I specialize in kick starting a song idea from simple beginnings to demo quality
i have been a professional engineer in a few different studios over 10 years i enjoy helping artists to give character to a song and produce from there,i can flesh out a song for a customer from simple ideas all the way up to full production, strings , drums, guitars, bass, pianos, all these are actually played i use top drum samples and i pride myself on creating a real live sound, the genres vary pop, R'n'B, rock, alt. rock , blues, country ,reggae, i can also mix and master existing projects and try to fix issues.If you are an artist or even a band starting up but have one or two members missing..you could still push forward with the demos i will produce the tracks or which ever instrument are needed.
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Reviews (4)Endorse Dave Felstead over hill studio
Ive used Over Hill Studios on more than one occasion and have been very pleased with the results. As a songwriter i dont always have access to certain instruments i need to create whats in my head, so having a guy like David, who has particular skills suited to my needs comes in handy. Hes also very good at plucking an idea from nowhere which can turn your track into something amazing.
David provided a very unique and creative service that was second to none. He is very helpful and inspiring and his knowledge of music was very beneficial with my project.
I worked with Dave on many occasions and I found him to be very professional and enthusiastic about the projects we have worked on. Dave was able to make professional backing tracks of cover songs and write original material with me. He's always open to new ideas and he is an inspiration to work with.
I came to Mr David Felstead not long ago regarding song writing and producing some new tracks I was working on. He helped me produce my songs and the outcome was spectacular. The sound was professional and well produced and David himself was very helpful and friendly throughout the whole process. Highly recommended.
Interview with Dave Felstead over hill studio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: ''I managed to transfer the audio of someones father who past away from an old reel to reel home recorder had to rescue some of the actual tape as it was disintegrating then clean up the audio digitally , it turned out to be a recording the family thought was lost and was important to them, that made me happy giving them some happiness''
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: ''A session vocalist called Mike Stockley , hes hoping to be on Soundbetter soon''
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: ''Both..digital allows us not to lug the heavy gear around Analog does capture something different though but digital does win in the end''
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: '' quality and hard work''
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: '' Working for individuals and having some freedom to add ideas to their song and being able to know you was apart of their art''
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: ''i think some people may think its a bit easier than it looks''
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: ''what end result are they looking'' ''what imput do you need from me, how much help they need''
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: ''My main thing is... i work hard , i like all my productions to ''standup'' with quality i like to get deep into a track ''
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: ''i have been a musician for 30 years and an engineer in some form for most of that time!' i have done some theatre live work and rub shoulders with some famous stars in the uk
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: ''i like to have some input and breathing space with the ideas on a track if the artist wants input, im quite easy going but i tend to put alot of work into what i do
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: ''hard to answer this one...Ken Caillett would have been amazing...
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: '' dont over cook it, if its sounding good just because there is some new fancy plug in or hardware the track dont always need everything piled on it''
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: '' I usually work on soft to hard rock style some country ballad types or atmos styles''
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: ''i think that's getting a demo going quickly making the artist feel they can communicate comfortably with me.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: '' I can add an organic feel adding real instruments and feel, i can re arrange or even write the music for the artist''
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: ''can work from stems that need mixing or instrument replacement each track has different needs, so i tend to flow with whats needed depends on what the artist needs,i will always try to get the best quality''
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: '' I have a mid level studio but have access to bigger and better...i set up With logic , Axion , Krk , and my favourite Universal Audio and slate hardware and plug ins ''
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: ''Working on an album with a band called the ''Terrorpins''
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: ''how quickly can it get done'' i tend to tell the truth according to the demo if its a big production or not''
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: ''a USA fender strat and a Blackstar practise amp all the rest spare strings a plectrum, power supply of some sort''
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: ''that's an hard one to pin down, i feel audio engineers need a lot of influence from different areas...steve albini, ken Caillet , right back to chet atkins ''
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: ''When a client doesn't know where to go with the song or doesn't have the equipment to move forward with their song or idea i work with them to get a demo going, sometimes my guide demo sounds good enough for them to feel its finished''