Why hire 3 people when you can just appoint a one-size-fits-all professional? As a musician, composer, editor and producer with over a decade of experience in the industry I have the ability to write a soundtrack, perform and record the composition and then edit and mix to broadcast quality.
I provide a wide variety of interlinking skills with an excellent understanding of the wider elements of a production which only serves to make everyone else’s life easier. When composing I can ensure the arrangement is realistic to someone’s recording budget. When recording I can make sure the tracks are clean, labelled and compatible with the technical specifications. When editing or mixing I can communicate with composers, musicians and producers clearly for a smooth workflow and help alleviate any potential technical pitfalls
A multi-instrumentalist who has played with an eclectic variety of bands spanning the genres of funk, folk, reggae, rock and electronica. Has performed innumerable live gigs across the UK and Europe playing guitar, bass, keys, synth, drums and live FX, including international festivals, television and live radio broadcasts.
Internationally published composer and producer, with works featured on UK and US television. Produced musical soundtracks for theatre productions, mobile apps, animations, corporate brands, advertisements and television shows.
Recorded, edited and mixed a variety of work for musicians, film makers, video game producers and entertainers. Including but not limited to, sound design, dialogue editing, ADR, live recording, audio restoration and mixing.
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Interview with Andy Gladwell
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Writing, creative production and mixing. I work for singer/songwriters looking to transform demos for release and for film makers looking for unique soundtracks.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Bird Noire - 1 0 3 I N T E R L U D E S. The second record of my current partnership with Jamie Bird - I co-wrote and produced this EP with the help of James Scott. We had the pleasure of utilising Neve and API preamps, a Teisco 60f, a Juno 106 and a whole host of beautiful gear that made the record shine in a way I'd never achieved before. An absolute joy.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Juno-106 (modified to be solar powered), my Fender Telecaster, a Vox AC30, a cassette 8-track recorder and a pair of headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I first had guitar lessons aged 12 and began in bands as all teenagers do, but around about age 17 I started messing round with a copy of Cubase on my home PC. After discovering a fondness for wacky sound design I moved to university and furthered the aforementioned fondness which continuing to play in various bands. After graduating I started to pick up freelance work - a soundtrack here, an audio-post mix there, and all the while still playing in various bands. All in all I've been doing this well over a decade.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Sound wrangling and transformation.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Spice, dynamic variation, curiosity and uniqueness.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: A humble Apple iMac sandwiched between a pair of KRK Rokit RP8's running off an Edirol FA-66. Inside the computer contains a wealth of high end professional sound libraries, VSTs and plugs in - Waves, SoundToys, FabFilter to name a few. Currently in my possession is a MiniMoog Voyager, a Korg DW6000, a restored 1973 Mk I Fender Rhodes and my beloved Fender Telecaster.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Brian Eno, Trevor Horn, 10CC, Prince, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, Miles Davis, the list goes on and on. Honestly, any artist who is constantly pushing boundaries and challenging limitations.