Yorkie

Contributor: Yorkie

UNIVERSAL SHOES PRODUCTIONS is a music production facility set up by YORKIE, former bassist, producer & arranger with indie giants SPACE. His work with SPACE saw them stride the UK charts
with many top 10 hits and 2 top 10 albums.

His production work on Liverpool legends SHACK’s last album,'...the corner of Miles & Gil' (Sourmash
Records) gained huge critical acclaim from most periodicals, as well as such industry luminaries as Noel Gallagher & Pete Townshend. He also produced two new tracks for the band’s career retrospective:
‘Time Machine - The Best Of SHACK’ (Sourmash Records).

A champion of new, upcoming talent, he has lent his production skills to numerous recordings and releases by
SEVEN SEALS, IVAN CAMPO, MY AMIGA & CIRCLESOUND, to name but a few.

As a soundtrack composer he has worked with ALEX COX, (‘Edge City/Sleep Is For Sissies’ & his new film
'Repo Chick') and ANDY WILTON (‘20,000 Little Reasons’ & ‘Behind The Scenes Of Total Hell’) as well
as numerous student film projects & composed the title music for Granada TV series ‘The Last Laugh’.

As a solo artist, he has released three albums, and two EP’s and last year saw them collected together in
YORKIEBOX, a limited edition six CD retrospective of his work to date, including many rare and previously
unreleased tracks.

He has just released a limited edition cd entitled 'Don't Play!': a one track cd sealed between two ceramic tiles.
This has now sold out.

He is currently finishing work on the new double album 'SILHOUETTES' by his band MOONGOOSE.

Tip1 As a producer, you are there specifically to get the best performance out of the band and NOT to massage your own ego and show how flash you can be.
Tip2 Preperation is everything. You must be as familiar with the songs to be recorded as the band undoubtedly are. Ask for rehearsal room demos, or sit in on a few rehearsals to familiarise yourself with the songs to be recorded.
Tip3 Don't be afraid to make suggestions concerning alternative arrangements, but don't be too demonstrative and insist that your way is the correct way: this will only alienate the band.
Tip4 Rehearse any agreed changes with the band until they become as comfortable with the new format as they were with their original format.
Tip5 When in the studio, make sure that the atmosphere is congenial and friendly, don't have arguments with the engineer in front of the band, as this will generally freak them out and make them think it's all going horribly wrong.
Tip6 Take on board any suggestions they may have during the recording process, you expect them to listen to your ideas, so return the favour: it's common courtesy.
Tip7 Take breaks every now and then, so that it doesn't become a gruelling task for the band, however frequent breaks to the nearest public house are always counter-productive in the end.
Tip8 When recording vocalists, see if they would rather the rest of the band were'nt present. Or if they are present, make sure that they don't keep chipping in with suggestions. You want the vocalsit relaxed and confident, and six people shouting ideas over the foldback does not make this possible.
Tip9 When it comes to mixing, ask the band to go out for an hour or so while you and your engineer set up a mix. It is easier to set up a mix that you are happy with and then make slight adjusments, rather than having each member of the band perched on your shoulders asking if they could be louder.
Tip10 Above all else, make the working relationship and environment extremely pleasant and enjoyable. This is supposed to be fun after all!
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