Multi-Instrumentalist session musician, producer, composer and mix engineer. Recorded on tracks with artists such as Shy FX, Ms Dynamite, Tom Grennan, Chase & Status and more. Produced tracks for Rachel Kerry, Forryn, Oriana Curls and many others. Always on the look out to work with talented new songwriters and singers.
My background in playing in classical and jazz as a trumpeter, composing and arranging for various ensembles coupled with an education in audio engineering and production has made me a bit of swiss army knife when it comes to the music world.
As a producer I can cover many genres from electronic, pop to orchestral, and am happy to work with songs that are fully arranged that need that a final touch/guided arrangement, or help create a track from the ground up. I can quickly create the appropriate arrangement for you and your audience incorporating modern sounds (or vintage ones if needed!).
I can then mix your songs to a highly professional level ready for mastering utilising the latest processing software and an educated ear.
I can offer solo trumpet lines to spice up your track. - I also play sax and valve trombone and therefore can build an entire brass arrangement if a full sound is needed. Having recorded horns at my growing home studio for the last 8 years, the right gear has been acquired to get the best sound for a variety of particular genres.
I'm also a competent keyboard/pianist, bassist, guitarist and regularly record backing vocals.
I can also offer string arrangements, recently working on Sigala's track 'Came Here For Love' and JP Cooper 'Momma's Prayers' (Live at the Church).
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6 ReviewsEndorse Joe Rodwell
Joe is an incredibly gifted producer, musician, and artist. He took my rough demo and quickly gave it new life, depth, and a professional style and sound. Friendly, responsive, receptive to feedback all while pushing for something new and interesting. I would recommend Joe to anyone and will be working with him again in the future. Thanks!!
Joe went above and beyond and gave a whole new life to my song.
Joe is not only a superbly talented multi instrumentalist and world class producer with a great ear for a hook but he is also extremely approachable, positive and friendly. He explores small ideas and creates magic moments out of them - the exact chemistry an artist is looking for when bringing their songs to life.
Joe produced my album and gave so much great energy and perfectionism to every part of the process. I highly recommend working with him while you can!
I’ve been working with Joe for 8 years and ever since day 1 I’ve always enjoyed collaborating with him both in the studio and on stage. Joe is a superb, detail oriented, highly professional and trustworthy producer who always goes the extra mile. He’s produced 4 of my records and played live with me on many occasions and always delivered the best he possibly could.He’s a very versatile musician and he can play many instruments, making him a very complete music producer. Highly recommended!
Joe is amazing. He can take the smallest of ideas of a track and turn it into a sonic masterpiece. So easy to communicate with and develop chords and a top line into a full track together. He's a pleasure to work with and a wonderful collaborator.
I had the pleasure of working with Joe on numerous occasions and benefited greatly from his diverse expertise in the following ways:
Sculpting bare demos into new orchestral directions.
Efficiently editing and organising scratch recordings into clear headspaces in which to work clearly and progressively.
The mixing process.
Joe works with the utmost dedication and patience, encouraging creative development. He also possesses a passion for technology. He has invested in good quality and interesting equipment for your convenience and he knows how to use it to improve your sound.
Interview with Joe Rodwell
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both ha! Though I'd have to lean towards digital for the speed of play, computers make recall and sonic experiments much quicker. I tend to record through a good analog chain on the way in, and occasionally will run certain mix elements through it to give it some extra flavour. If we're talking synths, then I'm an analog man! Though recent digital instruments have been quite inspiring.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: So many to list! From the top of my head, Massive Attack, Bjork, Greg Wells, Sia, Serban Ghenea, J Dilla, Shy FX - many more!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Robin Pearkes, a great producer and a good buddy of mine.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Logistics make this tricky! Trumpet, Prophet 6, RME Babyface Pro, U87 and The best laptop money could buy (ideally with unlimited battery life haha)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It varies, but in today's world, music does! I'd say I usually work on music that is originally singer/songwriter, but with a tendency to mix the electronic world with live instrumentation - often ending in a cinematic sound
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my strongest skill is my breadth of knowledge. I am lucky to have had many different experiences growing up that have led me to be in the worlds of pop, jazz, classical, film scores, dance music as a playing musician, arranger, engineer - which ultimately led me to be a producer.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually, I'll get the song in whatever state it may be, whether it be a phone recording or half way done demo and map out the structure of the song in Logic Pro. I/we will listen to any references and I'll ask the artist about what the song means to them, and how they want the audience to react to it. If I receive the track before meeting the artist, I'll likely build a few production ideas up so we have a starting point or two to go from. We will then get a guide vocal down alongside my initial idea or a guide piano part, then go into the fun part of building the arrangement and choosing the sonic direction. After that it can go in different directions, whether we go record more live instruments at a bigger studio or refine the production ready for a final vocal recording.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've spent a good amount of time narrowing down my gear selections to the pieces that give me the most choice with the best quality and workflow efficiency. My main recording channel strip is Chandler Audio TG Mic>Focusrite ISA One>Coil Audio CA70>Maag Magmun K Compressor - These items offer a range of tones whilst remaining A* Quality. I then have a powerhouse of computer with many, many (many) software instruments and audio plugins. On the acoustic instrument front, I have a rack of guitars and basses one side and a rack of brass on the other so I can quickly grab and play in a live instrument line when it comes to mind!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing songs for artists, and often mixing the tracks ready for mastering.