Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My recently released album
it's a good overview of my studio sound, my production and playing
What are you working on at the moment?
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
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I don't know, I have just joined
Analog or digital and why?
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.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
This won't be your average experience, and there is no hurry.
What do you like most about your job?
I am master of my own destiny
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
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
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
It depends who you ask
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Can I hear what you've got please?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
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
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
How would you describe your style?
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.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.....
Can you share one music production tip?
If you don't like the music you won't do your best work.
What type of music do you usually work on?
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.
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
Lots of experience, an extremely broad musical palette and hopefully some musical skill.
What's your typical work process?
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.
Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren, Charles Mingus, Lowell George, Erykah Badu, J Dilla
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.