Patrick's recent electronic remix gained over 350,000 views on youtube and is currently racking in hundreds of plays a day on Spotify, sitting at 140,000 streams. He produces under the name MIIDDY, where his debut EP peaked at #4 on the iTunes Electronic Charts in 2017 and currently has a string of works on the way in 2020.
Patrick is a Music Producer, Musician, Mixing Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Playback Engineer and DJ, who recently graduated from The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), gaining a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Majoring in Sound). Patrick thoroughly enjoys Music Production and has combined his love for Sound Design in Theatre and experience as a musician and music producer, to create a unique and new style of music under the artist name MIIDDY. This unique sound over the years has developed through 14 years of Piano training under his belt, 6 years of music production, and with his music theory and sound technical knowledge, he’s able to break the ‘rules’ in the right places to create a fresh new sound.
Apart from electronic music production, Patrick has also ventured into rap production, producing for Australian Comedian Lewis Spears. This led to having his comedy rap song played on his national radio show, Luke and Lewis in Australia, and gaining over 100,000 views across YouTube and Facebook.
As well as producing experience, through his sound engineering degree, he has gained valuable skills such as Mixing, Podcast Editing, Time Alignment and audio editing.
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Interview with Patrick Middleton
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is pricing negotiable? Of course. Many projects require more or less in some areas of expertise, so I'm always taking this in to find a suitable quote for the client
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Collaborating! You learn so many small things for writing and creating music when working with different people
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be afraid if you don't know any technical jargon, Im always happy to go off anything you give me as a reference.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a combination of by the book and unorthodox methods in music and sound design
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic, EDM, Pop, Rap
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'll treat every client project individually and complete the request in a timely, efficient and professional quality
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try a different approach every time you start a new song, it will stop you from getting stuck in the same creative loop!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on my own "MIIDDY" productions at the moment as well as an up and coming artist first R&B EP.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: For portability, digital!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you need a huge amount of gear, a lot of the work I do can be done directly from my laptop with minimum gear. Although hardware and lots of equipment is ideal, sometimes it's not the most practical.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Something I always ask clients is what their vision is for the project. From this I can see their timeline, inspiration and creative thinking approach to what they are wanting in the final product.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop (of course), portable SSD, UAD Apollo, SM7B and MIDI Keyboard
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Music Production, I have a fast workflow which enables me to gather and collect ideas quickly.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Combination of creative and technical thinking to convert clients needs into technical terms to get their desired result in the song
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a small compact setup using Ableton Live with a UAD Apollo X. I have some synths including Novation Bass Station II and Arturia Minibrute 2S
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most common work I complete for clients is producing, creating and enhancing projects. I'm also editing and mixing these projects.