Production FAQ

HOW SHOULD I CONTACT YOU?

If you’re interested in working together and want to chat and share your new music, initially use my contact formor email me at hello@matthewcotterill.co.uk.

WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU NEED FROM ME WHEN I CONTACT YOU?

Please fill me in about your project – the more info the better – what services you think you need, how many songs and when you’d like the project to take place.  Assuming you’ve listened to my work, it’s nice to know why you liked it and why you think we’d be a good fit. The sooner I can hear demos (rough recordings) of your songs the better, so feel free to share your songs when you first get in touch.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST FOR YOU TO PRODUCE MY RECORD?

Once I have a good feel for what your music needs, what your goals are and what will give you the best outcome, I’ll be able to put together some options or a quote for you. 

WHEN AND HOW DO I PAY?

Once we’ve confirmed what we’re going for, a project price has been agreed and contracts have been signed (if applicable), you’ll usually be invoiced for 50% of the project total before we begin, and 50% upon completion of the mixes.

WHAT'S YOUR AVAILABILITY GENERALLY LIKE?

For bigger production projects it’s normally a good idea to get planning several months ahead. But I’m usually pretty available a month or two ahead.

WILL YOU TAKE A CUT IN THE SONGWRITING?

I do not take a cut in the songwriting unless I have actually been involved in the songwriting. 

DO YOU TAKE A CUT IN MY SALES AFTER COSTS - AKA PRODUCER POINTS?

Yes usually. It’s above board – discussed and then agreed in a short contract. Producer Points are a small royalty rate on sales of the recording, payable to the producer (me) once the artist (you) has made back the costs of the recording.

WILL I NEED TO SIGN A SHORT CONTRACT THAT WILL NOT SCREW ME OVER?!

Yes, probably, if I’m producing and the project is substantial.

WHAT'S THE PROCESS?

There’s no simple answer to that as your music informs the process, but have a read of my approach and services on the production page.

DO YOU HAVE A SET WAY OF MAKING TRACKS AND RECORDING STUFF?

Totally not. I want to get the best out of you and your music – period. Of course everyone leans on their experience and preference when making decisions on how to go about recording something, but I’m always keen to find out what your preference is, what’s worked for you before and generally be open to trying stuff out. 

WHAT GENRES DO YOU PRODUCE?

I specialise in producing singer-songwriters and indie bands – pop, folk, indie, R&B and soul are my thing. But I’m really open to working on all sorts of music if we’re the right fit for each other, which has a lot more to it than just genre labels. The best thing is to have a listen to my work on the site.

DO YOU WORK WITH OTHER PRODUCERS?

Yes absolutely. Most commonly seen in the pop world, teaming up producers with different specialties can produce world-class results. I love working in this way!

I HAVE OTHER PRODUCERS ON BOARD AND ALREADY HAVE A MIX ENGINEER ON BOARD. ARE YOU STILL INTERESTED?

Yes absolutely. I work well in teams and I’m happy to play my part however big or small.

DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN STUDIO? WHERE DO YOU RECORD?

I have my own production and mixing room inside a multi-room studio in Coventry. This is a great space to record a lot of stuff in. I’m happy to work out of any studio or space that will bring the best out of you and your music. Comfort, atmosphere and practicality are equally and sometimes more important than the sound of a room and the gear that resides in it.

HOW DEVELOPED DO MY SONG(S) HAVE TO BE TO BE READY FOR PRODUCING?

Usually for me the song should be mostly there melodically, lyrically and chordally. It’s the demo of the song that initially engages my creative brain to want to work on the song and without much to go on it’s often tricky for me to commit to the project.

CAN YOU HELP IMPROVE MY SONG BEFORE IT'S RECORDED?

Yes! I’m more of a “song tweaker” than a song writer. If you need a lot of help with melody and lyrics I know writers that I can hook you up with.

DO YOU KNOW SESSION MUSICIANS?

Yes I know plenty of session musicians! They are versatile, skilful, sensitive (to the song) and friendly.

CAN WE ADD MORE COWBELLS?

Sorry pal you got the wrong guy!

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