Leeds and York-based session bassist and live sound and studio engineer offering remote mixing and mastering for new and upcoming artists.
Will first started playing piano at the age of 6 and soon progressed to playing acoustic guitar and violin at primary school. As different opportunities presented themselves, Will then went on to teach himself electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, production and post-production.
Will is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Electronics Engineering with Music Technology Systems at the University of York.
Will’s main genres are jazz, funk, soul, disco, Motown, pop and folk but is very flexible and has a good knowledge of most genres.
** Please note the sample audio is a project which I mastered but did not perform or write. For other projects, see SoundCloud playlist **
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Interview with Will Pitchfork
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: At home, I have a stereo studio set up including ADAM Audio T7V monitors, Focusrite 18i20, Behringer X-Touch control surface, electric drum kit, percussion pads, MIDI keyboard, Roli Seaboard and TC Electronic BH550 head. I run a MacBook Pro with Logic and Ableton and have loads of (too many) plugins!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on remote production and composition with one of my jazz big bands. A very hard thing to do in lockdown!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: If you're looking for a session guitarist, message Jamie Ellis!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise I will do whatever I can to make you happy! If you're not happy with what I send to you, tell me and I will change it or offer you your money back.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it is something that can be rushed and done quickly. A lot of time, energy and passion goes into creating great music and that can't be rushed!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you talk to the provider you are considering and make sure you know what they are offering you. They may look very cheap to start with but if you're not happy with the final product, you will only have to pay again!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My usual genres are jazz, funk and soul but after having years of experience I can turn my hand to most things.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'd say my strongest skill is being a motivated perfectionist. I know what I want to achieve and I won't stop until I've got there! This may mean it takes a little longer but it's worth it in the end!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The first step to achieving what is required is to understand exactly what it is you're wanting from your project. For example, if you are wanting a mix or master do you have any reference tracks? If you are wanting session bass, what sort of bass playing do you have in mind? We will first discuss all of this before undertaking any work.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My work varies but has mostly been bass and live sound services and recently branched out into mixing and mastering and remote working.