I've been a producer, guitarist and bassist for several years. I graduated with a BA in Popular Music at Falmouth University, Cornwall. I've worked with international harpist Floralyn George, amongst many other bands and participated in a local project with A Blaze of Feather. I write in many genres.
I record in my home studio, using my Fender Cabronita/Faith Venus, extensive pedalboard and Fender Blues Deluxe amplifier, and use a Warm Audio WA-87 Condensor Microphone, as well as a tube pre-amp, to record.
I can record in most genres, with a particular experience in Indie, Rock, Folk and Pop styles. If there's anything specific you have in mind for the playing, send me the sheet music, or just give me an idea and I'll go from there. My rates are £53-£90 per song, depending on length.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Jake Wild
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creativity it allows me, with each project offering its own unique challanges.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make this sound larger-than-life? The answer is most often yes...but I can't do much about that if it's a single voice and guitar!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The debut song of my group SLOVV, 'Red Cheeks'. We had been struggling to find a direction to take the song, and I tore it down to the basics, and I rearranged it into a sparse slow jam, that I wrote the lyrics of, played keyboards on, and mixed and mastered
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on an EP of my own music, and numerous songs for my band Estrellas.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I do not know them personally, but I would highly recommend Matt Johnson as a drummer, as he has played on some of my favourite recordings of all time.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A combination of both is the ideal for me. The versatility of digital production makes it easy to rearrange and warp recordings in a way that is non-destructive and time efficient, but the colour that analog imparts is something not easily replicated in the digital realm in how it 'feels'.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll put the same eagerness and thought into your work that I do with my own.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Writing and producing isn't an instantaneous process, it's a continuous work to improve and refine one's disicpline.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your expected turnaround? Do you trust me to take the song where I think is best? Are you comfortable with me re-arranging the song to how you have it arranged currently?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have an idea in mind of what you want your song to sound like, but have an open mind to the uniqueness of me as a provider, which may take it in a slightly different direction.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb - Versatile amp, and I can crank it...I'm on a desert island after all! My Fender Cabronita - My voice on the guitar. Strymon Bigsky - All the spacial options I would ever need. Nord Electro 6D - Versatile keyboard/synth. Neumann U87 - A versatile condenser microphone that I'm accustomed to the sound of.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been gigging and writing music for about 7 years, and started uploading my own music onto Spotify 4 years ago. Much of my work, and those I've mixed, is produced entirely by myself, due to my diverse skillset. I currently work in music distribution and spend my free time producing music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is diverse - I have the taste and restraint to know when to play or mix minimally, and when to play densely and intricately.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Kevin Parker (Tame Impala). Many of his productions contain diverse influences, such that they take abrupt changes that I've not heard in any other productions; for instance, the middle section of 'Let It Happen', which emulates a skipping record, to transition to its next section in a very novel way.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Reverb and delay EQ is extremely important, and in a dense mix that uses a lot of spacial effects can be the difference between a muddy mix and one with clarity and separation between instruments.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: At the moment I am most commonly working on rock (and its subgenres), but have a lot of experience recording folk and R&B, and some in funk.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my arranging - of contemporaries of my level, my productions are frequently a stand-out due to their sense of dynamics and space, and in their harmonic and melodic choices.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I've got a strong sense of arranging and dynamics, knowing when to restrain and when to go all-out.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: In my productions I typically build from the rhythm section upwards, creating a song that hits hard, while it flows and builds, before adding the melodic elements, and space.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record primarily with a Warm Audio WA-87 into a tube pre-amp. I use a variety of guitars, such as my Fender Cabronita and Stratocaster, or my Faith Venus, or Freshman 12-string. I also have an extensive pedalboard that includes Strymon, Keeley, and Gamechanger Audio pedals.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jeff Buckley is a huge inspiration to me, as well as the DIY aesthetic of bands such as King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala. I love the clarity of sound and punch of an Andy Wallace production, or the psychedelic spaces of Kevin Parker, and the funky griminess of Vulfpeck.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly I mix rock and its sub-genres, as well as funk, folk and R&B. As a guitarist I am predominantly a rock guitarist, however I am adept in the aforementioned genres as well, and a great arranger.