Pro Top-line Writer.

10 Reviews (9 Verified)
SCOBIE RYDER on SoundBetter

Twice, Gold Awarded song/topline Writer. Winner of 2 AMPEX Golden Reels. EX-EMI (London) Recording Artist. Having written, arranged & recorded over 1500 songs; I really do know what works (& what does not;-) 28 years + Experience; means I deliver top quality melodic & Lyrical content to suit Instrumentals, in any genre!

My Super Power is creating originals & "Fixing Songs"...
I always deliver quality melodic & lyrical content...
On Time & On Budget

My adult life has been spent in Music.
Writing commercially viable songs is my true forte.

Refining Lyrics and Melody to maximize outcomes is 2nd nature to me.

I can also originate entirely new core concepts to a brief!

I have razor-sharp ears for melodic suitability and harmonic accord ...You will be happy with your results.

Splits are as follows for all works unless stated otherwise:
Full songwriting: 50% publishing split
Co-Writes/Rewrites: 25% publishing split
Hooks: 20% publishing split
Featured Verse: 12.5% publishing splits I am very flexible...Work for Hire rates available upon request

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.


AllMusic verified credits for Scobie Ryder
  • Bay City Rollers


  • English

10 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

  1. Review by John M.

    Scobie is five-tool talent!

  2. Review by John M.

    Scobie is relentlessly in search of his next great melody - his energy is infectious. John

  3. Review by John M.

    Scobie is a writing machine - but there is nothing mechanical about this output. He's a real-live (whereabout unknown) creative monster. John

  4. Review by John M.

    Amazing job as always!!!!

  5. Review by John M.

    Scobie definitely has great topline ideas for the Projects we gave him. That's obviously why we're a repeated client of him. We greatly recommend him!

  6. Review by John M.

    Scobie remain indefatigable and endlessly creative!

  7. Review by John M.

    Scobie is a fearless and inventive bad-ass when it comes to song creation.

  8. Review by John M.

    Scobie is insanely melodic and completely uninhibited. If he doesn't improve your song then you must have a damn good song. John

  9. Review by John M.

    Scobie has the voice and the imagination to improve your song(s). I can happily recommend working with him.

  10. Review by Brian m.

    Scobie is a one off
    He's the magic- crypto.
    Can wait to be with him soon.
    We have more magic to explain.
    And explaining is important too.
    We Hunt
    We gather
    We swim
    We breathe
    We love

Interview with SCOBIE RYDER

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

  2. A: Toplines are a speciality...Also writing killer hooks / Choruses with Melodic & lyrical polishing. Writing or re-writing hooks.

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

  4. A: If its songwriting expertise you need...check around and listen to the work. Beware music "Production" shine and look to see the true quality of the songwriting first... As a wise man once said...."You cannot polish a turd!"

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

  6. A: I will respect your work...and help it to shine, making your creation the best it can be...

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

  8. A: Prince. Van Morrison. The Beatles. The stones.

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

  10. A: Taking a famous pop band member and helping him carve out a new SOLO career! It was blood sweat and tears but great times... Although I wrote all the songs and arrangements I gave half the writing credit away. I was happy with the outcome overall...Generating some great material and touring Europe and Japan with a dynamite band.

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

  12. A: Just finished an album where I wrote all the (16) toplines...It is a new collaboration with 2 great UK musicians who call themselves TELLERMINE. Mastered by Pete Maher (U2 / The Stones) it is sounding PHATT ;-))

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

  14. A: Just got here... so not yet!

  15. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  16. A: I have been through years with both of these options...Honestly, I always move with the times...Digital is it. I prefer the flexibility and much-increased speed of workflow. We are in the 21st Century after all ;-))

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

  18. A: I love making music...what else is there? Making the right changes can make a huge difference to a songs commercial viability...and I am delighted when a client is happy with my input and the final outcome works.

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

  20. A: Q: Why did you need to change it? A: To make it work as a viable song.

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

  22. A: That anyone with gear can write songs by using technology alone... Songwriting is an ART FORM.

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

  24. A: What is the purpose of this recording? How soon do you need it? How long have you been working in music?

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

  26. A: A solar-powered rig for my MacBook, my Gibson adj 45 acoustic guitar and a satellite internet connection...Plus lots of hard drives ;-))

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

  28. A: I have been an independent music maker for all of my adult life..I was signed to EMI London in the '80s and since then ...I have never had A REAL JOB ;-) Music is my life.

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. A: Spontaneous...Open and aware of the realities. Lost the ego a long time ago. The song is king.

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

  32. A: Quincey Jones;-) He is the daddy.

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

  34. A: Its all about the song. So I build around the core concept. Always supporting the vocal lyrical & melodic content.

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

  36. A: Pop music in most genres...I do like pop-rock and indie-pop... its got to be fresh!

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. A: Intuition. I instinctively know where a song "wants to go"...and I simply assist in getting to the correct destination.

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

  40. A: A lifetime of experience in writing and editing...I have worked in many top London studios (Abbey Road/ Air/ Strong Rooms/Olympic/ etc As the producer and as a session singer. I know how to structure and arrange songs.

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

  42. A: I always like to fully discuss the required outcomes, before I analyse the arrangement and make any edits. I am a song-writing gun for hire...There is no ego on my end...I do what is best for the client and their song.

  43. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  44. A: I have always had studio gear...for over 25 years now. It changes and evolves; right now on logic X and the usual suspects for plugins...I use a huge variety of soft synths and can sing/multitrack vocals like a god;-) Good mics and a vocal booth are essential! However in the end...It is The EAR, not The Gear!


Terms Of Service

Fast turn around 3 to 5 days..
Revisions are rarely needed. Up to X3 changes are not a problem!
(We can SKYPE/ZOOM to clarify.)

Gear Highlights
  • NEUMANN U87's
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SoundBetter Deal

I will review your song at no cost and advise on whether it has any commercial potential...(Is it a hit?;-)

  • NEW GLOBAL RELEASE (My best Friend DICK) Scobie ryderSep 12, 2019

    Just released a new rather naughty/Adult rap style tune with Explicit lyrics...My Best Friend DICK!

    In the style of  Rapper OBIE  TRICE...Lots of fun and the guys will sing along!