Matt Culpepper-Future Primate

Drums and Studio Writer

9 Reviews (1 Verified)
Matt Culpepper-Future Primate on SoundBetter

We are here to capture you’re future magic. The chemistry of performance is not designed but can certainly be captured Human interaction in creative pursuits is the greatest part of the process.

Hi all, I have been recording & writing professionally for 25+ years, I have worked on numerous records spanning many genres and love the diversity of the projects and albums I work on.
So many artists benefit from the experience I offer through collaborative work, more recently remotely in my purpose built production studio, alongside regular live recording sessions.
I am able to offer a full suite of recording and writing services, using my extensive sound libraries, instruments etc and also a large pool of trusted musicians that regularly come in for session work as required.
From concept to single, ideas to albums, beats , arrangements, melody and harmony....
....I love to write, create and capture the (sometimes) hidden magic in your work.
Please contact me with your ideas and concepts and I promise to get back to you as quickly as possible.
Many Thanks for taking the time to read... I look forward to hearing from you!

Matt - Future Primate Studio.

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9 Reviews

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  1. Review by Bill H.

    Matt provided amazing sounding drum tracks with excellent content and cool touches of originality.

    I have worked with quite a few drummers in the past 10 years and Matt’s sound definitely stands up with any of the top tracks that I have received.

  2. Review by Vinny Peculiar
    by Vinny Peculiar

    I discovered Matt's Future Primate Studio on a friends recommendation and have been finishing my new album with him, recording live drums [drummer's happy-a good omen] and doing a ton of edits, new guitars for old, percussion and fine tuning arrangements. The studio is spacious and well equipped, you can easily fit a band into the live room, the control room likewise. Matt pays great attention to detail in the mixing process whilst recognising the need to complete projects within any given time frame/budget. I'm really pleased with the results so far and would most certainly recommend.VP

  3. Review by Rian O'Grady
    by Rian O'Grady

    My old touring band worked with Matt a number of times over the years. He always made my drums sound fantastic (not to mention the rest of the band!) and was such good company offstage too. Great ear, great hang, very professional!

  4. Review by Michael Stockley
    by Michael Stockley

    Stormbringer have worked with Matt on numerous occasions up and down the country and no matter what venue we find ourselves in, Matt has always delivered a Wembley stadium sound!

    Reliable, professional and worth his weight in gold.


  5. Review by Mark Decloedt
    by Mark Decloedt

    My name is Mark Decloedt, former drummer of the UK band EMF. I have worked in A&R & Marketing for TAMA & Pearl Drums. I’ve been lucky enough to know Matt for over 20 years now and I can honestly say if I need any help or advice on anything regarding recording in the studio or live Matt is my go to guy. His level of expertise & knowledge is boundless. His work rate is like no other I’ve met in this industry, but most importantly it’s his passion & love for the music business that is so infectious and a joy to be around. There’s not a hurdle he won’t climb for you.

  6. Review by Danté Ware
    by Danté Ware

    I’ve shared a stage or two with Matt a few years back when I was touring internationally with a band. His personality is great! Very professional and approachable! Not to mention he’s also a great drummer!

  7. Review by Ethan C

    Matt is an absolute Professional in everything he does. I have worked with Matt a lot over the years and would always recommend him to any of my clients. As well as been an incredible Sound Engineer, his Producing, Writing and Drum playing skills are fantastic, always get the result we are looking for when working with him. His experience and knowledge of the industry are also a massive help. Always look forward to working with or along side Matt. Would 100% Recommend.

  8. Review by Kev Moore (Witch Cross, Christie, BC Sweet)
    by Kev Moore (Witch Cross, Christie, BC Sweet)

    Having worked with Matt in both live and studio settings, I can attest to his professionalism and efficiency and can certainly recommend him. A highly skilled engineer who will get you what you want.

  9. Review by Jon Paul Quantrill
    by Jon Paul Quantrill

    Jon Paul Quantrill - STORMBRINGER

    We have currently been using Matt as our FOH sound engineer when we came across him as a house engineer in a venue we played. He was outstanding and we always commented about him many months after the show. We had a tour booked and decided Matt would be a great fit for the tour, as it turned out he was. Great attention to EQ and made the entire sound of the drums and back line sing with such power and presence. A very well organised engineer and was a thorough joy to work with. Very professional on and off the stage.

Interview with Matt Culpepper-Future Primate

  1. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  2. A: Ethan Cronin

  3. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  4. A: Q. How long will it take to make a record? A. Records can be made in minutes and last a lifetime, records can take a lifetime to record but only last minutes, the ambiguity is not there as a trip hazard but based on my experience of the industry.

  5. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  6. A: The only genre I have not completed any projects on is opera, I did do a live session at Glyndebourne many years ago but not commercially, I love working across all styles, keeps it fresh.

  7. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  8. A: The last big commercial project was a live Blu Ray Anniversary Concert for the band EMF in which I was responsible for the live stage sound, audio capture and subsequent editing and production mixes of the audio for the Blu Ray/DVD release.

  9. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  10. A: Finalising the studio build, writing whilst touring as a live sound engineer.

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: Both are great, I combined the best of the best of both worlds.

  13. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  14. A: To extract and deliver the very best they can offer with patience, compassion and excitement,

  15. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  16. A: Continual variance and when it makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck and change your life forever.

  17. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  18. A: The Glamour 🤓

  19. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  20. A: What is your motivation for the project, album, single, career path...?

  21. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  22. A: Keep an open mind with any collaborative process, listen to ideas....then let the music speak.

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: Piano/keyboard, bass guitar, 8 trackrecorder, a 🎤 and 🎧

  25. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  26. A: ..I always wanted to do something, started out as a drummer in bands, progressed into production in the live area, then found myself working out of studios as a session drummer..naturally progressed into engineering and production.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: Quirky but commercial.

  29. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  30. A: Quincy Jones, I have admired his work and breadth of styles he has nailed.

  31. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  32. A: ...tough question.... but less is invariably more...think about the song not ‘your’ part.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Passionate about music.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I am less afraid to make mix choices and arrangement decisions than someone who can be ‘too’ involved in the project. This is not to kill their idea’s, but to allow the songs to breathe, having been fortunate to have worked alongside some world renowned producers and artists, over the years has given me a wide breadth of knowledge in this play.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: When writing, I tend to work quite quickly at the on set of an idea, sketching the bones of a composition, for me this keeps the ideas fresh and the inspiration snappy. When working with clients, I like to prepare in advance of the project, listening to demos of the band or artist, where possible I will take in a live show of the artists performance to gain better perspective of the raw product so as not to detract from their overall proposition, using their liege inspiration to engage and enhance their final product. Also handy to get ideas from the band to put in the pot, other artists they aspire too, things like that.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: The studio consists of 3 main areas, the control room is isolated from the live room and measures approximately 25 Sqm with natural daylight to enjoy, the heart of the system is a Vintage 40 channel Midas XL3 and meter bridge, the studio is connected via Mogami and van damme to Universal Audio Apollo 16 and Focusrite converters. I am a Mac based studio and use Logic and Pro-Tools as my daily drivers depending on what the project involves but will happily work in other DAW’s. I have a wide range of software synths and plug ins as well as a few hardware synths. I have multiple near and mid field monitoring from Dynaudio, Yamaha and JBL. The Live Room is approximately 50 Sqm and also benefits from natural daylight, sounds great to record in. The Vocal Booth continues the theme of natural daylight and measures approximately 7.5 Sqm. Microphones include Townsend Lab Sphere modelling mic, Sennheiser, Audio Technica AE range, thru to vintage Reslo, Biscuit & Ball. All cabling and connections are Van Damme, Kelsey and Mogami using Neutrik plugs.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: I enjoy many genres and styles, but stand out musicians for me would have to include, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Dave Grohl, Calvin Harris, Don Broco, The 1975, and Lower Than Atlantis. Producers would have to include, Quincy Jones, Trevor Horn, Hugh Padgnam, Bob Clearmountain.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I am currently managing live audio services for bands, more recently when I am not touring, I have built a studio and production suite to enable me to write music and record artists again. I have also recently completed several soundtracks and advertising music projects.

E.M.F - Unbelievable (Live Anniversary Edition)

I was the Mix Engineer & Producer in this production

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GenresSounds Like
  • The 1975
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Dua Lipa
Gear Highlights
  • Large Format 40 Channel Analogue Flagship Console
  • Premium UAD Processing
  • Dynaudio & Yamaha Monitoring
  • Townsend Labs Sphere L22
  • Purpose built natural daylight studio
  • B&K
  • Sennheiser
  • Shure
  • DPA
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  • Future Primate Studio Build continues, as UK Isolation kicks in...Mar 22, 2020

    Like many of us at the moment, self preservation is important, but so is ensuring others are looked out for too..

    I am continuing to build the music rooms during this period of isolation, it is very inspirational hearing nature over the usual general hubbub and traffic noises...

    I am still working on various music projects, via video or phone link ups... creativity never sleeps thank goodness....

  • KBB Euro Tour Cancelled due to travel restrictions from Covid 19.Mar 12, 2020

  • European Tour March 2020Feb 22, 2020

    Touring as a Front Of House Engineer for Kris Barras Band