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
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
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.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Lea Cappelli (L'freaq)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
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.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
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.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I can explore sound like a day at the aquarium.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q. How do I get a sync? A. It's an industry of relationships and making music that fits.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm not telepathic. Unfortunately...
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What PRO are you signed up with and who is in your network.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always be mindful of at least one thing you want and one thing you don't.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
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).
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I fell into a bit like Wonderland. I've been making music professionally since 2004.
Q: How would you describe your style?
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.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Aurora. Who wouldn't!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Dark melodic pop, new-wave, ambient chill, downtempo, singer-songwriter, pop, rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My wicked imagination.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'm not sure I have one?
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Brian Eno... I'm sure I have a list somewhere.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music for sync.