The Inscape is a music production, songwriting and composition collective run by Michelle and Dop. We're all artists and musicians in our own right, which is why we approach the process from the angle that we feel the industry is missing.
With a combined experience of 30 years living and working in the music industry, we specialise in writing and producing music for underground artists. We’re interested in working with artists who want to experiment with their sound and find what it is that makes them unique. Our goal is to not only work for the artists, but alongside them.
We offer full productions, mixing, songwriting and session musician work.
Dop - Producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. From cinematic pieces for Film & TV Synchronisation to Neo-Soul and Alt-Pop, Alex has worked alongside many artists including those who have gone on to sign deals with Decca, Instrumental Management and Ayita.
Michelle - Songwriter, Artist, Vocalist and Graphic Designer, Shell is a versatile creative who mixes her fine art and design skills in conjunction with her musicianship to create artwork and events. She is a versatile songwriter with experience writing in contemporary genres from Pop and R&B, through to Avante-Garde, experimental music.
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Interview with The Inscape
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's the purpose of the project? Are we making it for commercial or artistic reasons? Every project needs something different and understanding what makes a project unique gives you chance to make it the best that it can be.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Tee - Pop, Gospel and R&B is my daily bread, but I love working with singer-songwriters in the Folk world, too. Dop - I work with a lot of Alt-Pop artists. The fact that Billie Eilish is the biggest artist in the world right now is very helpful for me. That said, I have a real passion for film music and composition which can seep into everything I do. Michelle - I usually write with Pop artists, however, because mainstream Pop is so influenced by underground genres these days, everything tends to have a slightly...'left' feel to it, which I love.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Tee - "Making a track that fits the artist, rather than the artist fitting the track." Dop - "Creating a strong theme and narrative for the song. I get told that a lot of what I produce sounds very cinematic, but I think that's just because we paint a vivid picture with the track." Shell - "Melody is probably what I bring most to the table but, to be honest, I feel my strongest skill lies in lyrical concepts. Powerful, poignant lyrics that focus on something from a unique point of view is what connects us more to one song than another, and I love finding that point of view for new artists."
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: All three of us bring different things. Tee has a real knack for chord arrangement, drums and finding a unique sound to start of a process. Dop's speciality lies in finding the narrative of the piece, developing a theme and strong identity. Michelle not only brings great melodic ideas to the table, but brilliant concepts and lyrical ideas, which she bounces off the team to craft the perfect lyric.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For us it's all about letting the idea come out. We love finding an artist's sound and developing it. We'll start by listening to lots of references and talking about the music that is inspiration for the project, then, if we're starting the writing process from scratch, we'll let an instrumental develop naturally from there. If we diving straight in to production, we'll start getting together the sounds of the piece (synths, drums, vocal sound, FX) and start building from there. We worry about the 'boring' (but important) technical parts later, because we don't want to interrupt the creative flow and process.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We run two set ups that gets the most out of our studio space in London. It's a really unique space, so, we have one completely soundproofed pod and then another set up under a mezzanine, both surrounded by synths and instruments that constantly inspire us with the best quality.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: True creatives like Andre 3000 and James Blake inspire us every day because they are so unique and themselves. However, so do mavericks like Rick Rubin who can turn a hand to anything and adapt purely through their love of all things musical.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing and songwriting singles and EPs what upcoming artists tends to be our day to day. That's the stuff that we love getting our teeth in to, although it's not the only thing that we enjoy doing.