Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My first EP 'Our Loving Cage' because it was the first fully electronic material I had released. I wrote, arranged, sang and played all the parts as well as producing the EP.
What are you working on at the moment?
Various collaborative projects involving vocals, top lining, songwriting, and arrangement, as well as my own material.
Analog or digital and why?
I do love that warm analog sound but I have to say both. They both have their merits. It really depends on the style of the track or the project.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To provide a high quality service, that fulfils your brief, within the timeframe agreed.
What do you like most about your job?
Being creative and using music to portray an emotion
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How long a project with take me, which is answered on an individual basis as it varies on the project.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is your timeline?
Do you want to hear work in progress updates?
Do you have references/examples?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Lets have a conversation about what you are looking for and how I can provide what you need.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
If this was any gear I wanted then....Prophet 12, and old upright Piano, OB-6, Macbook with Ableton, Condenser mic
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I first started making music on the piano and singing, writing my own songs and performing them. After some years writing material on the piano and dabbling in the world of midi instruments I then went to UCLan to study Music Practice. It was during my 3 years at Uni that I begun to discover more experimental and eclectic music, and I developed more of an interest in electronic music. I had access to large state of the art studios and equipment, where I learnt how to produce my own and others music. I soon discovered Ableton, which is now my primary DAW of choice, as I find it fantastic for idea generation and arranging tracks, as well as live performance.
In more recent years I have worked with a variety of artists and songwriters including Beth Orton and Marcus Intalex, as well as writing for film and games, and writing and producing for my own solo project. I have had tracks released on the Laboratory Projects Taste Masters 5, Reveller Records, and Factory Fast Records.
How would you describe your style?
Vocal driven atmospheric electronic music is a particular love of mine and something I enjoy making stylistically.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Thom Yorke. Because he I think he's an incredible vocalist, songwriter and musician who is always evolving, and has an incredible uniqueness about his sound which is truly inspiring.
Can you share one music production tip?
I find its better to not look at the fader levels in the DAW when mixing. Rely on your ears.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work a lot on alt-pop, electronic, ambient electronic, and soundtrack.
What's your strongest skill?
Melodies and harmonies; hearing tunes and where things should progress to in an arrangement either with vocals, instrumental parts, chords, or overall.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring a uniqueness to a song, either through my vocal style or through my arrangement. I like to make music which has a little something about it which makes it different.
What's your typical work process?
It really depends on what the project is. But usually it always starts with idea generation either in Ableton or on the piano with a mic set up.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I've got a pair of Adam AX7's and Soundtracs Topaz Project 8 desk. I use an Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt Interface which is great. For vocals I primarily use my AKG C214 mic. I've got a Nord Stage 2 which I love for its versatility and wonderful sound. As well as this I have an Arturia Minibrute, Roland TR8 drum machine, and Korg Volca Keys. I'm a big synth lover so I have a lot of plug ins and primarily use either Ableton or Logic.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
So many its hard to choose who to list but to name a few: Kate Bush, Bowie, Lisa Gerrard, Sigur Ros, Thom Yorke, Julianna Barwick, Massive Attack, Aphex Twin, Portishead, Depeche Mode, M83.......
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A lot of my work involves songwriting, arranging and producing. I also do a lot of top-line work, which works well as I provide a high quality vocal recording as well as writing line. As well as this I compose for film, which I am often approached about due to my ability to create atmospheric vocal pieces combined with electronics, offering something a little different to an orchestral approach.