Scott Mitchell

Composer, Producer, Engineer

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Passion is what drives us, mine is the universal language of music.

A life-long multi-instrumentalist bringing life to your project with my greatest passion. Composition for film, tv, commercial work. Producer for artists, as well as mixing and mastering services. Most audio work? I have you covered.

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Interview with Scott Mitchell

  1. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  2. A: I would have to say that most people don't realize the vital role the right music with the right production plays.

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: This is a multi-part answer....I knew I wanted to have music as my career when I was six, and told my parents I wanted to be a "singing paleontologist". The dinosaur part faded but not the music. I started with piano shortly after, and kept adding instruments. Up until 2012, my goal was the artist side with all the usual pieces that come with it. In 2012, I composed for my first film, and fell in love with the process. My career goals then shifted course. Through pursuing film scores, I discovered production music. This quickly became my favorite: consistent work and demand, the most creative freedom and all sorts of genres needed. A couple years ago, I decided to expand with my production skills and began to produce other artists as well.

  5. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  6. A: I would have to say that I'm most proud of a lot of my music for one of the libraries I compose for, "DOCUscores". These guys really help push me to better myself as a composer and producer, and some of my favorite work was for them as a result. I try to grow from every project I do, as stagnancy is not an option for me.

  7. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  8. A: I have my usual good amount of production music pieces in the queue, and am about to begin scoring an Indie Medieval film. A number of other projects are in the works too!

  9. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  10. A: Masha Alexis is actually the friend who suggested this site to me. I would absolutely recommend working with her! I had the pleasure of mixing and mastering a single for her last year. She is a super talented pianist, vocalist, songwriter and an all around amazing person both to work with and as a friend.

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: Oh man, with a hybrid setup this is a tough question to answer. I like to take advantage of both, depending on the sound I need.

  13. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  14. A: We will work together to meet and exceed your goals.

  15. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  16. A: Music is my greatest passion and I get to do it for a living, what's not to love? Invoking emotion through my work is such a rewarding feeling.

  17. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  18. A: "Can you do something that sounds like this?...." and my answer is yes. I aim to capture what they are going for, but put my own unique flair on things to give them a truly special piece that still stands out as an original.

  19. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  20. A: I like to go over the project first, and get a good idea of what it needs. I've found that letting someone describe their project in detail really reveals their passion and vision for it. I also like to know an estimate of how much music is needed (for audio/visual projects), turnaround time, and some references that portray what they need. Of course, at some point budget and price also comes into play.

  21. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  22. A: I would say it definitely benefits to explore for the right fit for your specific project you are inquiring about. Find someone with the strengths you need and run with it!

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: My computer, UAD Apollo 8, Komplete Kontrol S88 keyboard, Martin D16 acoustic guitar, Aston Spirit Mic.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Epic, intense and emotional with an underlying softer side.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Oh there are so many, but let's definitely start with the three I mentioned above as inspirations! The methods, energy, production, arranging/songwriting, and so on are all so impactful. I would love to get down to the nitty gritty details with all of them, observe their process and discuss it.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Production quality helps convey the emotion and image you are trying to get across (not a detail we like to admit as musicians, I know). A high production quality is vital in conveying your message!

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: A lot of my work is orchestral hybrid or crime-style industrial. Though I branch out to many genres.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I would say composition and arranging are my strongest skills.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Emotion and an intensity that words simply can't do justice. When I work on a project, you don't just get someone who does their job. I'm emotionally invested in seeing anything I work on be the best it can be!

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: First, I like to envision my goal for any given piece. What am I feeling? Where do I want it to go? Which elements would help get me there? Then, I will often come up with ideas in my head and jot them down once I get a solid one. Sometimes, I'll come across a noise that inspires an entirely new set of ideas.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Operating in Logic Pro X on a new custom-built Mac Pro, UAD Apollo 8 interface, UAD 4-710d preamp, Miktek MPA 201 preamp, in a treated room ideal for both mixing and instrument tracking.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Trent Reznor is my biggest inspiration, Audiomachine and Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) are huge inspirations as well.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Production music and score to picture are a main focus, but I produce artists and compose for commercial work as well.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Junkie XL
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Audiomachine
Gear Highlights
  • Custom built Mac Pro
  • UAD 4-710d
  • Focal Monitors and headphones
  • UAD Apollo 8
  • Logic Pro X
  • 26 Instruments
  • Adam Monitors
  • Miktek Preamp
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