I will help you make your vision happen...that can be through co-writing, additional programming, full production or mixing. For mixing I operate from home where I've set up my hybrid analog / digital studio. For production I can be flexible and will offer various options according to your budget and needs.
As a professional I will adapt to your project specifications and budget while offering multiple services.
Top line writing.
Programming (drums, keyboards, effects etc...)
I also work with a team of musicians, singers, programmers, composers, mixing engineers and recording studios that can be brought in to your project upon request.
More info www.williecortez.co.uk
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Interview with Willie Cortez
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Any kind of music, provided I can bring something relevant to the table...I like, play and listen to all kinds of music, and working on film scores taught me a lot about breaking barriers between genres.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: There is no electricity on desert islands. My acoustic guitar and a pocket knife. Ha!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been making music for a very long time. I started as a drummer / singer in a band at age 10...we were writing our own songs...later on, when I turned 20, I moved to London and drummed for a few bands...and a few years later I joined a drum & bass collective as a singer...I've always been open to different experiences so my career path seems chaotic but in fact it has its own logic...anyhow, at 27 I got signed to EMI in France, on the strength of a demo...They released my debut album as a singer/producer...I still had a lot to learn as a music producer, but I insisted on making that first record by myself, with my own little hands, and learned the hard way...it was awesome to be able to record my own songs in proper studios, with proper engineers and Neve or SSL consoles...I was at it day and night, I felt so lucky, it was a blast and I've learned a lot from that experience...Film scoring came later, by chance, once again...we were hanging out in recording studios my brother and I, so you're bound to meet people...we were at the right place, at the right time, and when the opportunity came we were ready...I mean we were hungry and always working on our skills, and when we were asked to compose our first film score ever (EDEN LOG by Franck Vestiel), we didn't even blink...we said yeah sure we'll do it...we were scared shitless haha...a few years later, when we won the 'best music award' at Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, we couldn't believe this was actually happening...it's a lot, A LOT of hard work and sleepless nights though...I've learned how to properly mix a track by necessity, although I was drawn to it...But you know, we always thought, ok we can do this, it'll be hard but we can do it...and we'll learn in the process...never stop learning...that's the spirit...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: It's been said my style is cinematic and angular whatever that means haha
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The Beatles during the recording of Sgt Pepper...just making tea and watch silently would be enough for a lifetime.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overdo it.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Easy to work with...good listener...not afraid to make decisions.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anybody with a fresh approach and people who make music from the heart really...There's so much music nowadays...I try to learn from any situation and from all generations of musicians and producers...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I've composed a few film scores in the genre known as the 'new wave of french horror' (i.e.: MARTYRS by Pascal Laugier)...that lasted for a few fun years ! Until the genre kind of dried up... Nowadays I tend to do more production work for independent artists, and that includes some arranging, performing, mixing... I also record vocals and do some additional programming for TV / documentary composers.