Sid Butler

Music Producer/Engineer

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Hello! I'm Sid. If you're looking for somebody who's driven not just by money, but by passion, you've found your guy! I specialize in more electronic and ambient music but can produce and mix anything from deep house to upbeat electronica.

I've got a long background in music in a general sense. Brought up on Reggae and Ska by my dad, learning to play Punk and heavier music in secondary school and embracing electronic music in college. I've got a wide range of skills from mastering all the way to producing. Whatever you need I can probably handle it and do a pretty good job of it.

I use FL Studio 12 since it fits my quick workflow. I specialize in ambient electronic music and soundtrack work, although as stated before I can handle pretty much anything.

I'm not expecting to make extreme ammounts of money off of freelancing, so if you've got a smaller budget I'm more than happy to work with it. I enjoy my work and I like to produce stuff people will actually enjoy. The fun is in the projects I work on, the money is just a bonus for my time. Don't expect 'Premium fees' or anything. One flat price for the hours I work. Easy, simple, efficient.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Interview with Sid Butler

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I'm currently employed by a small fashion company in London. They're really struggling so the satisfaction of getting to help them out when I can is a great feeling. I'm their audio engineer but I may as well be their audio "guy" since there's not much in that department I don't do.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm building a reliable portfolio and making the funds to move out. As for musical projects, I'd like to start working on an album sometime soon.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I've just started here, but when I find somebody I'll let you know!

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Analog had my heart for a while but digital gives you so much freedom. A mix of both is always best, but if I had to pick one it'd be digital. There's something about staring at a blank project that gives me so much joy.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I'll get you what you need and I won't charge you a whole boatload of cash for it. Quick, simple and effective.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: The ideas people have. I like hearing about these strange and wonderful things people need music for. Its a reminder on how powerful music truly is.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: The most common question probably around musical background. "when/where did you start". I started making music 7 years ago and I started because I love it. That's all there is to it.

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

  16. A: That chill music is lazy. Chill music can be anything from some relaxed Jazz to more upbeat "lofi" esc music. Neither of which HAS to be lazy, but people decide to do the same thing over and over because it works. Personally I can't bring myself to make something that sounds the same as everybody else so I add elements people haven't thought of yet. I'm sure many if not most who make the same genre as me agree.

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

  18. A: What do you want. Seriously, what do you WANT from a producer? If you're interested in hiring a producer or a mixer you should have a clear idea in your head of what you need, even if it's a basic idea it should be clear.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Be open about what you want and don't worry about fine details. Producers that can be creative are better than the rest as far as I'm concerned. If you can give them a set of words, a fruit and an emotion they should be able to give you what you want. Maybe a genre too. I've heard those are important

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

  22. A: This might be the hardest question on here. A laptop, microphone, hot glue gun, hammer and some kind of internet connection. I'll be making beats from the coconuts and uploading them wherever I can.

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

  24. A: I've been doing this since I was 12. Now I'm 19. My carrer path was "wow this whole music thing seems really cool" and then I did it. Now I'm here. I've only been taught anything by one teacher. He was great.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: The colour blue with a little streak of purple in the middle. Maybe blend it out. Make it a gradient and then shake it a little to give it some jagged lines.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Toby Fox. He's an absolute legend in every aspect of the music he creates. Everything feels right and I don't think there's a single thing he can miss. I'd want to work with him so I can learn his process and understand what makes what he does special.

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

  30. A: Have fun with whatever you're making. As soon as you take it "seriously" you'll overproduce and go overboard with every element. No, you don't need to EQ every track or add reverb to every element of the song. Let it have an element other than 'That sounds good'.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: The sort of thing you'd hear in a hotel lobby on a different planet. I don't like to define genres, I like to go by feelings. Imagine safety and comfort in a cozy room, that's what I work on.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Speed. I'm fast, real fast. I've got so many ideas cooking in my head that it's hard to even write them down. There's never a planning phase and never a stumble. As soon as I've got the idea for your brief I'll have an idea for what you need. You can expect what you need to be delivered quicker than anyone else. 3 days max. minimum? 3 hours.

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

  36. A: A different take on what makes a good song. A song does what you want it to do, it sets a feel and carries emotion. I'll pour a small part of my emotions into each track and send it on it's way. No corporate elevator music from me, emotions are what makes a song.

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

  38. A: When I get work from a client I like to look over it for a while and feel out the ideas put forward. Depending on the task I'll either get right to mixing or producing. With mixing I'll drop in the steams and solo each and give them a good listen, with producing I'll work on a chord and musical structure before programming some loops and finding a good feel.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: It's nothing fancy, just a small bedroom setup. All of my gear is high quality and I've got plenty of space to upgrade and add parts as needed. For right now though it's small.

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

  42. A: My first inspiration was Porter Robinson. The dynamics and feel his songs have is second to none. Other than him I'd go for C414 and Toby Fox. I love their vibe.

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

  44. A: Usually odd jobs. Small songs that need to be produced or mixed, audio that needs to be cut and edited. Stuff like that. While that's the most COMMON thing I do for clients, I don't mind taking on bigger tasks and projects.


Terms Of Service

2-3 revisions depending on time/budget contraints, around 2-3 days turnaround time on most projects. Pretty lenient with most things, so I can take circumstances into consideration.

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