Rhys Downing

Mixer, Producer, Engineer

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I'm a music producer, mixer and recording engineer based in London, England. Selected credits include Mark Ronson, A$AP Rocky, Beau, Mr Jukes (Bombay Bicycle Club), Superfood. I'm always on the lookout for interesting new projects, so please get in touch if you'd like to discuss anything. Management by Nina Jackson at thedayjob.com

After a stint in the technical department at EMI Abbey Road and Olympic Studios, I landed an assisting gig at Miloco Studios in London, England. Progressing up to an in-house engineer position, I was lucky enough to work with producers such as Stephen Street, Gil Norton and Mike Crossey.

Since going freelance in 2012 I've covered genres from urban to punk rock, with several multi-platinum albums under my belt. I've worked with major labels, independents and self-funded bands and artists.

The majority of my mixing work is now done at my own studio in north London. For recording projects, I have good relationships with all major London studios, and can help find the perfect place for you to make a record.

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

3 Reviews

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  1. Review by Dillion Dominguez
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    Rhys has been a monumental part of the music I've created. Every musician can hear their music for the potential they feel that it has. A very difficult part of this process is hearing mixes and producers attempts to hit that level of professionalism that the artist feels the music deserves. This was a constant struggle in the process for myself until i started working with Rhys. Every time i hear a mix of a song Rhys has done for my Band Killjoi I'm completely awestruck by his ability. I plan to work with Rhys in all future projects.

  2. Review by Sam Mitchell
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    I have worked with Rhys on a quite a few projects now, ranging from day sessions to a full week working on an album, I have found Rhys to be very calm and polite around the studio and he CERTAINLY knows his stuff. He is ALWAYS open to changes and ideas during the recording process and my band have found his creative input to be vital when producing our stuff!!

  3. Review by Nick
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    I have worked with Rhys as a recording and mixing engineer on a number of different sessions. He is a calm and collected presence around the studio, as well as being a technical expert on pro tools. His creative suggestions when mixing have often proved extremely helpful. I would highly recommend his services!

Interview with Rhys Downing

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

  2. A: Hard to stay up to date with this one. Just finishing up a record I'm producing for a young singer/songwriter. Mixing a jazz record, an electronic artist from Sweden and an up-and-coming French singer.

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

  4. A: I crossed paths with Matt Foster at Miloco a lot - he's a gentleman, and a supremely talented mixer.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Mixing - digital, because it just is. It's been a LONG time since anyone shipped a tape to me or any of my colleagues to mix. Recording - depends. Most tape machines have seen better days, and unless it's a really well maintained Studer or Ampex, it's usually not worth the trouble.

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

  8. A: Goosebumps

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

  10. A: Constantly getting to hear new music, meeting new artists and getting to know their perspective on music and life.

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

  12. A: Can I come and listen to the mix in person? Of course! I love having the artist in the studio for the final tweaks. Do you use any analogue outboard equipment or a console? I don't, except for an analogue chain on the mix bus sometimes (but not always). What was it like working with Pete Doherty? Exhausting and inspiring in equal measure.

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

  14. A: Thankfully most bands are pretty clued up about the various processes involved in making a record.

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

  16. A: Where do you come from musically? What are you listening to right now? What did you listen to growing up? What do you want this record to do? How do you want it to make you feel?

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

  18. A: Make sure your production is 100% ready before handing it off to a mixer. We can do amazing things, but we can only work with what we're given.

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

  20. A: Just a Pro Tools rig and a pair of NS10s. I don't think I even need five things...

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

  22. A: My first ever 'proper' job was working at the SSL factory in Begbroke. From there I went on to EMI's Olympic and Abbey Road studios, then to Miloco studios. I left Miloco in 2012 and have been producing, mixing and engineering in a freelance capacity since then.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: As a mixer, I like to keep things fairly natural. I'm not out to reinvent the wheel when an artist/band/producer has already poured their heart and soul into a song. That said, I'll do whatever it takes to get a sound that excites me and my client.

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

  26. A: Bowie, because I know he'd surprise me - he always brought something fresh to the table, and that's always worth doing, even if it doesn't always go to plan. In the realm of the living, I'm always working with people who challenge and inspire me, so I don't give too much thought to who I'd prefer to be working with.

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

  28. A: Get the breaths on the lead vocal EXACTLY the right volume.

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

  30. A: Lots of slightly left-field pop, often with RnB or jazz influences. Also lots of rock - everything from harder punk rock through to acoustic singer/songwriter stuff.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: It used to be being lightning fast on Pro Tools. Now I think it's listening - whether it's the EQ on a snare drum, or the artist explaining their vision.

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

  34. A: I spent years as a musician before working in a studio, and I still have a little bit of a musician's attitude in the studio. I'm honest with myself about whether a mix excites me or not, and if it doesn't, I usually know exactly what to do to get it there.

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

  36. A: When I get a session to mix, the first thing to do is label, color-code and organise tracks and get them into a template so I know where everything is. I try not to do this on the same day as the actual mix. During mixing, I don't have a set process or order that I work in. I try to get a rough balance sketched in on faders before doing too much EQing, and resist the temptation to listen to the tracks in solo.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: My studio is in Tottenham, north London. Its core is a computer running Pro Tools, an Avid Artist Mix controller and two pairs of speakers - KRK 7000B and Yamaha NS10M. There's also some other equipment which helps me to work - monitor controller, power amps, a few mic preamps and compressors.

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

  40. A: I was lucky enough to work with Stephen Street in my early engineering days - an inspiration and an education. I'm also a huge David Bowie fan.

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

  42. A: Mixing, production and studio engineering.

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