Composer and sound designer for film music with a decade of experience in music production for media. I operate a studio based in West London from where I can professionally offer a wide range of music from orchestral to pop and electronic music, but also take care of post production needs and the creation of sound effects and foley.
Composer and sound designer for film music with a decade of experience in music production for media.
Proficient in foley and sound design as well and mixing and mastering for both commercial projects and music for media. As a film composer I have worked with international filmmakers like João Pedro Pinto (Sixteen by Nine), David and Rut García (Gorten Miller, Tetas, La Llave Maestra) and production companies like MAMMUT and Fopiani Films.
I operate a studio based in West London from where I can professionally offer a wide range of music from orchestral to pop and electronic music, but also take care of post production needs and the creation of sound effects and foley for media projects.
You may find my portfolio and details on my work and academic experience in my website www.fgimeno.com
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Interview with Fernando Gimeno
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always try to communicate your needs as thoroughly as you can.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I´m currently working on a musical that is testing all my skills as a composer but also as a lyricist and songwritter.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Composing songs for a film musical based on sketches taking place on a famous Bra Store.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. They are not exclusive, they achieve different goals.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That´ll always do my best.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The rush of getting a new project, the flow of a new set of ideas coming.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you do it for less money? Probably, but it will sound worse.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That film music is part of the postproduction process.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your musical needs?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Dt990 cans, Fireface RME, a sm58 and a guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I´ve been doing it for 10 years in Spain, now I have recently moved to London for a MMus in Composition for Film an TV
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A blend of orchestral and jazz influences.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jonny Greenwood
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mid and Sides eq is the key to a greater stereo spectrum.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Soundtrack music, that involves anything from orchestal to pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Composition for picture, which requires team work based skills and a level of empathy not easily found in this industry.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My own flare, which I can describe as a mix of orchestral and jazz influences.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on the job. If its a media project like a short movie that needs sound effects and music, I´ll try to work as closely to the production and film team as possible, and then create a few sketches to be approved and let it grow from there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Everything is connected to my RME Fireface, I use a Studiologic for midi controlling, Dynaudio BM5s for monitoring, I have an ever growing collection of synths (Moog, Dave Smith) and modular synths for sound design (Erica Synths, TipTop, Xaoc), I use Blue, Oktava and Shures as my recording mics.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I´m endlessly inspired by the works of Jonny Greenwood and people that come to film composing from already established music careers like Mick Gordon, Philip Glass, etc
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Composition for media, specially short film and sound design.