What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Do you have any fixed ideas on sounds/mixes?
What's your budget/time frame?
What do you want to do with the project once it's finished?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Try one mix/track, and see if we work well together.
Be clear on any fixed ideas on arrangements or mixes that you have.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I have always been a huge fan of Bruce Hornsby and his piano playing so that would be my first choice, but I have been able to work with a few of my own musical heroes in my career such as Dave Bainbridge, Bryn Haworth and Dave Markee to name a few.
Can you share one music production tip?
listen to your "finished" mix on more than just your expensive studio mixing speakers. It will give you more of an idea of what people will actually hear on their iPhones/ cds etc. Occasionally this will cause to revisit a mix, if something needs adding or taking away.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I'm mixing an album remotely for a client in Hong Kong, producing a variety of Christmas material for a U.K. Record company, creating tracks for an ipad based backing track app for churches, working on some original tracks for production libraries - oh and trying to find time to finish the next album I'm working on with my wife!
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been doing this for over 20 years. I got a contract to produce MIDI files for a production company while I was still at music college and I went on to work for that company on many many projects for lots of major clients across the world which gave me some great experience in a whole range of styles and also working under pressure! I have now run my own production company along with my wife Wendy for many years.
How would you describe your style?
Generally laid-back and melodic if I'm just playing for my own enjoyment - but I also like to rock-out when required and really enjoy crafting pop productions as well.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work on all kinds of stuff but I often work with clients involved in Christian music - everything from Taize choral music to singer-songwriters to blues, jazz, pop - I like to be versatile!
What's your strongest skill?
My ideas and my keyboard skills probably attract the most comments from clients.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Mac Pro (trashcan), Logic Pro and Studio One 3 depending on the project, lots and lots of plugins!! (Melodyne 4, lots of Waves, everything from Spectrasonics etc etc..) I work in-the-box because of the number of projects I move between - but this allows me to get a great sound quickly and make any changes required very easily.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I'm involved in all sorts of different projects but the main things I do fall into 3 categories :
Working with artists here in the studio - arranging, recording, mixing albums and EP's from start to finish.
Producing bespoke tracks for record companies and individuals.
Remote mixing of projects where clients send me multitrack stems and I create finished mixes - often adding my own personal colour to it with additional elements where that is wanted.