BBC Single of the Week producer & indie specialist known for tight rhythms, infectious basslines and beautifully textured guitars
Hi, I'm Antony - I'm a producer, mixing engineer and musician from Scotland.
I offer first-class production, mixing and mastering services to indie artists from my studio, the Square9 Recording Co. My work has been featured as BBC Radio's 'Single of the Week' and has been played on radio stations all over the world.
My mixing style is influenced by my love for indie rock, pop and dance music - think tight beats, infectious basslines and beautifully textured guitars. My favourite artists include LCD Soundsystem, The War on Drugs, Modest Mouse, Spoon, The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie & Neutral Milk Hotel.
The Square9 studio is equipped with the best hardware and software.
I work with Logic Pro X, Arturia controllers, KRK monitors, BeyerDynamic headphones, Fender, Gibson & PRS guitars and Roland drums.
I use industry-leading effects and virtual instruments (NI Komplete, Arturia Collection, Serum, BIAS, Neural DSP) and I mix & master with plugins from FabFilter, Waves, Soundtoys, OekSound, Izotope, D16 Group & Valhalla.
Check out my work at www.square9.net and hit the green button if you'd like to chat.
I reply quickly and I am always eager to help!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
8 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Antony Paul
Quick turnaround and a good selection of options returned for mastering of an instrumental track. Great communication. Really happy with the result, thanks again.
It was a real pleasure to work with Antony. He did a great and meticulous job of editing the final track and I was very happy with the finished product. Patient, kind and a talented musician.
Antony is a pleasure to work with. He is hard working, committed and a very talented musician and producer. He is committed to delivering your vision. Catch him while you can.
It was fantastic to meet Antony. He has a very positive attitude to getting the work down and I cannot wait to work with him on my first album.
My second time working with Antony. Once again nothing bad to say. Does a good job understating what I want, seamlessly turns it into reality and does it in at extremely quick rate! Will be back!
Helped in every aspect. Both sonically and creatively!
I enjoyed working with Antony. I had a rough recording of some songs to bring to the studio and he was able to quickly create a range of options to work with. This helped in providing a good foundation to record the song. He provided good insights into what was working and what wasn't in a positive way which helped us edit and rearrange and improve the finished product.
He has a good knowledge of music which was especially helpful when we were looking to create a feel for each part of the recordings.
Antony has been supporting my band, Seafern since early this year. As well as being a great friend he has been very professional and passionate in his delivery of quality sound recording and production. He explains things really well for us novices and shares the same level of interest in the music. He cares about the finished product and spends time getting even the smallest issues resolved. His communication style is welcoming, assertive and directing. Working with him, you feel supported and his ability to consider options for how the song develops is particularly helpful for musicians.
Interview with Antony Paul
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A song called RANG WI ME that was released in 2018. I co-wrote, produced, mixed and mastered the track. It became my band's most popular song and was featured as 'Single of the Week' on BBC Radio in the UK.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Projects for my mixing/mastering clients and my band 'Mickey 9s'.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I have been obsessed with music since I was very young. It's not really a 'job' for me. But - to answer the question in the spirit it was intended, I like supporting the artist's creative process and helping them achieve what they set out to do.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity, mad mixing skills, ideas, honesty and a desire to help the artist out as much as possible!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I fake analog using digital. So, both?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm a creative producer and a meticulous editor and mixer. I like to share ideas with the artists I work with to make sure that we end up with the absolute best version of the track. No song leaves this studio until I'm confident that we've done exactly that!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think there are clearly defined boundaries and music professionals don't like to overstep them. This is normally true, but it's not the way I work. In all probability - if you hire me - I will be a producer, mixing engineer, mastering engineer, session musician and music consultant for your project. If it turns out that you need a bassline, I'll just play the bassline. Simple! And no, it won't cost you extra.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. What's your objective with this piece of music? 2. How will it be released (as part of a larger project, etc)? 3. How many stems are in the project? 4. Have the stems been tuned, cleaned and volume balanced? 5. Do you have a hard deadline?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't hesitate to ask questions if you are unsure about anything. Music is my passion, I love talking about it and I am more than happy to help you out.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender Tele Deluxe Jazz Bass Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal Marshall Amp Drum Machine
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a professional musician for over 10 years and a producer for the past 4 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Sound: tight, punchy, textured Mixing: clear, spacious, subtle Character: approachable, friendly, helpful, assertive
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) because he effortlessly bridges the gap between human emotion, raw natural instrumentation and electronic sounds. I'd love to work on a song that covers all these bases.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Keep it simple - don't spend too long searching for the perfect tone. Identify what's great about your idea, get it down, stay creative. Tweak it later.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie stuff - rock, pop, electronic.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1. Listen and ask questions to understand the objective. 2. Listen to a rough demo and make a mixing plan. 3. Highlight and improve the strongest elements of the mix - bring out the best in the song. 4. Does the song need additional elements? Create/play them. 5. Can the structure can be improved to make the song more exciting? Improve it. 5. Does the song need additional samples to beef up the rhythm or add sparkle? Add them. 6. Final mix and master. 7. Sleep. 8. Listen back with fresh ears, tweak, and deliver to the client. 9. Make revisions (if required) until the artist is happy with the master. 10. Make a note to listen and share the song on release day!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The Square9 studio is equipped with the best hardware and software. I work with Logic Pro X, Arturia controllers, KRK monitors, BeyerDynamic headphones, Fender, Gibson & PRS guitars and Roland drums. I use industry-leading effects and virtual instruments (NI Komplete, Arturia Collection, Serum, BIAS, Neural DSP) and I mix & master with plugins from FabFilter, Waves, Soundtoys, OekSound, Izotope, D16 Group & Valhalla.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: LCD Soundsystem, The War on Drugs, Modest Mouse, Spoon, The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Stone Roses, Daft Punk
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production, mixing and mastering of 'Indie Rock/Pop' and 'Indie Electronic' songs.