I produce, write and record in Sussex, England. I have a 2 room studio (live and mixing) in a very comfortable house with an ultra convivial musical atmosphere. I have 20 years of experience, nowadays I am most interested in taking time over good music and enjoying the recording/writing process. If we have fun it will be good.
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I am interested in working with original artists from certain musical directions....soul, blues, jazz, rock, country, psychedelia and prog. I have been a working musician since the late 90s, the money i have made to set myself up as an independent musician came from soundtrack and education. I am interested in collaborating with and producing talented, friendly musicians, I want to enjoy the process of creation, as opposed to doing anything just for money (I have done plenty of that and don't need to anymore). I only want to work on projects I like. I think that means I will do the best job I can.
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Interview with Rupert Latimer
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: In the past I have done anything that pays in the field of Soundtrack, from EDM and Drum and Bass to Classical, Rock and Children's music. I can afford to be more choosy now as a producer and a writer. I prefer what I guess would be best described as 'retro' music.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren, Charles Mingus, Lowell George, Erykah Badu, J Dilla
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Two rooms from a converted kitchen, 1 sound proofed, the other treated. It is the back of my house so the whole atmosphere is relaxed and convivial, a house full of music. A good atmosphere is a creative one. I will also use a Joe Meek approach and record in different areas for different ambience.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Relax at my place, a positive atmosphere is vital. Eat well, set up well, then go with the flow. If I am working remotely it is different. I have often worked for advertising and design agencies, so I am used to deadlines and I won't start without a detailed client spec.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Lots of experience, an extremely broad musical palette and hopefully some musical skill.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have worked on virtually every style, but nowadays I am only interested in certain directions. As a producer and collaborator, I prefer original composition, preferably (but not exclusively) real instruments, no autotune, analog where possible, artists interested in good music first not fame for the sake of it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you don't like the music you won't do your best work.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Of all time, Gil Evans, my favourite arranger. From current artists, Hiatus Kaiyote, very cool soul crossover, still growing, I'd like to change a few small things.....
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Open minded, I don't like to interfere too much as a producer, I do like to have a major role as a co-writer.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 20 years. I have made a living from a combination of soundtrack writing, computer music skills and running university degrees. I am now in the fortunate position of being master of my own destiny. I only want to work with talented, friendly people who have similar taste to mine.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A solar powered generator, a computer, good speakers, a good multi pattern mic, a good sound card with nice pre's.....5 doesn't go very far
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Can I hear what you've got please?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am master of my own destiny
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: This won't be your average experience, and there is no hurry.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog for guitars (I am a guitar person) in particular, but I remember reel to reel, so the digital age of Logic and Pro Tools is wonderful. Both for drums, depending on the music, the same for bass. I think plugins are catching hardware very quickly from a mixing perspective.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't know, I have just joined
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My recently released album https://socialskills.bandcamp.com/ it's a good overview of my studio sound, my production and playing
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Recording a Psychedelic Pop artist from London, working for a London design agency on a voice over/soundtrack job for a well known food chain, working with an EDM producer in Ibiza, making video's for my recent album, recording a local country rock band
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you want to work with someone like me you have to be in it for the music first, and for the time we have making it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It depends who you ask
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q. How much will it cost? A. It depends on what you have and whether i like you. I will work for percentage only if it looks like fun