Alternative & Indie
I'm award winning Music Producer from New Zealand, currently based in London. I specialise in writing and production for artists and labels, scoring and sound design for film and video. I have worked with Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga), Wayne Miller, and many more.
I work on a case by case basis with artists and their needs / budgets.
My main project is a band called Skymachine, and is a good indication of the style and standard that I work at with my production and mix.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Brydon
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: All the latest Skymachine music that has been released I write, produce, and mix myself, and that to me is something I'm quite proud of.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A couple of remixes, a reggaeton project, a few pop singles, and a new body of work for my project Skymachine.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: For creating, I like both. For mixing, digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I work my hardest until I'm happy with it. There's no 'hourly rate', just a dedication to getting it done as good as we can get it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Meeting amazing creative people, it's always different, and the flexibility to work on different projects.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals, what are your references.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do your research, ask a lot of questions, and know exactly what you want.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: my strat, my acoustic, and probably nothing else.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for about 10 years now. I was based in Los Angeles for a while writing for big studios, but enjoy being freelance and doing my own thing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A 1980's Thunderbird driving through the LA streets on a Tuesday night.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: M83. I just think it would be a fun session.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Work quickly and don't overthink things too early. There is a magic that comes when you're in the moment, and that can be killed by trying to get everything right from the get go.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A lot of alt - pop, indie, and alternative music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Working with drums, groove, and writing strong hooks and melodies.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Definitely a unique flavour. I don't like doing things straight ahead, and that's why artists choose to work with me.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to get a groove first. When things feel vibey, things start to fall naturally into place. From there I like to focus on the vocal and build everything around that.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Depending on where I'm working from, it's mainly in the box these days, although I have access to a range of outboard gear and tools. For production, I have a range of synths including a Juno 106, a vintage Strat, and some other toys.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I listen to a lot of classics for inspiration in terms of composition and production. Anything that still translates today from the last 50 years you can learn a lot from. Bee Gees, M83, Beck, Whitney Houston, Kendrick Lamar, The 1975, The Naked and Famous, Tame Impala, Fleetwood Mac
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do a lot of production and songwriting for artists, as well as taking a demo or basic idea and fleshing it out to a fully formed piece.