day lead time, fees and royalties worked out per job.

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