Hi there! I'm James Yuill. I've been working in the music industry for over 10 years. Writing, producing and mixing Electronic, Dance and Leftfield Pop for myself and other artists.
Over the course of my career I've released multiple albums and Eps for solo projects that have had more than 11 million Spotify streams.
I've recently collaborated with a range of artists across many genres which have collectively been streamed over 1.5 million times.
I've had tracks featured on Love Island, Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Scrubs, The Inbetweeners and Dead Pixels
I've also been lucky enough to work with some amazing producers too. Mousse T, X-Press2, Dirty Vegas & Catz 'N Dogz. And had the pleasure of providing official remixes for the likes of Erasure, M83, Miami Horror, Kraak & Smaak, Mint Royale, David Holmes, Bright Light Bright Light, Au Revoir Simone, Anoraak and more. All mixed by me.
I'd like to offer my services to you.
Get in touch and tell me about your project.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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I've worked with James on a few tracks now and LOVE his production on every one. He has the ability to really bring songs to life; finding the perfect balance between heartfelt emotion and hard hitting punchiness. I feel safe in the knowledge that when I work with James, I’m going to end up with a great song but more importantly, i’m really going to enjoy the process along the way. We recently wrote a track together from scratch (lyrics, top-line & production) and I think it's one of my best tunes to date. He creates a great vibe in he studio and is very professional & reliable!
I have had the pleasure of working with James on multiple projects. He always brings something super-interesting and unique, whether writing, producing or mixing. Very easy-going, but focussed when necessary, it’s always a pleasure to be in his company too. Would highly recommend.
Interview with James Yuill
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working with a lot of solo artists at the moment, but trying to find time for my new project called cable tv.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Tricky question. For a long time I've been working 'in box', but for my last album I sent a lot of the midi out to external synths and it added an extra dimension that was missing from my previous album. I now do this as standard. Writing a part either on an external synth or sending out an existing midi track to one.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Charli XCX. I think she has the perfect mix of experimental and pop.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I do a lot of pitching up/down of organic elements. Shakers normally go down, piano normally up. It depends on the sound I'm going for. But that's usually my get out of jail free card.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If it's collaborating with an artist/vocalist, I tend to list to their references, or tracks they're currently enjoying. I then come up with some simple ideas in Ableton and we build things up from there. When I come to mixing things I always find it best to start with the beats. probably not conventional, but there you go. I like to make sure they really sound great and then see how some of the lower elements fit around them, for example the bass. This is probably where I spend most of my time. I then move onto the vocals and make sure they're all sitting right. Then it's a case of bringing the other elements in and EQing where necessary.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Someone said recently that I'm good at leaving space for the vocals to breathe.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Dance mainly, but my own music is heavily song-based and usually features an organic element, like an acoustic guitar or similar.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: In my artist career I'm known for mixing acoustic songs with electronic production. I started out deeply obsessed with Nick Drake and Elton John. Once I'd been introduced to music production, I soon found dance music and my taste diversified to encompass some pretty extreme techno. This appreciation for a great song, but also a great kick drum shaped the music I create.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I know a fellow songwriter/producer and mixer called Charlie Westropp. I would definitely recommend him. He's been in the industry for a long time and knows his stuff. I've worked with him a number of times and am always happy at the result.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Through a mutual friend I managed to get Roland from Tears For Fears into a studio to record some vocals for a song I'd written. It was for a project that I unfortunately never released, but it was amazing to not only meet him, but to work with him on something I'd written!