Winner of 2 APEX Golden Reels (When we had TAPE;0-) EX-EMI (London) Recording Artist. I have written & recorded over 1000 songs...I know what works & what does not. 15 years + Experience as a top London Session Singer: (* Sound-alike TV show Spitting Image!) Vocal Reel: https://youtu.be/l3yesoPx1-I
My Super Power is fixing songs that are " ALMOST THERE" A Pro Songwriter who delivers quality.
A full-time music maker. All of my adult life has been spent in Music Production.
Refining Lyrics and Melody to maximize outcomes is 2nd nature to me.
I have razor-sharp ears for melodic infringements...& can hear a bum note in the middle of a complex mix;-)
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3 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse SCOBIE RYDER
Scobie is a fearless and inventive bad-ass when it comes to song creation.
Scobie is insanely melodic and completely uninhibited. If he doesn't improve your song then you must have a damn good song. John
Scobie has the voice and the imagination to improve your song(s). I can happily recommend working with him.
Interview with SCOBIE RYDER
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Toplines are a speciality...Also writing killer hooks / Tweaking Choruses with Melodic & lyrical polishing
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Prince. Van Morrison. The Beatles. The stones.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
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 ;-))
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Just got here... so not yet!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
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 ;-))
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will respect your work...and help you make it shine, t and be the best it can be...
Q: What do you like most about your job?
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.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Why did you need to change it? A: To make it work as a viable song.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anyone with gear can write songs by using technology alone... Songwriting is an ART FORM.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the purpose of this recording? How soon do you need it? How long have you been working in music?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If its songwriting expertise you need...check around and listen to the work. Beware music "Production" shine and see the true quality of the songwriting first... As a wise man once said...."You cannot polish a turd!"
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A solar-powered rig for my MacBook, my Gibson adj 45 acoustic guitar and a satellite internet connection...Plus lots of hard drives ;-))
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Spontaneous...Open and aware of the realities. Lost the ego a long time ago. The song is king.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Quincey Jones;-) He is the daddy.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Its all about the song. So I build around the core concept. Always supporting the vocal lyrical & melodic content.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop music in most genres...I do like pop-rock and indie-pop... its got to be fresh!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Intuition. I instinctively know where a song "wants to go"...and I simply assist in getting to the correct destination.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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!