Music producer, musician, mix engineer, composer and studio owner are just a few things Steve Williams can boast on his resume. Not only that but having worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, Steve has a wealth of experience, skill and talent. Here he chats to Studio Series
London music producer Steve Williams has worked in the music business for over 20 years, not only as a music producer, but also as a mix engineer, composer, musician and studio owner. Having worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, Steve has an incredible wealth of experience, skill and talent.
How did you get into working in music?
I started when I was 9 years old playing the piano. Then drums at 11. I have never done any other job so would be pretty useless at anything else.
Who is the most memorable person who you have worked for or worked with?
I particularly enjoyed working in Italy at Sting’s studios in Italy, otherwise The Human league were fascinating. I’ve always been a fan of both artists/bands.
If you could work with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
Bowie. Never to be of course.
Have you always worked with Pro Tools? If so what is that you enjoy about Pro Tools?
I used to work on Logic but swapped over about 10 years ago. Pro Tools lets you think about the music rather than the techniques or the logistics of sequencing. It is simple to use.
What are your top tips for anyone wanting to get into the music industry?
Perseverance and socialising on the music scene. You will inevitably get to know somebody who can help you.
Who is your favourite band/singer?
Ha! Every band and every singer. All depends on the moment when I am listening. You might think that’s a cop out so okay “Fleetwood Mac”. Best gig I’ve ever been to.
Do you think the current music status is as good as it was 20 years ago?
I’s say it is better now. There’s more scope to expand your opportunities. Nostalgia never was my preference. It’s easy to say everything was better in the old days.
Do you have any producing tips?
The last 10% of attention to a production is the most important. That’s where the magic happens. That’s where the track acquires its soul. Also perseverance. No one said it would be easy, and giving up is the easiest thing to do.
Any mistakes you’ve learnt from?
Every day I make mistakes that I learn from. Whoever says they are perfect is lying. How else can you be daring, take risks without being prepared to regularly make mistakes? Otherwise you will be scared to do anything. I often hold my hands up and say, I was wrong. That way you can move on and be creative without guilt or regret.
What is the future of Chapel Studios?
Chapel Studios future is bright, creative, daring, outrageous. I don’t actually know what the future holds. All I know is that I love creating music and Chapel Studios will be part of my creations for many years to come.
If you want more information about Steve, you can find his website here http://www.thechapelstudios.co.uk/