I am a session guitarist and Ivor Novello nominated composer from London. I specialise in all styles of classical/acoustic guitar and a wide variety of plucked string instruments from around the world, such as the ukulele, charango, ronroco, mandolin and others. I co-composed for the hit game Assassin's Creed Odyssey with duo The Flight.
I can offer session based work or creative composition and arranging. All recordings are produced using high end equipment via Logic Pro from my project studio. I can work from written music, MIDI or audio, or from a basic harmony guide (with descriptions/instructions for required parts).
As a TV and video game composer my recent projects include the hit video game Assassin's Creed Odyssey, working with composer duo The Flight, for which I received an Ivor Novello nomination (Best Video Game Score 2019). I also compose for TV and my guitar music is regularly aired on the BBC and channels worldwide via production music labels Sony/EMI, Audio Network, Cavendish and Boost Music.
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More amazing music from Mike! Mike's compositions are super versatile, unique, and extremely well crafted.
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Mike is an exceptional composer and great to work with! Don’t miss an opportunity to work with Mike.
Mike nailed it, once again!! I was stuck on a song and really needed help on arrangements, mixing and mastering. Mike did a wonderful job. He's been very reactive, addressing all the notes I gave him right away and being super professional. And the strings parts he wrote are SO beautiful, they improved the song so much. I am absolutely thrilled, and will order again for sure. If you need a producer/arranger that can then mix and master your song, look no further !!
Mike surpassed my expectations compositionally and performance-wise on this project. He works quickly and is very professional. I would happily use again.
Mike is AMAZING. Super reactive, super professional. And his instrumental lines are beautiful. He did a wonderful work on my song - he did a full production, mixed and mastered it. The result is even better than I imagined. I will order again for sure !
Interview with Mike G
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide session acoustic/classical/electric guitar tracks in various styles of instrumentation and genre, from acoustic styles of classical, folk and other world music to contemporary styles to fit with the latest production trends.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am always inspired by musicians with their own unique voice.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work from my project studio through Logic Pro X.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The client can provide information in any format they like - from sheet music to audio only, or MIDI files. I would always discuss with the client what is required to serve the project before starting any work.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I look to bring what is required for the song to reach its full potential. Also if required I provide creative input.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening to the client. And playing guitar!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: As I also work as a composer for TV and video games, I work on a vast variety of music styles, from traditional to modern pop.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Keep things simple, and keep in mind space and contrast.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Elliott Smith - my favourite singer songwriter, though now unfortunately deceased.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A blend of classical, jazz, folk, Latin and pop/rock.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been performing the guitar since the age of 5. I started composing songs as a teenager, before completing a degree in Popular Music and Recording. I have been recording session guitar and composing for over 15 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An acoustic guitar, a classical guitar, and electric guitar, an amp and a lead.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to the artist's work and decide if they fit your style.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What emotions and meaning would you like the listener to grasp when listening to your finished track?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy - actually it takes years of dedicated work to achieve good results in short spaces of time.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How quickly can you do the job? My answer is - very!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am my own boss, and I feel like I'm expressing myself properly through life.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best to create the best possible music to suit the client brief.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, but I mostly work digitally due to higher levels of control.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't know any other artists on SoundBetter.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Various projects for TV and games, plus some session work for clients around the world.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I co-composed Assassin's Creed Odyssey with duo The Flight, for which we received an Ivor Novello nomination.