Hi! I'm a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in London, specialising in singer-songwriter, indie folk, and alternative pop, having produced and co-written with UK and US artists such as, Aslèane, Gace Corsi, Gabriella Eva, Louis Futon, Dillan Witherow, Josh Jacobson, and Ariza.
My sound is firmly rooted in the intimacy of folk instrumentation, with a leaning towards cinematic synth pop, and electronic soundscapes. As a producer, I am influenced by the work of Aaron Dessner, and Brian Eno, but my guiding principle has always been to serve the song by creating a sonic landscape that supports and amplifies its emotional nuances.
My London studio which runs on UAD, is fully equipped to meet any recording requirements, with a vast array of vintage, analogue, and world instruments. Highlights include, a full drum kit, the Prophet 6, Moog Sub 37, MFB-Tanzbär Drum Machine, a sitar, a Cuban tres, and a baritone. On the analogue side, I run a two track 1/4” ReVox PR99 MKii and a Tascam 424 four track cassette machine for direct to tape recordings.
I hold a Masters in Record Production, having studied composition at Mannes (NYC), accruing extensive experience large-format recording studios, working on orchestral and pop sessions. As a guitar player, I studied under Joe Ravo (Dave Brubeck), and have gone on to contribute finger-style, slide, and jazz guitar, for numerous London and Los Angeles based artists.
I’m happy to discuss any recording briefs for you might have. Whether you’re looking for an authentic analogue sound, a pristine instrumental recording, or an experimental edge to your track, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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Working with Merrick is an absolute joy - he's produced and collaborated on my latest single and taken it much further than I ever imagined, introducing a whole kaleidoscope of sound. He's got an incredible ear and is a very skilled musician but what I appreciate the most is his love for exploration. Merrick won't just give you a cookie cutter result - there's genuine curiosity and care and excitement at the heart of the creative process, which makes working with him so rewarding. The music comes first. Couldn't recommend him more!
Interview with Merrick Winter
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid! I've alway found that a mixture of identifiably modern vintage sounds yields the most interesting music! In terms of production, the creative limitations of analogue recording techniques and instrumental forces you to commit to your ideas which can often lead to better, more intentional music. Personally I like to use analogue sources as much as possible, and then manipulate them digitally in the box, before sending it all back out for a bit of analogue sheen in the mix and master.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The trust that's placed in me by artists to nurture their vision into something tangible and permanent - something which provides a snapshot of their life and their art at that moment in time.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to see how far people are willing to push the limits of their musical and sonic imagination - to hear from an artist that I'm working with, something they've always wanted to try but have maybe never had the space or time to experiment with! I love facilitating that exploratory process because that's often what yields the the most artistically fulfilling and creative results.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Gibson J-40. That's it. Travel light.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Serve the song and follow the emotional arch of the music with the production, not vice versa. If the song works on an acoustic guitar or a piano and voice, it has legs.