Steve Baker

Producer, Musician, Mixer

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I’m a Music Producer & Musician working locally and remotely from my studio in Brighton (UK) where I record, produce, create and mix music almost every day. I’m passionate, enthusiastic and deeply creative with a constantly evolving music taste. What are you into? I’m obsessed with music and sound. Each time I make a track, I learn something new.

For an artist to succeed, their music must truly represent their vision.

Whether success means being booked for festivals, play-listed on Spotify or increasing your fanbase – make music you’re proud to share while investing in your art and your career.

Uniqueness, authenticity and inventiveness are all traits that I value in music. Spontaneity, energy and a great performance are also elements that I believe are important in great recordings.

A trusted guide and a critical ear

My recording, mixing and playing skills mean I can support and guide you through the arrangement, production and recording process (or just hire me for part of it). You can feel confident to try new ideas, get your best performance and not worry about what you can’t do. Let’s focus on what you can do!

We can work in my Brighton studio or I can hook us up with many excellent musicians and local studios, should we need something bigger.

- Pre-production
- Arrangement
- Song production & instrumentation
- Tracking / recording
- Editing & mixing
- Demo, Single, EP or Album

“I’m not selling my engineering, I’m selling my taste.” – Dave Pensado

Listening to: The Bleachers, Flying Lotus, Angel Olsen, Kendrick Lamar, Low Island, Four Tet, Sharon Van Etten, Lizzo, Jon Hopkins, Beck, Beak>, The Weeknd, Daniel Avery, LCD Soundsytem, FKA Twigs, Outkast, Nils Frahm, Future, Erykah Badu.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Steve Baker

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: Simply put: I help them to get the sound they hear in their heads.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: Brian Eno. Josh Homme. Rick Rubin. Little Dragon. Damon Albarn. Geoff Barrow & Adrian Utley (Portishead). The Chemical Brothers. James Ford. David Byrne. Trent Reznor. John Frusciante.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I have a home set up and a purpose built, acoustically treated studio space. I use Mac, Ableton & Logic Pro 9 and Pro X, Waves, Ozone & tons of other plugins, Focusrite interface, Samson monitors, Beyer Dynamic headphones, OP-1 Synth/Sampler/Drum machine, Ableton Push 2 - many old keyboards and some synths - Korg Microbrute, Korg DW8000, Moog Sub-Phatty etc. Tons of effects pedals. Large choice of guitars if need be. POD XT. Rode NT1a, SM58s, SM57s.

  7. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  8. A: Life. Vibe. The joy of imperfections. An experimental approach.

  9. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  10. A: Have fun. Find out what the song is about & where the focus should be and base your decisions on that. Don't follow too many rules.

  11. Q: What's your typical work process?

  12. A: Get to know the artist and their creative ideas. Find out what they need the most and where I can add the most value. Do they want to lead the process or have me take the lead? The process is defined after that has been figured out. Often it's just about finding a good starting point and going from their. I work quite quickly and like to catch a vibe 7 moment, so being relaxed and not over-working an idea is important.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: My musical ear and understanding of the fabric of many music genres.

  15. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  16. A: Without electricity? An acoustic guitar, solar powered multi-track recorder, microphone, headphones,

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Are there any particular songs or artists whose sound you admire? What's most important to you as a musician/song-writer? Where do you see your music being played? Would you like sugar in your tea?

  19. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  20. A: That you have to have lots of expensive equipment and 30 years experience to get a good sound.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Relaxed. Fun. Open-minded. Able to take the lead but also follow an artists lead.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I've been recording and writing music since I was 12

  25. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  26. A: Both. I made records in analogue studios and the limitations can get better performances. Knowing you have to lose the previous take to fix any issues meant that you have to do something great and settle with it. Digital is the only way to go if you're working collaboratively with a Producer. I couldn't do what I do without it and I love integrating analogue & tape recordings into digital projects. Field recordings. Strange samples from vinyl etc.

Wounded Gods, Ghost.

I was the Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer and Musician in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Radiohead
  • Four Tet
  • Sharon Van Etten
Gear Highlights
  • It's not about the gear. Clients work with me for my taste
  • mind
  • ideas and personality. Gear is secondary (but I have a few nice things).
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