With over thirty #1 hit songs, Rafelson has a long list of continued successes. Accute understanding of the entire business from development to retail makes him ideal for delivering not just great songs, excellent sounding mixes, but the best work and services for the current record industry market.
Peter started as a writer and musician, working on such music greats as Jackson Browne and Elton John. Peter has written and produced many successful songs, with 300 million records sold, including the # 1 hit "Open Your Heart" for Madonna (29 million), as well as top10 singles for Stevie Nicks, Jane Wiedlin of The GoGo's and Britney Spears. In addition to scoring and composing on film and TV shows, Peter directs music videos and theater in the West End of London, writing and directing "VOYEURZ.” Peter also produces and consults for technology/media company clients, such as Microsoft, Apple, Toshiba and Compaq. Peter co-produced "Dreams", an International #1 hit, by The Corrs on Fleetwood Mac's "Legacy" tribute album and on The Corrs album, "Talk on Corners". The UK release was the most successful album of the year outside the US, as it remained in the UK top five for over ten months and sold over 12 million records. Staff producer for 2K/Virgin Records, an EMI record label,Lady GaGa, Pink, Jason Derulo, Robin Thicke, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Daughtry, Beyoncé and Will.I.Am have all finished mixing their albums at RMC Studios. #1 singles and many top-tens in Billboard Magazine, including Erika Jayne's debut album, "PRETTY MESS" (six #1's). Lady GaGa, Pink, Jason Derulo, Robin Thicke, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Daughtry, Beyoncé and Will.I.Am all mixed at RMC Studios.
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Interview with Peter Rafelson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have a new artist Julia Marie - amaze: https://digiramp.com/users/julia-marie/cms_pages/5
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Tech platform to save the music industry: www.digiramp.com , label and pub biz dev services, writing and producing established and new artists, see: www.peterrafelson.com for more
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Neither - hits have no label.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To be accountable and never settle for less than excellence.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Meeting amazing people, traveling the world and creating happiness by helping others to be the best they can be.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q; Can you make me a star? A: Only if you already will become one. You must be prepared to do whatever it takes - and I mean whatever...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's not the music - it's what you do with it...
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Always ask why, not what: If they cannot answer, they do not understand the actual goal. How does every single step lead to sustainable success?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Meet face to face, vet, get references - then legal paperwork.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, USB controller, hotspot, solar generator, and 5000 TB's of water-proof redundant backup storage!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I like to stay in the top-10 every single year and have done so for 25 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am a pop-whore who knows how to disguise hit songs as cool music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Having worked with so many greats, I aim for originality and skilled people - not just big names.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Think like an audience, not an engineer.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I strive to constantly learn and therefore, enjoy almost every genre - as long as I can make great history in the process.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: knowing what to do with music when it is finished.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Acute understand of a clear message and affect - start from the end and work backwards. Culture, market, and emotional reach.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Always starts by intimately understanding the client or artist's goals and needs - then execution delivering results.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 14 Studios ranging from best mix room in LA to small production suites: www.rmcstudiogroup.com
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Pioneers - young & old - who keep pushing their limit and making strides.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Writing, producing, career development - making #1 hits.