I'm a young, inspired producer from London. I have the vision to instinctively know what any song requires and offer innovative ideas whilst respecting your artistic vision.
Working from my studio facility in north London, the scope of projects I have been a part of have refined my playing and production skills, allowing me to work within a range of genres, specifically acoustic - singer/ songwriter, folk and pop. In 2020 I graduated from the renowned London music institute, ICMP and am eager to help you bring your songs to life.
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Interview with WillTurnerBass
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do I cost? It's a necessary question and it depends on how long the project will take, any personal costs I will face (i.e. hiring session musicians) and generally how challenging the job will be.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working with a British singer-songwriter, YouTuber and busker on her upcoming release.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Paul Stanborough
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Honestly, digital. It's so accessible and easy these days and you can achieve polished, full productions, all from one laptop.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to keep the clients artistic identity at the forefront of everything I do.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being creative! Theres nothing more satisfying than taking songs from demos to full, polished productions that artists can be truly proud of.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Again, reference tracks! I also ask how much they can record from home, whether they need to hire a studio or if the whole thing can be done at home over email.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Bring some well thought out references for your tracks. Have a clear artistic identity and be able to sum this up in a sentence or two. This makes a producers work much easier and will result in better productions for you.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Thats difficult! Obviously an acoustic guitar. My laptop, some decent speakers, a bass and a microphone. Call me a traditionalist but thats all I need to make great productions.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Production became a career prospect in my first year at the London music institute, ICMP where I studied songwriting. My production tutor Paul Stanborough (Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner) instilled in me the power of creativity and his techniques have taught me to leave my stamp on everything I work on while respecting and bringing out the creative identity of artists.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Brian Fallon (of The Gaslight Anthem) His blend of uptempo heartland rock and folk are exciting and inspiring and I'd love to make my mark on the world of folk-rock.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Found sounds! Why stop at kick drum sample? Go outside and record yourself kicking your wheelie bin or slamming a door and blend those sounds in to create your very own, unique kick!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Acoustic - singer/ songwriter, folk, pop
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As a songwriter, I will create further interest in productions by implementing melodic and rhythmic hooks to draw listeners in and keep them engaged.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will usually begin by requesting a demo of the song(s) (depending on the artist this can include key production elements or just a simple acoustic performance) and a list of at least three reference tracks to give me an idea of what the artist wants their work to sound like. From there I will experiment with various ideas, often instinctively gravitating towards certain instruments and effects and get back to the artist with a first draft within a few days. After receiving feedback, I will continue working on the song(s), adjusting them appropriately and this process will continue until the artist is happy and confident with the result.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a quaint, un-presuming setup consisting of laptop (running Logic Pro X), Preonus speakers, Røde microphone, Roland A-30, and various guitars, basses and amps. I also use Native Instruments Komplete and Kontact.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: To keep it brief, I admire the simplicity and "liveness" of Tristan Ivemy productions (particularly his work with folk artist Frank Turner) but I also love the rich detail and layered production style of Finneas.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I take demos of vocals and whatever instrumentation artists want to play themselves and turn them into full productions, adding detail and finesse to create memorable sounding tracks.