Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My role is as a producer on this, as yet, unfinished project.
I am working with an extremely talented and lovely artist on her album of fantastic songs. Each track has two versions. She wanted her singer songwriter tracks re-interpreted as EDM versions. She intends to release them together in a DVD book type package, exciting, can't wait to see it.
What are you working on at the moment?
Client's songs, also some sound design for a theatre company.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
No, not yet.
Analog or digital and why?
I don't care, though it frustrates me when designers sacrifice moving forwards for the sake of looking back.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I am not happy until they are.
When I have been paid I will not expect any share of any money the track generates.
What do you like most about your job?
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How much.... £95 ($116 approx) per song, no more, no less.
Do you work for 'terms'.... No.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I do not know. One's misconception is another's opportunity.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
All questions relate to how the client wants the finished track to sound. I also ask for commercially available tracks to use as reference that goes some way to describing instrumentation, feel, genre etc.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I have come across many horror stories about song owners losing control of their songs to unscrupulous producers.
Unless the contract between you and your producer is for 'terms' make sure and get it in writing that when you have paid the producer for their work they have no right to claim any share of any money generated by the recordings and the song.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Assuming there is no power, an acoustic guitar, a uke, a pencil, some paper and an eraser.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I spent thirty years of writing, recording and producing my own songs for the sheer enjoyment of it. I made not a penny. During this time, unbeknown to me I was amassing a wide variety of music production skills. I am now in the happy and almost accidental position where people are happy to pay me to utilise those skills on their songs.
How would you describe your style?
Communicative, and sympathetic.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I will work with anyone with realistic expectations.
Can you share one music production tip?
If the song has a vocal the vocal is king. All instrumentation is there to support the vocal.
What type of music do you usually work on?
What's your strongest skill?
Attention to detail and a desire to please.
What do you bring to a song?
Whatever the client requires.
What's your typical work process?
Whatever gets the client what he or she wants. In other words I have no typical work process.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Logic X, Apollo Interface, Line 6 Vari-axe, Spectre bass, Apple Mac Pro with too much music software to list.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
As a songwriter I have always endeavoured not to sound like anyone else. An impossible task as all music is derivative.
As a producer, the clients' needs are the inspiration.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.