I am a full-time musician, producer & multi-instrumentalist. I'm writing, producing & performing with different artist in the international funk & soul scene. I toured & released music with many bands like Laura Vane & the Vipertones, The Soul Snatchers, Martin & Garp & The Jazzinvaders. Recorded with artist like Azymuth & Dr Lonnie Smith.
I can offer my production skills who are rooted in vintage sounding production. I use vintage instruments combined with modern recording technology. I am able to engage in co-writing, arranging and recording in many genres. I can remotely record tracks for any production. Rhythm and grooves are my specialty. I am a professional drummer and percussionist but also got the skills for some key and bass recording. My studio is packed with vintage instruments like Ludwig drums, vintage keys like rhodes, wurlitzer, hammond, clarinet, synths & grand piano. I have a large network of studio musicians to help out. I can score horn parts and track a horn section with some of the best players from The Netherlands. It would be a honor to bring my skills on your productions.
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Interview with Phil Martin
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Martin & Garp. I wrote the songs, played drums, arrange and produced it.Immade an album with hammond guru Dr Lonnie Smith and the brazilian band Azymuth.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: New albums of Sunset Ave, Jared Grant, Joel Sarakula, The Jazzinvaders
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Joel Sarakula
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analoog for the flavour, digital to make things easy.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We both do the best we can
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you do it cheaper ? My answer is: I am cheap...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I have a lot drumsamples and percussionloops...no I am a drummer. I don’t need drumsamples ...
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is their coal ? Can I be of any help ? Do we have the same passion about music ? Why are making music ?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be serious about your music, but make fun.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Apple Logic, midi keyboard, soundcard, a good micrphone and a guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: More then 30 years. Did conservatory for classical and jazz percussion. Played in many bands. Toured through Europe and Japan. Released more then 30 records I played on and produced.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Funky, lively, groovy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Paul McCartney. No need to explain.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure your vocals is outstanding and lively in the mix. First thing people listen to.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Soul, Funk, Afro, Samba, soft rock,Yachtrock, pop, 60’s sound, 70’s sound, 80’s sound.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Rhythm. Groove. Make sure the fundament is tight.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Can be co writing especially in the music, not so much in words. A good arrangement and a good production and mix.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Start with a demo to get the song in shape and then start tracking the parts.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Logic. Have a SSL Matrix desk and PMC monitors. I record with lots of different mics and pre amps like Daking, SSL, API. Mics like U87, M160, Lewitt, Shure, Sennheiser, AEA etc. I have 7 diffrent drums sets by Ludwig and Premier. About 10 different snares. Hammond M3, Rhodes, wurlitzer, clavinet, grand piano. Fender amps, fender guitars and bass. Gibson, Martin, Danelectro, Rickbacker ....to much ?!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: It all started with The Beatles of course. I always have been interested in production. I love producers like Dangermouse, Mitchell Froom, Chad Blake, Daniel Lanois.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do full productions of songs. Somebody comes up with a song and together we arrange it. I can demo stuff first with some midi instruments, but I love to get real instruments in soon. Almost 100% of my productions are real instruments. I get musicians in to play on the tracks where needed or I can’t do it myself. Most of the time I will put the drums down myself.