A passionate & deeply creative Music Producer / Musician / Mixer based in Brighton (UK) working with artists across the entire music-making process. My enthusiasm for music, passion for the process & my love of experimentation means I'm constantly learning & never get bored! I want every artist I work with to feel proud of the music we make.
I believe that for an artist to succeed, their music must truly represent their vision.
Whatever success means to you – focus on making music you’re proud to share. Investing in your musical vision will create momentum that drives you forward towards your goals.
Uniqueness, authenticity & inventiveness are all traits that I value in music. Spontaneity, energy & a great performance are also elements that I believe make recordings great.
My recording, production, mixing & playing skills mean I can support & guide you through the arrangement, production & recording process (or just hire me for part of it). You can feel confident to try new ideas, get your best performance & have my full support through the creative & recording process. I become trusted guide and an extra pair of ears.
We can work in my Brighton studio or I can hook us up with many excellent musicians & local studios, should we need something bigger.
- 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
Fan of: Bleachers, Flying Lotus, Angel Olsen, Kendrick Lamar, Low Island, Four Tet, Sharon Van Etten, Lizzo, Jon Hopkins, Beck, The Weeknd, LCD Soundsytem, FKA Twigs, Outkast, Nils Frahm, Future, Erykah Badu.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
2 ReviewsEndorse Steve Baker
Steve has been a pleasure to work with - he has a very organised and efficient approach and does not want his musicians to feel rushed either. He is good at finding ways to achieve a particular sound and passionate about making music. I would definitely recommend working with him!
Steve delivered an excellent bassline for me with lots of ideas and a really strong sense of what the track needed. An excellent ear for music and a total pro to deal with! Would definitely recommend.
Interview with Steve Baker
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Simply put: I help them to get the sound they hear in their heads.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Life. Vibe. The joy of imperfections. An experimental approach.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My musical ear and understanding of the fabric of many music genres.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Without electricity? An acoustic guitar, solar powered multi-track recorder, microphone, headphones,
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you have to have lots of expensive equipment and 30 years experience to get a good sound.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Relaxed. Fun. Open-minded. Able to take the lead but also follow an artists lead.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been recording and writing music since I was 12
Q: Analog or digital and why?
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.