I have a genuine passion for creating and performing music. I have gained a deep experience playing since early childhood and worked with numerous artists and musicians in different places and styles. I would love to share that experience in creating more high quality music that will uplift and entertain people ! Please do get in touch.
My real love is to play piano/keyboards/Hammond B3 - in many different styles ranging from classical to jazz, blues, soul, pop, gospel and Christian worship. I love to improvise and create, arrange and produce new music either for an existing song/lyrics or from scratch.
I also play rhythm guitar, drums, percussion and blues harmonica
I am very interested in helping any artists that need keyboard parts, composition and songwriting and arrangements.
Would love to hear from you with your ideas/requests.
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Interview with Ben Waddilove
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Creating production/library music, writing contemporary songs for a young unsigned artist, writing Christian worship songs.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love to accompany any really talented vocalists.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Improvising and composing with the piano
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I work best in the early morning after a good walk with the dog! I usually compose and write songs and music for media on my acoustic piano or guitar and like to review and re-write before taking anywhere near the studio. I will then compile a score and lead sheets and lyric sheets For songs I take a fairly traditional approach of recording drums/bass first followed by main instruments, then vocals then licks/solos/extras after that. Mixing tends to happen through the process. For production music I will take the completed and scored theme and orchestrate in the studio using different instruments to create the mood required.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am very fortunate to have a good studio environment, acoustically treated, with a reliable near-field monitoring space, vocal booth and rehearsal and live space. I work within Logic Pro-x and have a Yamaha P-250 stage piano to control Midi parts, a very good Ivory II Steinway Grand piano sample library and a high quality orchestral sample library from Spitfire Audio
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To work professionally and reliably and give maximum effort to each project.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being around music on a daily basis. Meeting and collaborating with other artists.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Perhaps that we write/compose straight off 'in one take' - the reality is that usually many hours of work and re-writes go into a finished composition.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your ultimate goal for the music project? How can we achieve that goal? What is the specific plan to get there?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Believe in your ability to create unique music that only you can create and that can uplift and entertain people! Believe in the power of collaborating and working with others.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Piano, acoustic guitar, harmonicas, drums, tape recorder!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing piano since early childhood, composing and performing since my teens.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Relaxed, friendly, very enthusiastic and based on Christian values
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be very open to combining different instruments and styles!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Christian worship music, contemporary songs, music for media
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A unique combination of all the music I have ever listened to and played and an enthusiasm to make things work!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love the jazz greats like Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett and the late Chick Corea.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am involved with a variety of projects at any one time, ranging from songwriting and producing for young unsigned artists, composing music for media, playing keys parts for other bands and for events.