With recent credits being featured on BBC Radio One, Beats One, and a whole host of Spotify and Apple Music playlists, I can take your music from fledgling ideas to a radio-ready production. I will make sure you feel creatively fulfilled and confident about promoting it to your fans, pluggers, bloggers and more in the industry.
I'm Andy Bell, a record producer and mixer from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
I have a multi-room facility with great flexibility to meet your needs, whether it is a full production with outside musicians, or mixing and mastering. With a whole host of interesting analogue equipment, and quick in-the-box plugins,I can take your music into a final, ready to pitch master and help you with the writing process if needed.
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Fab producer and mixer! Pays close attention to detail and gets a real sense of who you are as an artist to fine tune your sound. A real collaborative and professional feel when working with Andy.
Andy is professional, dedicated, and extremely good at what he does. It's a great feeling to know the studio is in the hands of an experienced engineer who really cares about our customer and equipment. More importantly, the work he delivers is always to the highest standard; he's a pleasure to work with, and his flexibility, knowledge and hunger to succeed impresses me every time I work with him.
Great engineer and producer! Felt really comfortable in the room, and the direction he gave for recording helped improve the performance as well as the flawless mix of the song in the end.
Goes above and beyond to fit your expectations. Great mixing quality, great production and great chat to go along with it. If you want someone to work with in a studio or on a musical project then look no further.
Interview with Andy Bell
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently helped produce, engineer and mastered Trunky Juno's first EP. While not yet a household name, he has received critical acclaim and has since featured in a tonne of high profile Spotify playlists, as well as being heard on Beats One and BBC Radio One. It is great to see artists start their journey with my help.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently finishing off pop productions & mixes for a band just starting on their journey. It's an interesting mix of mainstream pop, with 80s New Romantic style instrumentation.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am not yet fully acquainted with those on SoundBetter yet, but am sure there are piles upon piles of talented individuals to choose from. I've heard Dave Way is on here - he's someone I've always admired!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, I quite often track only with analogue equipment, and mix in the box, or in a hybrid situation. I'm used to using analog elements on my mix buss, and believe this delivers a better sounding product, that more closely resembles a record.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will give them a product that they are happy to pitch to radio, streaming platforms and more, that fulfils their creative desires and is something they will be proud of, and meets my own demands for excellence.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love seeing the artist's reaction to their music, hearing it in a place they didn't expect it to be, blown away by how good it sounds. I love seeing the song do well on streaming platforms!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: In remote work, a lot of clients are unsure and want to know how this will pan out in a satisfying way. Often I get asked on how to release songs in today's industry and how to 'make it' - I have a bunch of documents and help I can give in these situations.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy, and anyone with basic gear can do it. They're not wrong, but they're not right either. The client is paying for expertise, taste, compatibility. There will be moments where it is plan sailing, but also moments where we want to tear our hair out. The client is relying on the experience of the producer to guide them into the right area. Experience dictates taste, and the collection of sounds and instruments a producer had differentiates us from one another.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are some targets and artists they'd like their music to remind them of? I usually get a good idea off of this, and then can push and pull with their references as the song develops.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure we have good communication!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Probably just an acoustic guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been self-producing for about 10 years and working in studios for around 5. I've been playing instruments for as long as I can remember. After graduating with a Masters degree in composition, I continued to write, and find other artists to work with. It has been my only hustle, but I couldn't imagine another way of living.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Nuanced and polished.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Olafur Arnalds. His music set me on my compositional path, fusing a blend of genres but retaining a sense of authenticity. His ability to experiment and create a sound-world is second to none.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It doesn't matter how complicated the music is, as long as it moves people.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Having experience of writing to brief and working with a multitude of artists, I can work on all sorts of music, but love to work in the 'Indie' world. I find it to be creatively rewarding.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Distilling the song to its essential idea, while also bringing out as much energy & nuance from all tracks.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a sense of form and structure to the music. In a wider sense, I can really bring out the arc of the track and make sure it delivers an emotional impact. On a smaller scale, my attention to detail means everything in the song will have its own place.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I generally work fast and intuitively. I will liaise with the client to find out their needs. If I'm working on a production, I will likely receive a demo and a vocal with some basic tracks to fill out. I will then provide a rough structure and instrumentation for approval, and work until we finish. If mixing, it is largely the same. I will receive the tracks, I will check to make sure everything is there and that there are no issues. I send multiple versions to ensure I'm on the right track. After this is approved, the artist has the opportunity to have three further revisions included in their original fee.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a multi-room facility that enables to have large amounts of flexibility in my workflow & creative endeavours. There are two rooms, one more traditional space, with a 24 channel SSL AWS console, various pieces of outboard and a lovely live room. The second room is more of a mixing & mastering space, with more boutique outboard. It can double as a sort of bedroom or project studio with access to a huge array of synths and more. Everything I'd ever need is at my fingertips. We have a tonne of guitars, pedals, synthesizers, drums, as well as a few tid-bits, all vintage or new, to choose from, allowing a wide variety of sounds to be created.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love Shawn Everett because of his ingenuity and willingness to experiment and present seemingly ubiquitous sounds in novel and exciting ways. I also admire Philippe Zdar, Michael Brauer, Tchad Blake, Greg Wells and many more for similar reasons - I love their approaches to mixing and how they think what a song should be. Musically, I enjoy all sorts in the 'indie' realm, whether it be Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm, to Phoenix or Catfish & The Bottlemen.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I will take your music to the next level. This may be through adding instruments to a vocal, writing arrangements to songs, or mixing and/or mastering your music.