Music Production for Artists

What kind of Artist are you?

Singer - songwriter - solo artist - band member - duo - trio - quartet...?

Whatever your set-up as an artist, from a soloist or part of a larger group, I can accommodate all your production needs. From recording, sequencing and mixing to creative direction and arranging session musicians, I'm capable of seeing your project through from start to finish. Please see the relevant pages for details about all the above, but for now, here's a brief rundown:

Recording

The first thing you'll want to think about is doing some recording - whether you need to track your vocals or an acoustic guitar - or both at once - as well as most other acoustic and electric instruments, I've got you covered. Using a range of professional microphones suitable for a wide variety of sound sources, and applying multiple mic-ing techniques to feed high quality mic pre-amps in order to capture the best possible recording of your performance.

Sequencing

The composition of subtle musical accompaniments which work seamlessly to support and embellish your own instrumentation, to the creation of full backing tracks for vocalists and musicians of all kinds and genres. This is a specialist skill, which allows me to write music which perfectly suits your needs as an artist, from realistic string, brass and woodwind arrangements, including drums and percussion, pianos and other real-world instruments, as well as more modern synthetic and sample-based sound palettes.

Mixing

This is where we bring all your musical elements together, whether recorded instruments and vocals or sequenced synth and sampled audio, in order to make everything bright, present, rich and full - giving each aspect its own place in the stereo field, with it's own frequency range, resulting in a strong and clear mix. Mixing is half artistic preference and half technical application, which I try to balance to provide you with a mix that shines through.






Creative Direction


Producer or engineer?

For me, it's a matter of degree... Whenever I work on any project, even when I'm not acting as producer, I find it's often necessary to offer the odd suggestion. For instance, if a take could do with being redone or would benefit from a different approach, then I'll definitely bring it up. I may even suggest altering a particular sound or riff if I hear something that's not quite fitting with the track as a whole. 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.

Before we get started...

If you would like me 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 we're ready to hit the studio. The best way to kick that off is to watch you perform live, either at a gig, or in a practice studio - or better still, both!

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.

The next step is a giant leap

Allowing someone else to control the creative direction of your music, whether for just one track or an entire album, requires a leap of faith on your part. It's not an easy decision to make and you need to feel that you can trust the person you're working with. If you're not ready for that, we can always meets somewhere in the middle, as I'm always open to suggestions.

At the end of the day, if you really don't like my ideas, that's still your call - there's always a different direction you can take any project and I'll be happy to provide my expertise in order to help you realise your music to its fullest potential.

Please feel free to get in touch if you'd like to discuss your musical needs and aspirations in more depth - I'll be happy to help in any way I can.

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.



  1. This is a multi-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.