Creative direction

As your producer, my job is to steer your sound in the right direction. I'll be there to guide you during the recording process, making suggestions and offering advice at every step. I can help you to develop your style by tightening up your performance in the studio environment.

I can also create backing music or accompaniments through digital or analogue sequencing or by arranging for session musicians to add another dimension to your music. I may even suggest slight alterations to the structure of your tracks, if I feel it could improve the track's impact.

Below are a few example tracks for which I have been lucky enough to be the producer from start to finish. Some are part of a larger project, while others were worked on as an single track.

Producer or engineer? A matter of degree...

For me, when I work on any project - even when I'm not acting as producer - I find it impossible not to offer the odd suggestion. For instance, if a take could do with being redone or benefit from a different approach or I may suggest altering a particular sound or riff. That kind of advice is needed now and again - and it's a normal part of the work I do as an engineer - but, the decision is always yours.

However, if you would like me truly to take on the reigns of your project in the role of your producer, I'll need to get a feel for your music before beginning the production process>. The best way to kick that off is to hear you perform live, either at a gig, or in a practice studio - or better still, both!

Example Production tracks:

  1. Dipped is the culmination of a project which began about 5 years before the track was finally completed. This song has been through half a dozen stages of gradual development in sporadic surges of creative alteration. Each stage has allowed the music to progress a little more, with moments of inspiration pushing the evolution of the track forward until it reached its current state.

  1. I worked with David on an entire album (twice), firstly creating him sequenced drums and rhythmic backings to support his acoustic guitar, vocals and a session musician providing harmonies and cello. The 2nd incarnation of the album was much more involved, requiring considerably more sequencing and multiple session musicians, as can be heard in this track, More Than This.

The next step is a giant leap

Once I've heard you play in an environment where you feel comfortable and where you can shine, I'll start to form a picture of how you could sound when properly recorded and mixed. I'll also start getting inspiration for how to adapt your sound to make it as appealing as possible to your potential listeners.

Production essentially means allowing me to control the creative direction of your music, whether for just one track or an entire album. I suppose it requires a leap of faith on your part, but I'm always open to suggestions and if you really don't like my ideas, that's absolutely fine - we can always take the project in a different direction.

Please feel free to get in touch if you'd like to discuss your musical aspirations in more depth.

More example Production tracks:

  1. I love this band - they're so raw and sharp, and their tracks are a really punchy, melodic brand of ska-punk. All the guys are incredible musicians - the drums are fast and accurate, as is the bass, while the guitarist is a fantastic singer-songwriter, with a real edge to his material. I wanted to bring all these essences out in the production of their 3 track demo.

  1. This is muli-faceted piece of music, heavily entrenched in the funk-soul genre, but with a more modern perspective. I wanted to bring out a bit of a different feel in the production, using 11 different vocalists to sing the chorus' call-and-response. I also involved a couple of session musicians by introducing some powerful djembe and Rhodes piano parts in the latter section of the tune, as well as some filtered samples of the guys talking gibberish during an unrelated recording session, messing around in the studio.