Music Producer

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What Is A Music Producer?
Music Producer can mean different things to different people, and even different genres within the music industry. Simon Moro is a music producer in the traditional sense: Someone who oversees the entire music production process, and is responsible for bringing the project together. This may involve covering several aspects of the project including:
Creative: Song selection, refining songs (structure, arrangement, tempo…), additional composition, recording, and editing, mixing, mastering.
Business: Allocating budgets, creating timelines, sourcing crew such as session musicians and arrangers, hiring special equipment and instruments, etc.
How is Simon different from other Music Producers?
Aside from training with some of the industry’s best including Michael Brauer (Rolling Stones, Coldplay, John Mayer, Grizzly Bear) and David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Jeff Buckley, Imogen Heap, Ragina Spector), Simon has developed an artist focused approach to music production.
As a music producer, Simon is most excited about helping an artist to realise their creative vision and reach their musical goals. After countless conversations with artists who’d worked with other music producers, Simon noticed a common thread: Very often a music producer will push an artist in a direction, for whatever reason, and in the end, the artist feel underwhelmed, and disconnected from the final result.
As a music producer, Simon acts as a bridge between the artist’s vision, and what comes out of the speakers.
The Process
I tailor production differently for each artist. My initial conversations will help me to assess the best approach, that will fast-track your career, and provide the most value for money.
Determine Approach
The scope of work for production is so varied. Some people are ready for artist development, others are ready for that big-budget “Let’s make our mark” project, and anywhere in between. I help artists determine the best way to invest in their production, focusing on career and ROI.
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Pre Production
After determining the approach, pre-production is where we select songs, work on demos, develop sounds and map out the plan for production. This may also include writing charts, booking studios and musicians.
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Production and Mix
When pre-production is solid, actual production can be quite fast! An EP could be turned around in as little as a few weeks, ready for launch! This phase is for recording, programming, editing, mixing and mastering.
Project Stages
  • Project Brief
    Exploring the project
    The first step is getting to understand what your goals are, factoring in the results you want for the songs as well as the sound.
  • Proposal
    Scope and costs
    After learning about the project and discussing your needs, Simon will put together a scope of work, including costs, timeline and approach.
  • Pre Production
    Getting started
    The next step is planning. The pre-production phase will differ from project to project, but typically includes: Picking the best songs to work on, checking/changing song form and tempos, creating playlists of great references for sound, recording demos, scheduling and booking studios and session players.
  • Arrangements and Charts
    Final preparations
    Once the demos are complete, we finalize arrangements and write charts. Having charts makes recording sessions a lot more efficient, with session players often nailing the perfect take within 20-30 minutes, or 'just a few takes'. If you are playing the instruments, you don't need the chart, but it helps to have a map of the song to mark up ideas and changes mid-session.
  • Recording/Tracking
    Capturing the performance
    Now it's time to record. This may occur over several days, and at different studios, depending on the requirements. This is the time to focus on feel and emotion.
  • Editing
    Cleaning up the recording
    Once the performances have been captured, it's time to edit. This involves removing unwanted noise, editing multiple takes together to make the perfect one, tuning vocals, and fixing timing. The recording and editing stage can go back and forth. For example, we might record drums, then edit them, then record piano, bass, guitar and vocals.
  • Mixing
    Finishing the product
    In this phase, the songs will start to sound finished. Consider mixing to be finalizing the product for release. The mix should sound great, feel great, and be listenable to the audience.
  • Mastering
    The packaging
    Mastering is the final check before release. It's the last polish and packaging before your song is released to the world.
  • Asset Delivery
    The files
    Once the process is complete, your assets will be delivered. These will typically include the mix, vocal, instrumental and backing vocal stems, and masters.
Simon is an absolute legend. He really goes the extra mile to understand you as an artist and where you've come from. It really helps him deliver exactly what you have in mind. I've found in the past with other producers then end product has often strayed away from my interpretation. That was never the case with Simon. I consider him a close friend now. To help me bring to life my Ep was a very emotional journey for me and I'm glad I went on it with him.
Chris Hoskin

Jack Runaway, The Voice
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