Mike (Mikey) Wilkie

Composer, Producer, Engineer

4 Reviews
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Am interested in collaborating on rhythmic/funk tracks that stimulate your feet AND brain. Would love to work with a singer/songwriter - I can do everything else / all instruments/arrangements/engineering/mastering.

Currently based at The Sail House, Bequia with it's stunning studio in the Caribbean I am spending my time composing, arranging, engineering and performing on tracks that I enjoy. Isn't life great!

I'm a sound engineer / producer and keyboard player. One half of the band 'Two Dogs' and publish my own music under the name 'The Pikey Project'.

LISTEN HERE: twodogs.bandcamp.com
and here: thepikeyproject.bandcamp.com

and WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/4oDPeT_NU3A
and here: https://youtu.be/w0DRAZWPSp8
oh, and here as well: https://youtu.be/ot1oYMh3r1g
and while we're at it: https://youtu.be/8LuNAsRPRWo

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

4 Reviews

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  1. Review by Ethan C
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    Mike was very professional throughout the job, sending all the necessary files needed and also a guide vocal and great direction. A very talented musician and writer. Really enjoyed working on this with him. Would highly recommend.

  2. Review by Cris Hodges
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    I really enjoy working with Mike and the team, this music is incredibly fun and the guys are super cool. Looking forward to the next one!

  3. Review by Cris Hodges
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    Really just the most incredibly talented group of musicians that I have the pleasure of working with. Very happy about our collaborations together!

  4. Review by Cris Hodges
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    Wow, the first song with Mike is now complete and I must say this was a very special connection. The music is set in a way that makes it very accommodating for a vocalist to come in and make it special. VERY excited for more songs with Mike!

Interview with Mike (Mikey) Wilkie

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

  2. A: 'Cahon' by Two Dogs. We set the challenge of making a long and interesting piece out of just 3 chords. Yip, just 3 chords. And it runs over 13 minutes long without ever getting boring. Love it. You can listen here.... twodogs.bandcamp.com/track/cahon

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

  4. A: I have a huge collection of recorded ideas that I really should filter and throw away any that are not excellent. Must get around to that sometime...

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

  6. A: Just joined, so not yet...

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both - because they're both great!

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

  10. A: An easy and happy working relationship

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

  12. A: Everything!

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

  14. A: Differs according to customer

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

  16. A: People think I'm so lucky to have all the skills I have. No...practice, practice, practice, learn, learn, learn, practice, practice, practice.

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

  18. A: Differs according to client

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

  20. A: Differs according to customer

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

  22. A: Macbook Pro, Acoustic piano, Nord Stage, Acoustic Guitar and an Internet Connection!

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

  24. A: Written, performed and recorded music all my life. Played piano from age 6. Proffesional Sound engineer in London for 7 years before setting up TV & Film Production company. Sold that. Went travelling. Ended up in Bequia & New York...mostly.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Hmmm... Music for brain and feet. Enjoy creating...whatever it is.

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

  28. A: Michael League and Snarky Puppy. I like his/their sense of musical adventure and discovery.

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

  30. A: Jazz, Blues, Rock. But can and have also produced orchestral, Film & TV music, and World Music.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Pro finished sound

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

  34. A: Production, rhythm, all instruments but NOT vocals (I sound like a fog horn!). Mixing etc.

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

  36. A: Although we have recorded bands here, the studio was only completed mid 2020 (i.e. mid Covid) so most of the work has been through internet connections. I receive file, add stuff, return file. Or...send file, wait for return...mix/master/publish.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: Based at The Sail House, Bequia in the Caribbean. Our unique 'open' studio contains...Yamaha AvantGrand N3X , Vintage Fender Rhodes 1973, Roland TD50KV Drum Kit, Paul Reed Smith Electric Guitar, Fender Jazz Bass, James Trussard Guitar, Nord Stage 2, Moog Sub Phatty 37 Synth, Nektar Impact LX61+, Kawai Keys VPC1, Hartke VX Series VX3500 Bass Combo Amp, Roland KC 350 Keyboard Amp, Orange Amp, Akai Pro MPD18, Yamaha P-120 Weighted Keyboard, 6 string Acoustic Guitar, Marshall 1958X 18W 2x10 Hand Wired Tube Combo Amp, Fender Guitar Amp/ Hot Rod De Ville, Moog Theremin, Analogue SSL desk, SSL G Compressor, SSL 611 EQ Module x5, Rupert Neve Designs 551 EQ, API 560 - 10 Band Graphic EQ, API 560 - 10 Band Graphic EQ, API 550B - 4 Band EQ, API 550A - 3 Band EQ, Inward Connections - The Brute - Limiter, Neve 1073LB Mic Pre, Elysia Xpressor 500 Stereo Compressor, ATC SCM45A speakers, Yamaha HS7 speakers, 2 x Neumann U87, Peluso 2247 LE Tube, 5xShure SM57, Sennheiser MD42, 2xAudio Technica AT 2020, AKG D112 Mk11, FET 87, Audix ADX51, 6xSennheiser 421, 2x AEA NUVO N8…and a bunch of other toys. I prefer Logic as my DAW and despite having all the gear I enjoy mixing ‘in the box’ too.

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

  40. A: Snarky Puppy

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

  42. A: Adding/playing instruments, co-writing, composition, mixing and mastering

Two Dogs featuring Jason Simmons

I was the Co-writer, All Instruments except guitars, Engineer, Producer in this production

Gear Highlights
  • SSL analogue desk
  • Yamaha Electric Grand Piano
  • Fender Rhodes
  • Moog Sub 37
  • Hammond XK-5
  • a variety of guitars and bass
  • many amps
  • mixing through Yamaha HS8 and ATC SCM45A.
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