"I've been specialising in producing Singers, Songwriters, Solo Artists and lyricists since starting Offbeat as a music production company in 1992.
Working with both established and up and coming artists, we get consistently great results in my purpose built boutique production recording studio in Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
Save money with a planned recording schedule & budget.
The recording process can be time consuming and expensive, especially if you don't have a plan. I can steer your recording sessions to a successful outcome by working out an agreed budget according to a recording schedule. depending on what you can afford and achieve the best result
Am I the right producer for you?
There are many different kinds of producers and you need to know which is the best choice for your particular project. Some want to be in complete control and expect the artist to conform to their methods of working.
In my view undesirable types of producer are those who exert so much control on your music that it becomes unrecognisable to you. Having all your suggestions shut down is unhelpful and highly unproductive. In the same vein, a producer who offers no guidance and doesn’t warn the artist where things are going wrong isn’t much use either. If the producer isn’t adding anything vital to the project then you might as well be producing yourself!
Being a songwriter myself, I take a collaborative approach and will work closely with you to get the result you want.
My attitude is that it's your name on the record and as such you need a recording that represents exactly what YOU are about.
However, if you are unclear about exactly what it is you want at the outset that's not a problem, I can definitely suggest ways to come to an agreed vision of the production.
What if I need more musicians for my project?
If you've written a song on a particular instrument, or even if you're a singer or lyricist who doesn't play any instruments, we can work together to create the music around your ideas in the style that suits you.
This could involve just you and I working on the project whixh works well in a lot of cases as I can add several instruments in an arrangement, but if you do need the help of session musicians for instruments and styles that we can't provide ourselves, I'm in touch with a range of session musicians locally and from all over the globe who can add any instrument in any style to your recordings, depending on the budget of course.
You can come to the Offbeat Studio or work with me remotely.
Wherever you are on the planet, I can work with you using file-sharing and online platforms like Zoom and Soundwhale if you're not local to our Edinburgh Recording Studio.
I can only take on projects that I think are ready to be produced and that I know I can add value to, but I hope you feel you can contact me with your project to find out if we can work together to make your musical dreams a reality".
1. How much does a production cost?
Each project has different requirements, so once we know how long a song is, how many instruments are involved and what style of music you are making, we'll work out a recording schedule and price for your production. You may be surprised how affordable a master recording can be when working to a plan!
2. Why do I need a producer?
Working to a plan can actually save you money in the studio if you are making a record for release — and that’s where a producer comes in. If you have a vision for your music, a producer can make that vision into a sound that suits your style.
3. What’s unique about Offbeat?
If you're a solo-artist, singer or songwriter and need musical accompaniment for your recordings, Offbeat can provide all the musical support required to make a great production. So if you just write and play one instrument and want to hear a full band sound without having to find musicians and rehearse — and everything else involved in making your vision real — get in touch!
4. Can you work in my style of music?
If you have a demo — however rough — of your music then send it in so we can let you know if this is a style we can work in. Offbeat has previously produced music authentically in Rock, Pop, Dance, Hiphop, Jazz, World and Classical styles.
5. I live outside Scotland, how do I work with Offbeat?
We work with artists Worldwide and have devised methods of producing tracks remotely. Check out the Remote Production section to find out more.
6. Can you work using my own recordings?
Yes we can work from your recordings if the quality is good enough. Just send in a version so we can evaluate if we can work from it.
7. Do you do re-mixes?
Yes we can remix tracks either with you attending the session or working remotely.
8. I don’t play any instruments, is that a problem?
No, we often work with singers and lyricists who create melodies, and can write music from that.
9. What is a remote recording?
If you live abroad, or in this country, we can still produce music with you. Using Dropbox file sharing technology we can work on recordings with anyone, anywhere in the World that has an Internet connection. Dropbox is free for up to 2 gigabytes of information, more than enough to transfer at any one time.
10. How long does it take to record a song?
Each song has different requirements, once we know how long a song is, how many instruments are involved and what style of music you are making we'll work out a unique recording schedule together from which we'll be able to estimate a time for the recording.
11. Will you promote my music?
No, Offbeat isn’t a promotion company, that’s the role of record labels and management companies. We work with companies of all kinds in the music business and can sometimes put artists in touch with third parties, but it’s not our principal business.
12. I am a solo artist, can you help with musical accompaniment?
Yes, we can provide all the musical instrumentation you need for your recordings. Go to the Musical Accompaniment section.
13. I am musician who needs a singer on my recordings, can you help with this?
Yes, we can suggest singers that suit the style of your music.
15. Can you help me develop my own music and sound?
Yes, definitely, this is something we excel in .
16. Will you try and change my music?
Not at all. Unless, of course, you want us to. We'll go through a process of discovery to find out exactly what you want to achieve and then we'll help you to make that happen. It’s your name on the record so the music has to represent you 100%.