HI! I'm Ainsley, a 2x Latin Grammy winning sound engineer, songwriter and producer who has worked for artists such as Adele, Jessie J, The Kooks, Train, Beverly Knight and Jesse & Joy. I now have a studio in Berlin and lead a small team that provides services across all stages of music production.
I got my first studio job 20 years ago and have been involved in the music business ever since. I learnt the bulk of the trade at Kensaltown Studios in London, where I worked for 5 years, eventually as one of the in-house engineers and beat programmer/co-producer. There, I was lucky to be around some incredibly talented individuals who I consider my mentors; Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt, Miley Cyrus) and Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, James Morrison). Other regulars at Kensaltown were Jamie Hartman (Backstreet Boys, Rag'n'Bone Man) and Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens). I got to work with many major label artists (some mentioned above), and on a very long list of projects.
I have since relocated to Berlin where I work from my own studio. This is a comfortable 2 room facility with adequate acoustics, a vocal booth, lots of cool toys and a comfortable sofa! I am mostly focused on writing and 'hand's on' production, but also enjoy engineering work (mixing and mastering). I work with a small team and between us we cover all aspects of the music creation process, mostly in the context of artist development.
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What a guy! Ainsley is a fantastic engineer, passionate, kind, patient, enthusiastic and fantastic communicator - pretty much everything you would want a producer to be. A day working with Ainsley, is a day you won't forget!!
Ainsley Adams is a great engineer. He is easy to work with and he is not scared to suggest edits on the mix to get the best possible master. He’s done several projects for releases on our label, Subtempo, and we are really happy with the results.
It's always a pleasure working with Ainsley! He is real professional, a top-notch Producer and very easy to communicate with. Highly recommended :)
Interview with Ainsley Adams
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The challenge of creating a great experience.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: It's one of the smaller projects: a spanish band I developed called 'Zoo'. They were old friends of mine from the area where I grew up and just starting out. I wrote and produced 5 songs which went on their first album, and launched them as one of (if not the) most successful band in the Valencia Region.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm developing an exciting new act from Canada. We're working on writing, production and mixing for 3 songs.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, my good friend Thomas Juth. One of the best mixing engineers around.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Right now, I think it would be Sia. She is an amazing songwriter, has an absolutely astounding voice, and seems like a genuine, fun and easy person to be around. Plus, all her songs are hits!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yes, get a really comfortable chair!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly pop, with elements of electronic, rock and hip hop. However, I like to mix styles and experiment to find fresh ideas.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Unless it's a very simple job, it really depends on the artist's needs. It always starts with a conversation, and we make sure that people are comfortable throughout the process and leave with something they can feel good about.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I think Max Martin is a genius, and other big influences for me are Prince, Rick Rubin and Quincy Jones. I also love anything that involves Andy Wallace, Sylvia Massey and Steve Albini. To be honest, I have a lot of heroes in this world!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's a comfortable two-room facility with a vocal booth, made to feel relaxed and inspiring.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production, mixing and mastering. I prefer not to do all stages myself, because I believe having more ears on your project makes the outcome richer. Depending on each case, I will find the best way to get the required results, whether that is doing the work myself or delegating to other members of my team. However, I always oversee all stages of the project.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Intuitive and meticulous.