I'm a producer, songwriter and mixer. I've worked with Australia's top Pop, RnB, Soul and Hip-Mop musicians to create modern, unique, fulfilling, soulful masterpieces and I just wanna keep on doing it.
I am a solo artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist specialising in composition, mixing and performing. For you I can provide:
- Start to finish production, mixing, recording and mastering.
- Guitar/Bass/Vocals session work.
- Full production of your track from recording to mixing.
- Composition of music and lyrics.
- Mixing/Mastering of pre-recorded tracks.
- Love and affection.
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3 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Samuel G. Dawes
Super flexible, creative and easy to work with!
Sam was amazing! He took the track to a whole different level and gave it a new vibe. He was great to work with, communication was on point and really allowed the creative juices to flow. Thanks Sam. You will definitely be hearing from me again! CC
Sam was amazing to work with. I submitted him a track that was quite all over the place, asked him to clean it up and get the mix to a radio standard. I have a hard time consolidating all my thoughts on message, so sam was more than willing to jump on a zoom call with me and discuss ideas a little further. After all the revisions I requested, he also kept the price reasonable, even though he was in a position to charge a bit more. The track sounds incredible, and he even added his own touches that stayed in the final mix. On top of all this, he's just a nice dude in general. 5/5
Interview with Samuel G. Dawes
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I think one of the releases I'm most proud of was my first solo release called "Down". It was early in the game so it wasn't perfect by my standards but I did it all - mixed, mastered, wrote, performed, promoted, everything - by myself.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently in the process of finalising a few hip-hop mixes for some clients, a full dance-pop production for another, I'll be releasing a solo track in the coming weeks AND I'm about to release the sophomore album of my band, Thunder Fox.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: If you're a creator in general I'd recommend using Soundbetter to explore and discover like-minded individuals. Music is all about collaboration.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: When it comes to mixing and production, digital is my preference. Music technology is at a stage where almost any sound you can possible dream of can be recorded, synthesised or emulated in minutes while you're sitting in your bedroom on a laptop.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise the job won't be don't until YOU'RE happy with the finished product.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love to be immersed in creation of any kind. I love that I can contribute to art and leave something behind for people to enjoy, dance to, cry to, love or hate forever.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Clients usually ask "what do you think of the track?" I reply: "I think we can turn this into a banger"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about mixing and production is that it's completely technical and requires a vast knowledge of hardware and systems. It's an art not a science!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want people to hear when they listen to your track? What are you trying to say? Who inspires you/your song? How much are you happy for me to change the track to reach the goal?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open to suggestions and don't be afraid to put me to work!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Fender Mustang, a Deluxe Reverb Amp, a lead, a guitar pick and my voice. You don't need much more than that to create something beautiful. Is there electricity on the island though?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been writing songs in and out of bands since I was 11 and have built instrumental skills and production techniques along the way. I've always experimented with my own material to its limits so I can bring any lessons I learn along the way to clients and collaborators.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Eclectic yet focused.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Who wouldn't want to work with Frank Ocean? His enigmatic presence and deep commitment to the message of his songs above all are so inspiring.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try to internalise any technical skills you've picked up so that they work on a subconscious level and don't get in the way of the bigger picture of the art you're creating. If it sounds good, it sounds good, doesn't matter if you have to break some "rules" along the way!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I don't really work in any genre primarily, I love to experiment and bring elements of other genres into any track I work with. As a mixer, though I most often work in Pop, RnB and Hip Hop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is composition; picking the right sounds and silences to create an impactful and unique piece of work.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a wealth of experience in production and compositions in various genres but, most importantly, I'll always bring a dedication to the emotional intent of a song or piece of music, being sure to make the artistic presence of a track the highest priority.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'm a big fan of a "mix as you go" approach to creation. I'll generally take what's been given as a starting point, be it a produced track or a simple loop/sound and add or subtract in the direction the art takes me. Everything is built step by step with the bigger picture in mind.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work from a treated studio in my home. I operate through Logic Pro X with an Arturia KeyLab mkII controller and a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 interface. I also have a selection of mics, guitars and basses to find the perfect sound for any genre.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Any musician that's able to turn any technical aspect of mixing, composing or production into ART.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most often, a client will send me a track that they've produced or partially completed in their DAW but are needing some direction as to how to finish their product. Upon receiving the track stems, I'm able to identify mixing notes, areas of improvement in the performance and production elements that can be added to make for an amazing final track. I mix the track and add in any elements I think might augment the final version. I'll usually send through a revamped and mixed version to the client for their feedback and will move towards the finished goal collaboratively from there.