From modern music production, mixes that standout and session quality musicianship. I have the necessary tools and skills to get your track song radio and online ready.
Will offers a range of different musical services including arranging, producing, mixing and session playing either in-person or remotely. He has previously played guitar and worked on projects for artists across the U.K. and North America.
Will Schollar has appeared in credits on numerous projects as a guitarist, mixer, producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist. Will has experience mixing and playing with artists within a range of genres and styles. Will's individual sound can differ greatly depending on the musical context, he describes himself as an "eclectic combination of modern ambient sounds while keeping with the client's vision of the project." His influences as a Guitarist include Johnny Marr, Ry Cooder, Johnny Greenwood and Jeff Beck. Styles covered include Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, EDM.
Graduating from Leeds College of Music in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts, gaining a first-class honours degree in Music Will studied Guitar as his principle instrument. He also has a postgraduate degree in Music Education from the Manchester Metropolitan University.
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Will Scholar is easily one of the most talented and hardworking musicians I know. I had the pleasure of working with him on an album I recorded a few years ago.
Initially Will was brought into the project as a lead guitarist. But I quickly realised that Will offered much more than that. His input musically to the arrangements were impressive to say the least. Furthermore, his dedication to the project was outstanding. You would be missing out on working with an excellent guitarist/producer/ all round musician by saying no to Will... Don't be an idiot!
Will has a great sensibility of modern production. His musical arrangements show attention to detail and respect the artist's vision. He has extensive experience in a variety of styles and makes sure to maintain the integrity of each song while offering his own personal touch. I know from experience that he's easy to work with, maintains great communication and shows the utmost care for every project he works on.
Will was super fun to work with. He took the raw vocals and harmonies and basic guitar track and turned the track on its head while still retaining the raw emotion of the song. I could not be happier with the finished song. He also did a radio edit for me and was super quick with the turnaround. I will work with Will again. He has great insight and ideas that really brought my song to life. Here is a link to the finished song - remember all I gave Will was vocals and guitar. https://youtu.be/KlfLHP00L5c
Will has what any great producer has, an intuitive sense for each song that he takes on. He creates and builds a unique production path for each song, project, or artist that truly reflects the overall project objectives, incorporating sounds and nuances that make for a stellar track. Beyond his strength as a producer - he is a seriously gifted guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. The level of passion he brings to each project coupled with his level-headed professionalism and accountable business sense make each project we on work on, successful ventures. And I look forward to more of that :)
Interview with Will Schollar
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production, mixing, arranging and session work. I work primarily with performers and songwriters.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Artists such as David Bowie, Andy Shauf, Father John Misty, The Beatles, Tame Impala and many others inspire me. I am most inspired by artists who have a story to tell, my job is to translate that medium and capture the moment.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently I work on a Mac Book Pro 15 inch, running the latest version Logic X. I am user of the UAD audio interfaces and the plugin platform. Range of plugins from Neve, SSL, Manley, Lexicon, Pulteq and many more. Alongside this I use the wide range of Waves plugins quite frequently. Samples from Toontrack and Slate digital, as well as many others from native instruments machine and massive.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Songs are arranged either from scratch or from existing project files, with a rough guide recording. Alternatively I can work with existing stems. Instrumental tracks can be given back to the performer remotely to then re record over. I am flexible with what ever works for the writer or performer.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring modern sensibilities to your track alongside clarity and separation within the song's mix. My expertise as a musician first allows me to embellish your ideas and add musical depth. I am a multi instrumentalist with a range of memorable timbres and sounds to fit any context. As a guitar player I offer a versatile combination of playing styles, from Folky acoustic guitar, funky pop guitar, ambient noise to Pink Floyd psychedelia.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: - File organisation. - Mixing and editing. - Tracking Guitars. - Tracking Bass Guitar. - Arranging instruments within a track. - Creating grooves and bass lines to fit your song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, Folk, Ambient, EDM.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Relaxed and open to artist's ideas.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone who is willing to work towards your end goal. Make sure the producer once finished gives you all the stems, project files and mixes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: MORE REVERB!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative and the goose bump feeling after making something from nothing. In general just crafting a sound.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Clear communication, attention to detail.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Best of each world.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A Pop ballad, glimmers of Adele.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Production is reduction. Space in a song is commonly overlooked.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Timber Timbre, Andy Shauf, Noel Gallagher, Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA. Would love to work on some kind of niche concept album.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Strymon Timeline. My Custom made Jazzmaster. Fender twin. Mac Book Pro. UAD Apollo.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a guitarist for many years with over 15 years of experience playing with bands. Teaching Music has been a large of my life in the past years. Eventually having a realisation on a plane journey back from Toronto, I realised I was getting paid to mix and produce music. Shortly after I decided to then concentrate on being a producer full time.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are you okay with using Google Drive?