Name: Will Featherby
Start date with WMP: May 2015
First impressions of WMP:
I saw the logo on a print at a coffee shop a few years back and thought it was an art studio. Turns out I didn’t read it properly. A couple years later I met Ben and Kamal, which put one and one together.
What does your role involve at WMP:
My main role is composition and sound design. I come from a background of electronic music and jazz, along with classical training in piano and trombone. These wide influences, along with the range of briefs we receive, have kept me on my toes since I began composing here.
Favourite project so far:
It’s going to have to be Braun “The Next Level”, which I worked on alongside Ben with Leland Music. I used to write chip tune music using tracker software for old video game consoles, so the brief referencing 8-bit music was perfect.
What music are you currently listening to:
Rodrigo Amarante — Irene. It’s currently late at night and this track feels like a lullaby; it’s really beautiful.
If you are not in the WMP studio where would we most likely find you:
Around and about! It’s hard to be specific but film photography is a hobby of mine so I try to take my camera with me wherever I go travelling. There’s a lot of great places in Leeds. I don’t live too far from the Brudenell Social Club, an unassuming space which always attracts great gigs and a good crowd.
What is the best bit about your job?
This place is like a second home to me now, we’re like a family and everyone feeds off each other’s positivity. If we’re talking about specific moments, it’s always a great feeling when you get cooking on a project and show others in the room (and eventually the client) for the first time.
‘…I used to write chip tune music using tracker software for old video game consoles..’
What has been your proudest moment at WMP so far?
We’ve been working with Imagem on an album which features live orchestra; I wrote the string and brass parts on a track Pete Darling wrote. When the stems arrived back from the session in Budapest it was overwhelming to hear around 60 professionals playing the music and completely bringing it to life.
Who would you love to work with in the future? Client or collaboration..
I’ve just seen the Hateful Eight and now all I can think about is Ennio Moricone’s score, it would be great to learn a thing or two from him.
Memorable studio moment…
We were about half way through recording gang vocals on a pitch recently, and then our voices started to break and some notes were really high pitched. There were tears of laughter when we listened back to the takes. Least threatening gang in the world.