Hi, I'm Charlie Westropp, a Producer/Writer/Mixer working out of my East London studio. I have worked with several breakthrough artists over my 15 year career in the singer-songwriter/pop genres (including Gabrielle Aplin and Saint Raymond) helping to focus their sound, and go on to achieve Major Label success both in the UK and internationally.
Charlie Westropp began his music life making earl gray and occasionally sound engineering, at Matrix Studios in London’s West End, before stints doing the same at the Strongrooms in Shoreditch and Sphere Studios, Battersea.
Having cut his teeth at those prestigious London Studios Charlie was now making the best tea in London, and his engineering was decent too, which led to his feeling that the time was right to take the plunge and set up solo, whilst continuing his musical education with a Masters at London College Of Music, where he met to-be-bandmate Owen Taylor. They formed 'The Operators' and were signed to B-Unique management in 2008.
Charlie continued to expand his horizons, in co-forming Electro – Grunge/Pop duo Bluebell with Annabel Jones, and also became a key member of Northern renaissance man, Rob Cowen’s band too.
Whilst being an active member of these bands, Charlie also co-wrote and produce tracks for some of the top young singer-songwriter talent the UK had to offer with artists like Saint Raymond, Gabrielle Aplin, Orla Gartland, Lauren Aquilina, Maisie Peters, Lawrence Fox, Cameron Bloomfield, Ralfy, Nym, etc...
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13 ReviewsEndorse Charlie Westropp
Charlie is an incredible musician and producer! He worked on my first single with me and he was extremely easy going, and welcoming. He made me feel comfortable and did an amazing job on the single. If you are looking to further your music, please do consider Charlie!
- Hayden x
Charlie is brilliant. I had a fantastic experience working with him on my radio/podcast project. He was flexible, competitively-priced, easy-going, but most importantly of all - really knows a studio inside out. We did dialogue, monologue, stings, jingles, FX, the works. The results were impeccable - immediately broadcast-ready. Could not be happier with how it went. 5 stars without a doubt.
Charlie is a legend. When we worked together I was just starting out as an artist and really benefitted from his guidance & expertise, plus his ability to create a fun, creative atmosphere where I could bring my ideas to life.
For bands and solo artists looking for a place to develop further and make some great, original-sounding music, hit up Charlie NOW!
- Orla Gartland
Charlie is a really really cool guy. Easy to get on with when you first meet and super quick with new ideas and creativeness.
I had a few sessions at his house in East London and we had a great time! looking forward to move sessions!
Charlie is AWESOME! One of my absolute favs to work with of all time. His talent is endless and his creativity knows no bounds. Such a star! Always a pleasure, I can’t recommend him enough! X
I've collaborated with Charlie on a number of tracks and I'm always happy with the results.
From his production to his songwriting, he clearly knows his stuff.
His East London studio is a relaxing environment, where creativity is free to flow.
I have worked with Charlie quite a few times now and he's really easy to work with, very creative, and also really lovely! He was patient with me in my beginnings as an artist, and helped me define the sound I wanted at the time. Thank you Charlie!
I met Charlie after seeing his band, The Operators, when they were just starting out and I was doing some scouting for Universal. After discovering he'd recorded and produced all of their material, I subsequently worked with him on a number of diverse projects where he always delivered exactly to each band/label's brief. And on a more personal note, I'd say that Charlie's not only an extremely talented bloke, but also a top guy who's incredibly easy to work with too. Would fully recommend
I recently worked with Charlie on a track, it has been a great experience, very good communication, extremely relaxed but very professional atmosphere at his studio, and most importantly he has a great understanding of the genre, direction and vibe I wanted to go for with the song. I am looking forward to work with him in the future for sure. Thank you Charlie
I have worked with Charlie on several projects since we first met at University. His commitment to perfection and logical approach to the production of music has always amazed me. He is also incredibly patient - the perfect tonic for any scatty artist! As a talented songwriter in his own right, he's also handy to have about to iron out a clumpy structure or give your refrain hook that extra punch.
Yeh, so basically, he's pretty cool.
A lot of my most high-profile and proud work has been in collaboration with Charlie. I've known and worked with him for many years and am always psyched when opportunities arise to be involved in his work, as I can always be sure that the final product will be something special. Fully reccomend!!
I contacted Charlie about writing and producing a song that i already had a demo made for but was far from finished. As i am based in Belgium i was a bit worried that it was going to be difficult to finish the writing process over e mail exchanges and Skype conversations but i was proven wrong very quickly ! He was very professional and friendly each step of the way and was able to come up with great ideas very fast. I was extremely happy with the final result and he also made it very easy to communicate different ideas for the track from start to finish. I hope to work with him again soon !
I approached Charlie with a highly ambitious, unique, demanding and original project and without being entirely sure of its direction. Despite all these challenges, he approached it in a calm and open-minded manner and went to any length to achieve what I wanted. From my original demo to the final version, he transformed it in ways I could never have imagined. He's also a really nice guy!
Interview with Charlie Westropp
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love what Nigel Godrich did with Paul McCartney on 'Fine Line'. Taking those artists who have been there and done it, and bringing them back full-circle would be great. Elton John has such an extensive back-catalogue of such a high quality - would be great to revisit some of the 70's sounds/orchestration with an artist like that.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started off 15 years ago working as a tea boy in the Matrix, West End. I then moved on to Sphere in Battersea, and the Strongroom in Shoreditch, going it alone after that, whilst also doing a degree and Masters in Music Technology at London College of Music. I've been in a few bands (The Operators, Rob Cowen, Bluebell) but always found myself coming back to the studio environment where I've felt most comfortable.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's all about the song!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It varies massively. I've had most success with Indy/Pop, but I'm currently working on a Trap/Hip-Hop/Gospel crossover. I love working in different genres as it keeps things fresh and interesting, and there's always something I can bring to the table, and learn from the artists I work with too.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: In the main, Artists work with me more than once, which I take as something of a complement! Whilst I think this may be down to my technical ability, I also think that creating a comfortable environment in which to create is part of that too.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Having worked across several different genres, the brief is always different, so it's very much about listening to the client and what they're trying to convey. I then help make that vision a reality. It's often about interpreting what the artist is feeling, and applying that in a more technical way to the song, whether writing, producing or mixing.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I'm writing with an artist, we usually spend a day or 2 honing and tracking ideas. Taking the lead from the client, I'll then produce up the track(s) and submit a mix. The dialogue is always open with the artist, it's their song and I always want to do it justice.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: When I moved to East London a couple of years back, I set up my studio in my basement, but sound isolation was not ideal, so I moved into a purpose-built studio in my garden. I use my analog gear (Neumann Mic's, mind print and UA pre's) to get the best possible sound the my way in to my DAW of choice (Logic for writing, but I'm a big fan of Pro Tools and Ableton for other jobs). It's the perfect environment for tracking, producing and mixing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin as a writer/producer - whether you like pop or not, his ability to move with the times is phenomenal!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Songwriting, production and mixing