Music That Moves People
After 30 years making music I'm still as inspired as ever when I hear or am asked to work on music that really moves me. Lyrically I love songs that speak to the depth of human experience: the challenges and the triumphs we all face both on a personal level and as the human race. I have worked with a lot of artists that write with socio-political messages about freedom, environmental sustainability, equality and the abuse of power. I also work with a lot of artists who connect deeply and honestly with their personal experiences and write in a way that moves people emotionally. I value both and perhaps ultimately they're the same thing.
Musically I love great melodies and interesting and evocative harmonic structure. I want the records I am involved with to reach the largest audience possible and I also want it to be unique and to push the boundaries of creativity. I always strive for great musicianship and singing, infectious groove and feel, and sonic clarity and originality.
Musical Depth and Experience
I am a multi-instrumentalist as well as an engineer, playing bass, guitar and keyboards. I sometimes play on the music I am producing and where needed I have co-written too. I also love to score for orchestra and have provided arrangements for strings, brass, woodwind and choir where needed on a lot of records over the years.
I bring to the table a huge amount of experience. But rather than expecting artists to record in a particular way, instead I utilize the best recording techniques to fully realize the artist's vision. I have done records live off the floor, or painstakingly overdubbed one part at a time. I have worked entirely organically and electronically. And have fused the two with great results.
The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts
I am also good at working with people. There's nothing better than when that collective creative energy starts to flow. I am easy going by nature, but I have high standards. I seek to encourage musicians, artists and studio staff to really push themselves and do the best work they are capable of. And I push myself too. I never quit. I always do whatever it takes to make the best music possible and I think this is reflected in the number of artists that have chosen to work with me multiple times. I always seek to make records that are unique, commercially successful and move people deeply.