I’m Scott Poley, a Producer, Session Musician, Engineer and Songwriter that helps musicians to create, produce & enhance their music.
As a Producer and Session Musician with 20 years experience, it's all about the song - I like to add parts to enhance the music, not take over. My remote recording service is a cost effective way to add world class guitars & steel to your project.
I record my parts through a selection of high end pro audio equipment (see list below for more info).
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Electric Guitar - 6 String | 12 String | Baritone | Bass VI | Slide
Acoustic Guitar - 6 String | ‘High Strung’ | 12 String | Nylon
Percussion - Tambourine | Shakers | Congas
Associated Artists - Liam Gallagher | Cherry Ghost | Peter Asher | Joe Topping | Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac | Cara Luft
Education - BA (Hons) in Sound Technology from Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts (LIPA).
Endorsements - Sennheiser | Collings Guitars | Little Walter Tube Amps | Kemper | Newtone Strings | Cosmic Ears | FU Tone
Clients - The Voice (UK) | Amilla Fushi (Music Producer / Show Producer for 6* Maldives Resort) | Native Instruments | Gothic Instruments (Dronar) | Warner Music |
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27 ReviewsEndorse Scott Poley
Has great quality in his work and a good ear for music. I am beyond satisfied with the final product and see myself working with Scott in the future!
Scott has featured on two of my tracks and has been nothing but professional both times. Always has time to discuss any issues and does exactly what is asked in stellar time. A top notch professional.
Scott is a delight to work with, and went above and beyond on a very tight deadline to really nail the brief. He brings creativity and understanding to projects and is a joy to be around, not to mention a cracking player. Big big recommendation.
I've known and worked with Scott for many years now and we have played on countless records together. Both on the stage and in the studio he is a consummate professional who always delivers and goes above and beyond for both his clients and fellow musicians.
He is a phenominal musician/arranger/producer and is simply the most versatile studio guitarist I've ever had the pleasure of working with.
(Also, while not strictly a musical endorsement, it also bears mentioning that he's an absolutely lovely guy and a wicked cook too...)
Scott is the definitive professional. I have worked on many tracks with Scott, both in large studios and remotely from his own set up, the part writing, execution, tone and recording are always top grade. Scott brings a great deal of creative inspiration to the table and is a pleasure to work with. He is (and I'm not alone) the go to guy for my studio.
This guy is incredible. Tone, playing, feel. He’s got it all. Cannot recommend Scott enough and he’s also a great guy!
I have been working with Scott in live situations as well as in the studio. He played on songs I was producing and I worked on songs he produced. MDing a live show, producing songs for other people or recording guitars as a session player... No matter what role he is in he fits right in and knows how to make the project work. And he is a super nice guy to be around so very highly recommend him for your next project. Oh and don't be fooled, it doesn't need to be country, he can handle pretty much anything you throw at him.
I've worked with Scott extensively over the years, both live and in the studio. Whether in the role of producer, arranger, MD or multi-faceted session musician, he always brings his A-game, and his presence elevates any project he is involved with.
On a personal level, Scott is one of the most thoughtful, generous and supportive individuals I've had the pleasure of knowing, and it's an honour to call him a friend.
I’ve worked with Scott on a few remote recording projects. His pedal steel is up there with all the Nashville greats. He compliments my tracks beautifully, understands what I’m requiring and enhancing that further. The subtleties of his work are just phenomenal. Look forward to more work with Scott in the very near future.
Scott smashed the EP project with his commitment to the project. Effortless and quick Guitar work adaptable to the vibes we were after. Scott's pedal Steele playing and gear was stunning and a highlight. Scott had a wide range of amazing equipment from guitars, pedals and his knowledge of hardware, software and instruments is impressive. One of the best our there basically. On a personal note he's a too lad and a joy to be with in the studio. Can't recommend him enough. MRM
Scott is among the most talented multi-instrumentalists you could ever imagine working with. He played pedal steel on a track of mine and provided me with exactly what I needed and more. Don’t hesitate to reach out to him, he’s a great addition to any project and you’ll be extremely pleased with his work.
We'll like the other five star reviews I've just read Scott is a bit special. Amazing guitarist and pedal steel player bringing just the right amount of colour and flavour to any song he plays on. Inventive, engaging and in complete control of his chosen instruments and studio recording desk. A musician,technician,engineer,producer of exceptional quality. It's hard to go wrong. I must also mention his ability to pull a team together. If you need a whole band he can book them in, organise the band of crack muto hit tto ground running because he's teed up the songs, and you just watch them go!
Scott is a force of nature! Not only is he a brilliant & verstile musician, producer & arranger, but he's a thoroughly decent, funny and engaging chap! We asked Scott to produce our "Powder & Shot" album some years back. His attention to detail, ability to connect with the musicians and his passion for the project resulted in a recording that exceeded everyone's expectations! He also played on a number of the tracks...did I mention that he's a brilliant musician!?
I've done a whole bunch of fiddle sessions at Scott's studio over the years and they've been consistently fun, fruitful and even educational! Scott knows exactly how to get the best out of you, when to push and when to call a tea break. He 100% knows his stuff but it is this quality that sets him apart in this field.
For our latest album we had Scott record some pedal steel parts remotely at his studio. He is a professional joy to work with. From his communication with us beforehand over what we'd like from the parts to the session being delivered to us promptly. It was so tastefully played that his parts on the final product effortlessly blended in like a member of the band which was everything we hoped for and more!
When Scott started working on my first project it was evident that i was in the hands of someone truly gifted in playing & arranging. I have now worked with Scott several times now. His preparation and abilities are truly first class, never failing to impress and has a wonderful knack of taking your suggestions to a level way beyond you think were possible. Not only that he's a lovely guy to work with as well. Simply the Best
I first met Scott at Parr Street Studios when recording my first album. I was so impressed with his guitar playing and pedal Steel playing, I just knew I had to ask him to work on my 2nd album. This time, I did not need to go into the studio because I asked Scott to record the guitar, bass and pedal steel instruments from his private studio. I don't play an instrument, I can only strum a few chords on the guitar. Just from hearing those chords and my vocals along with it, he made the song come alive. I was blown away by the end results. I cannot recommend Scott enough. PURE TALENT!
On top of being one of the most accomplished and talented guitarists and pedal steel players I’ve ever worked with, Scott’s knowledge of production, songwriting and arrangement brings huge value to any project. He’s also one of the nicest guys and super professional 100% of time. Can’t recommend enough!
Scott is without doubt one of the most talented musicians I have ever encountered. I don’t think it is unrealistic at all to say he is without doubt a virtuoso of guitar and pedal
steel apart from his all round multi instrument abilities. He was a joy to work with when he produced our album, Behind the Masquerade. His wisdom and advice was invaluable and his instrumental contributions just mind blowing. We will be working with him very soon on a new project when we can all meet again. In my humble opinion the guy is a genius and above all a really nice fella!
Scott brings more to your project than you can imagine from this quick review. His talent brought our album alive in ways that would not have been possible without him. From arranging, production ideas, playing both lead guitar and pedal steel, he was brilliant across the board. We look forward to working with Scott in the future and would highly recommend him to you.
Scott really can do it all - production, engineering, composition/arrangement and exceptional instrumental skill. But the thing that really sets him apart from the rest is his passion for music and the sheer joy of creating something special. Working with Scott is always a deeply enriching experience and I would certainly urge anyone looking for input on their project to get in touch with him!
Scott is one of the most talented musicians I've ever worked with, he was kind enough to record pedal steel on a song I wrote and when I heard it, it made me cry happy tears because it was so beautiful. He seemed to know exactly what I wanted before I did 🙂
He is such a nice guy and a true professional, and I hope I get the opportunity to work with him again.
I had the pleasure of recording at Scott's studio in September 2017, such a chilled environment and loved every minute of my time there, got great results and look forward to recording at his studio again in the near future.
Scott is one of the most talented producers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with; his creativity, musicianship and engineering skills are all exceptional! I’ve worked with him on countless tracks and he never fails to bring a special magic to each and every project. I highly recommend getting in touch!
Hugely impressive musician and importantly - person. Completely thorough in what he’s done for me in adding instrumentation and that all importantly sparkle to the projects I work on. Scott will always be my go-to muso!
Scott’s tones and feel are top of the range. He always delives in a quick and professional manner. 👍👍👍
Scott recorded pedal steel and baritone guitar on 3 songs for me, he's brilliant. Great service I highly recommend Scott
Interview with Scott Poley
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production (Americana / Country / Blues / Rock) - I like recording great songs with authentic sounds, real instruments played by great musicians. // Online Remote Recording Sessions - Guitar / Pedal Steel / Lap Steel / Dobro / Mandolin / Ukulele
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I played Pedal Steel Guitar on a track for Liam Gallagher's (Oasis) last album "Why Me Why Not?". It's an amazing song written my friend from Cherry Ghost Simon Aldred. I was honoured to add some Pedal Steel to the track, the part I played is not how most steel guitar player would approach the instrument, but I think it works great in the context of the track.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: 3 new tracks featuring the string section of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and band. There's some tasters of the project on my profile audio demo.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Jesse Eigen - great London based bass player / MD / songwriter, he makes a fine coffee too.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Good music is created my great musicians, you can capture great music on an iPhone. Analog is great, I love tube amps, vintage guitars and old German microphones as much as anybody, but digital is great too and allows the modern music industry to function and thrive.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I treat your music with the same integrity as my own. I will do everything I can to make your music the best it can be.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q - "I want my track to sound more country, I think it needs some slide guitar, can you do that?" A - Absolutely - I can record pedal steel / dobro / lap steel / slide guitar, whatever the track needs, often multiple parts. Q - "I want to progress my music to the next level, can you help" A - Absolutely, let's book in a free 20 minute Skype consultation to discuss it. Q - Will you record on my track for $20. A - Not a chance.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "You're from England, surely you don't understand / can't play country music".
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you hope to achieve? What references do you have for your project?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'll do everything I can to help you make the best music you can make. If you like classic tones, drop me a message and let's talk about your project.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Telecaster / Pedal Steel / Tweed Fender / Martin Acoustic / Ribbon Mic (plus I'd sneak in a recording setup in my carry on).
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 20 years as a full time musician / producer / engineer / songwriter
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bonnie Raitt - she's one of the best vocalists and guitarists on the planet.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Choose melodic hooks that fit with and enhance the melody. No instrument should overwhelm an arrangement.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Country / Blues / Americana / Rock / Bluegrass / Pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Production / Arranging.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: At the beginning of every project, I discuss the client's hopes and ambitions for their project and what they want to achieve from my involvement. The process will change depending on the clients needs - contact me to discuss your project.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I make music that sounds like the records we all love. Whether it's country or more R&B-flavored, I'm still looking for soul.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I provide parts that fit into the production of a song, with great tones that enhance the mix, I don't over play (unless that's what the client wants). I am a trained studio engineer, so all my parts will be recorded to industry standard quality.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have many different guitars, amps and pedals to suit all styles. I record with a variety of high quality mics (Neumann, Royer, DPA, Shure) into pro audio equipment (Universal Audio interface with various outboard preamps - Neve, UA, API). For each instrument, I send a dry, DI signal and processed (through an amp / effects) signal .
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Producers - Mutt Lange / Rick Rubin / Glyn Johns / George Martin / Gus Dudgeon / Ethan Johns / Dave Cobb / Jeff Lynne // Guitar - Mike Campbell / SRV / George Harrison / BB King / Bonnie Raitt / Sonny Landreth / John Jorgenson // Pedal / Lap Steel - Paul Franklin / Tom Brumley / Ralph Mooney / David Lindley / Buddy Emmons / Al Perkins