Rich is a Music Producer, Songwriter, Mixer & Remixer with releases on Warner, Universal, Ultra (Sony), Armada and other labels. His music has garnered over 25 million streams to date and he's won international songwriting competitions, specializing in Pop & EDM, but works in all genres. Sign up to my newsletter via my website richpilkington.com
Rich is a Music Producer and Songwriter. Having worked in the industry for 10+ years he's collaborated with major label artists on Sony, Warner and Universal. Songs he's written or produced have amassed over 25 million plays on streaming platforms.
Rich has won an international songwriting competition, toured arenas internationally as a session drummer and played on radio, television and at festivals, including Glastonbury. He's DJ’ed extensively across London and writes regularly for Warner Chappell Production Music and Universal Production Music. His music has been featured in commercials and on radio worldwide.
Rich has written and produced top lines for DJs Tom Swoon, Swanky Tunes, Vigel, Robert Falcon and Mark with a K on songs released on Ultra Records, Armada and Ace Of Clubs Recordings. These songs reached top ten in the Beatport charts and received support from DJs Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Nicky Romero, Benny Benassi, Blasterjaxx amongst others.
Rich also has his artist project LEØN TARØ of which he releases music with label support.
With Rich's wealth of experience he is capable of taking your song and turning it into a ready, finished commercial product. Working closely and developing artists is a passion of his and being skilled in writing, producing and mixing means he can take your project from a simple raw idea into something ready to release.
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Rich is a great producer.
Rich provided an incredibly valuable one-hour Zoom consultation about my music career. His experience in the industry really shines through, offering me constructive feedback to my situation. He took the time to actively listen and made the conversation easy-going. I recommend Rich for any young producers seeking advice or feedback about their career trajectory.
A real pro and good guy !
Amazing ! A real pro
Awesome producer !
Amazing ! A salways
As a producer, I've recently started working with programmers and sound designers. Rich Pilkington is by far the best I've worked with. He takes direction very well, He's extremely organized and fast. He has total command of a huge selection of tools and libraries. The bottom line is that he's giving me what I need to make my productions really shine, and to give them the contemporary sound of pop music that I was looking for. I highly recommend Rich.
Rich is a crack !
Once again, Rich is really amazing
A pleasure to work with him
Always great working with Rich !
Rich is very talented, professional, and easy to work with! He did a great job mixing my song while adding great-sounding drums to the mix.
As usually, very pro
Working with Rich is always a pleasure and you can always trust his skills
It was a very good experience for me to work with Rich. I really appreciate Rich's musical composition and productivity. Has decided to work with Rich again
Amazing pro! Rich is also very pedagogue
Amazing working with Rich! Super polite and helpful - looking forward to the release, can't wait!
Very interesting to work with Rich, great teacher
Interview with Rich Pilkington
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I co-wrote the topline for 'Warrior' by Robert Falcon and Mark with a K. I recently went to the official music video on YouTube, of which I hadn't looked at in over a year, and discovered it's amassed nearly 11 million views. It's amazing to think that music you've created can be heard by that many people.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A couple of album projects with some great artists, some sync projects for major labels and writing some top lines for some well known artists.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will deliver and keep to my word. As I mentioned earlier communication is key, as is honesty. I will do everything in my power to ensure both you and I are extremely happy with what we create. It's my reputation as much as yours on the line and we'll be sure to create something that's going to keep people interested and listening to the end of the song.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to chose the songs, artists and projects I want to work on. It's very exciting to hear something new and feel super inspired on first listen. I love getting excited by new music!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Some people think high quality production can be produced very quickly. Perfection and quality takes a time. A rushed job will result in a weaker product. Most people think that producers/songwriters charge too much because they think producing/writing music is a quick, easy job.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. What are your goals/ambitions with your music? - This results in us chatting about how we can achieve those goals through the creation of your music. 2. Who are your biggest influences? - right now and that have inspired your journey. 3. Are you ready to work hard?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask lots of questions. Be open and communicative with me. It's a collaborative experience and you're input and feedback is as important as me creating your production. The more communication we have the better the result will be and more you will like the end product. I guarantee it. Communication is key.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Piano/Guitar - to be able to play and write ever day. Apart from one of these it would then be the means to be able to capture and produce - a Macbook Pro, UAD Interface and Microphone (probably a U87).
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I studied Music at Leeds University. After my last exam I didn't hang around and moved the next day to London, knocking on studio doors where I found an internship as an engineer/producer. It's been 10 years since this moment and I've worked my way up and built my experience and set of skills ever since. In this time I've written many songs that have amassed millions of streams and plays, toured internationally and had songs featured in many tv commercials, shows and on the radio.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Modern, fresh, clean and polished.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd have to say two people here. Mark Ronson and Ryan Tedder. Their abilities to work in multiple genres, write, produce and create musical masterpieces is very inspiring.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Harmonies for vocals are the most important layering of any instrument in your arrangement. They carry a large amount of depth, weight and emotion. They can really bring a track to life. However, they don't always need to be a focal point and can be creatively and subtly layered in to add a little spice to a mix.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My three strongest skill sets are songwriting, vocal production and focusing on the groove element of a song (drums and bass). These three areas I have a wealth of experience in and thoroughly enjoy.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Having a background in classical piano, having toured a session drummer and also having DJ'd extensively I bring a range of musical genres to the table. I love Pop and EDM, but I also love string arrangements, layering harmonies, writing bass lines - nothing is impossible in the production and creation process. I work my hardest on every song to bring the best out of it that I can to increase the chance of it being loved by the masses.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It really depends on the project. If I'm working with an artist who brings me a vocal I tend to start by building an instrumental around the vocal. Sometimes this is based on references the artist provides and sometimes I have creative freedom and feed off of how I react emotionally to the vocal. I tend to check in regularly throughout the development of the production to include the artist throughout the process. Along the way I'll also work with the artist suggesting some tweaks to the vocal to enhance the overall songwriting. This isn't always needed but sometimes it is. This involves creating harmony parts, tweaking some of the melody and/or changing some of the lyrics. After this I mix the vocal and the overall track. Each project is completely individual but this is the most successful and common work flow I have working remotely with artists.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have my own studio in Toronto with various keyboards, synths, guitars, microphones etc. I've a dedicated live room and vocal booth for tracking. I work mostly in the box and use a lot of VSTs and digital plugins - mostly UAD. I also have access to outboard gear that I regularly use for recording and mixing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There are far too many artists to mention that have inspired me! But some that have are Calvin Harris, Mark Ronson, Quincy Jones, Kanye West, Zedd, Ian Kirkpatrick and Ryan Tedder.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: With most of the artists I work with I'm involved in production. Some of the artists also want some help with co-writing their songs as well as me producing them. I love working with artists on more than 1 song as it gives us the opportunity to develop a sonic identity and build their brand across a few releases. Working on one song is fun but when you have the ability to grow and develop an artist it's really exciting!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: David Schoenwetter. A great friend, producer, songwriter and a very talented individual. We work together on many projects and if I was unavailable I would recommend him.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Normally Pop and EDM, but I also work in Acoustic songs, with bands, Hip Hop, Rock and Classical music.