Gilles van Wees

Pop & Indie - Music Producer

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Gilles is a musician, composer, mix engineer and music producer from Utrecht (The Netherlands). He is a multi instrumentalist and mainly works as a producer. His style varies between lo-fi bedroom pop, hip-hop beats and indie-pop music. Generally with an electronic edge.

My name is Gilles van Wees and I love making records, doesn’t matter what my role in the process is. I like to write songs, produce and play my instruments as member of the band Banji. When I’m working in a studio I look at the studio as a playground full of musical instruments, similar to a child in a playground. It really excites me to use all the possibilities a studio offers such as various instruments and the whole recording equipment. I try to get the best out of every song and create a specific sound with elements that fits the song. Music, lyrics and the production should be coherent to create the right experience for the listener.

I studied at the Herman Brood Academy where I improved myself as a guitarist, composer and performing artist in various bands. After I got my bachelor of pop music I decided to study at the Abbey Road Institute in Amsterdam where I improved myself and qualified as a music producer and sound engineer.

My specialty is playing multiple instruments, working as a composer and being a music producer for myself and for other artists. Next to that I make my own audio mixes and masters. Don’t hesitate to contact me for any music related collaboration!

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  1. Review by Kiko Mori
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    Working with Gilles is always a pleasure. His knowledge in music production and his ability to play multiple instruments is what gets him ahead from other producers and musicians. Besides that, he has an exclusive taste and the ability to make fresh sounding beats and compositions, with a very characteristic, sweet and vibrant sound. He's also communicative and easy to talk to. Recommend him 100%

Interview with Gilles van Wees

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

  2. A: Currently, I’m doing production and mixing for a new upcoming Dutch artist. He’s a solo artist from The Hague, working on his first EP. He is writing the songs, and I’m producing, recording, mixing, basically pushing it to the next level. I’m thrilled that I can do this, like the production and mixing, because that’s what I’ve learned the last years during my time at Abbey Road Institute. Due to Covid, I got time on my hands. So, I also made a mixtape for myself with instrumental beats and tracks. I got inspired by producers that do everything themselves, from production to mixing and creating their own tapes. I mean, you can make super interesting music without having too much focus. It started as a fun project and something I wanted to learn from. I think I will release it at a certain point. Next to that I'm a member of the band Banji. Banji is one of the fast-rising bands in the Dutch music scene, with the potential to cross borders. We describe our music as Hyperactive Indie, with strong influences from Hip Hop and our releases have been featured numerous times in the Dutch media and and we have daily airplay on Dutch radio. We also have played at Eurosonic Noorderslag, a big showcase festival in Europe. We are currently finishing our debut album.

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

  4. A: Lo-fi bedroom pop, hip hop beats, indie pop with an electronic edge.

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

  6. A: I work as a producer and composer for most of my clients. My most common styles are: lo-fi bedroom pop, hip hop beats, indie pop with an electronic edge. I always make a complete audio mix and master of my tracks.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: I get inspiration from a lot of music, I love the energy of a guitar band but also music that brings a chill mood with it. I would describe my style as bedroom pop with an energetic edge, fresh hiphop beats and a spatial production and mix.

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

  10. A: My Macbook with Logic Pro X, my Fender Jazzmaster, an audio-interface, Shure SM7B and my Spotify premium account to discover new music and get inspiration from it.

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

  12. A: I would like to make a beat with Mura Masa one day, mainly to learn a lot from it. I always think his productions and songwriting sound so outspoken and fresh. He mixes up all the styles and makes sure it always has the Mura Masa sound.

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

  14. A: I think it is important that the songwriting, production (sounds, extra layers, beats/rhythm, effects etc) and audio mix have a link with each other to achieve the best end result.

  15. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  16. A: I like working digitally because of my workflow but adding warmth through analog instruments. I work a lot on my Macbook in my favorite daw Logic Pro X. On my Macbook I have my favorite digital synths and digital plugins such as the bundle from Sound Toys and several plugins from Plugin Alliance. I do think a combination between digital a analog is important and that's why I use electric guitars (amplified where necessary) and analog keyboards in my productions to bring some warmth into my productions.

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

  18. A: I like the challenge of turning a demo into a professional track. And to enlarge and give a place to all the great ideas of an artist. I try to get the best out of every song and create a specific sound with elements that fits the song. Some songs need some new parts, other songs need to be stripped down of certain elements because the core of the song is already great. In other songs you need to replace sounds and parts to create new fresh elements in the song. Music, lyrics and the production should be coherent to create the right experience for the listener.

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

  20. A: In case I produce someone's song I always want to know what the song is about, where the artist gets inspiration from and if the artist has any ideas for the production. This gives me a good idea of ​​the artist and I can adjust my ideas accordingly.

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

  22. A: I started making music at a young age and in high school have always played in bands as a guitarist. After high school I studied guitar at a pop academy (Herman Brood Academy) in the Netherlands. During this study I developed an interest in music production and recording. After my bachelor pop music started at the Abbey Road Institute where I qualified myself as a music producer and sound engineer.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: I like to make e a pleasant working atmosphere for me and my client. This often results in a good start to the collaboration. I always make sure that my client and I are on the same page so that we have the best end result. In addition, I try to make many recognizable parts and fresh sounds in my productions to create enough recognition. This should always match the demo or song. I always try to enlarge the demo or the song but keep the same core.

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

  26. A: I always try to see what kind of instruments, type of part or sound the song needs best. Because I master several instruments, I have the opportunity to use them. Such as: guitar, bass, different synths and drums.

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

  28. A: I always try to have a nice working atmosphere with my client in which everyone can give their creative ideas a place. When my client has a briefing, I start working on it, but sometimes I also pitch an idea that I think fits well with the job. Usually I compose and produce at the same time, I try to create many recognizable elements that grab the listener's attention. In addition, I always find it important that the composition, sounds, final production and audio mix should be cohort to create a pleasant experience.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: I have a studio in Utrecht where I work. I have tried to create a creative space with enough diverse instruments to draw inspiration from. I have a few vintage Yamaha keyboards, Fender guitars and various pedals. In addition, I also use Logic Pro X as an instrument in which I make a lot of sounds and for that I use various plugins. The Soundtoys bundle is a pack I can't live without.

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

  32. A: My inspiration comes from artists such as: Mura Masa, Still Woozy and Vegyn. I like lofi productions with catchy melodies mixed in a spatial way.

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  • Fender Stratocaster / Jazzmaster | Epiphone Les Paul | Midi Keyboard | Arturia Software Instruments | Logic Pro X | Soundtoys | Waves Audio | Plugins Alliance | Fabfilter | U-he | HS Pedals Colour Box V2 | SM7B & SM57
  • AKG C214 | Yamaha HS5
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