Rie Sinclair

Songwriter, Producer

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Emmy-Nominated Songwriter and Producer, Rie Sinclair has seen thousands of syncs in TV/Film. Montages for Primetime, end credits and mini-themes + Source for Daytime. Currently in England after 15 years in LA.

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Interview with Rie Sinclair

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I really loved building the production for Mysterium. But I am quite proud of everything I've worked on for sync (please see IMDb): https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6820570/?ref_=fn_al_nm_2

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

  4. A: I'm writing, recording and producing ethereal package of material for ABC/Fox. I'm producing a single for an artist. And always collecting artists under my publishing for a TV show on CBS.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Lea Cappelli (L'freaq)

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. Record it in at quality with tone, light EQ and FX. Mix down and boost to level. Stereo out for final mix down processing.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I don't believe in promises. I express what I can and won't do. Follow through is crucial to this industry and I'm obsessed with closure so that's easy for me.

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

  12. A: That I can explore sound like a day at the aquarium.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Q. How do I get a sync? A. It's an industry of relationships and making music that fits.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: I'm not telepathic. Unfortunately...

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

  18. A: What PRO are you signed up with and who is in your network.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Always be mindful of at least one thing you want and one thing you don't.

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

  22. A: A small guitar with magical strings that never age. A potato plantation to power a recording device. Two microphones - one for the water. A celeste (because why not). And something ridiculous to modulate and delay all sounds (also powered by my potatoes).

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

  24. A: I fell into a bit like Wonderland. I've been making music professionally since 2004.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: My personal art is a bit of dark melodic pop. However, the music I create for TV spans a range of eclectic, ethereal ambient to singer-songwriter to pop.

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

  28. A: Aurora. Who wouldn't!

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

  30. A: Maybe.

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

  32. A: Dark melodic pop, new-wave, ambient chill, downtempo, singer-songwriter, pop, rock.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: My wicked imagination.

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

  36. A: If it's a co-write, the arrangement, the overlooked details, the sub-conscious elements, the poetic bit that says what needs to be said without saying it. I write songs top down: intro to exit, melody and lyrics.

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

  38. A: I'm not sure I have one?

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a few pedal boards, some nice mics, some outboard pre's and compressors (Neve, SSL, Electrodyne, Tonelux), an Apollo Twin, a few Macs. I work in Ableton Live and Pro Tools.

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

  42. A: Brian Eno... I'm sure I have a list somewhere.

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

  44. A: Music for sync.

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