Music producer, writer, mixer and musician. 10 years in audio. Various works including metal through to acoustic.
I am an experienced audio engineer capable of creating music from the initial song through to the final master, every step of the way. I can lend my musical skills (guitar, bass, vocals, drums, keyboard) as well as my audio skills to make a commercially releasable product for anyone. I have worked with major label artists with tight deadlines, through to casual hobbyist who want to take their time honing their craft along with me.
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Interview with Matt Heap - Suff Studio
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording and mixing indie rock bands, building tracks from the ground up.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Producers - Joe Chiccarelli, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Eric Valentine, Mixers - Spike Stent, Chris Lorde Alge, Tchad Blake Artists - Radiohead, Sigur Ros, My Bloody Valentine, The Beatles, The 1975, Oasis, The Cure
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Spacious live room and control room, nice collections of instrumants, pedal, microphones, etc.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Totally varies from project to project but I do whatever will provide the artist with the best outcome, and whatever suits their sound.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I excel at ironing out any creases in the song to make it tighter and more professional sounding. Artists usually appreciate my ideas for extra layers to turn their basic songs into fuller productions.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My attention to detail.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie rock, but have worked in many genres.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get the parts tight, even if it means taking it note by note.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The Cure. Because they're absolute legends with the most beautiful sounding records.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Punchy drums, layered guitars, vocal harmonies... usually.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I opened my first studio 10 years ago, a box room under a hairdressers, just I could take the 'learn as you do' approach. The more I made records the better I got but I also studied other peoples work and methods to constantly improve.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender strat, Midi keyboard, Computer loaded with lots of software instruments and plugins, a Shure SM7B and an interface.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a proper conversation with them rather than just a quick price enquiry.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How much involvement do you want from me - right from the writing process, just mixing etc? What are you influences, what records do you like the sound of?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That a track takes an hour to make and costs £20.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: 'How much?' - It totally varies from project to project.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting 'in the zone' - totally lost in the music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll keep going till your happy.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital - because it's quick and easy to recall, so in turn costs less.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new here.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Alongside other clients I'm currently producing my own album. An indie-pop / electronica project.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Producing a record for Luke Rainsford. He's gone on to do some cool stuff off the back of it... like touring Canada!