I am a songwriter, music producer and qualified teacher currently based in Nottingham, working within a fairly broad pop genre.
Below, you can find a list of the services that I am able to offer, and above, you can find links to various sections of my portfolio.
To the side of this post, you can find my social media links and contact details. Please feel free to get in touch and discuss your project, even just for a chat. Perhaps you are unsure of what exactly your project entails – I can help you pinpoint your needs.
In addition to my recording work, I write on a variety of topics related to the creation and exploration of popular music, as well as the issues surrounding popular music. You can find this in my blog, linked above, along with various other pieces.
I hold a Masters (MMus – Distinction) in Songwriting from Bath Spa University, and a BA in Music Production (first class) from Leeds College of Music. I am also a qualified teacher, and hold a PGDE in Post Compulsory Education from Nottingham Trent University.
I have a small songwriting and production studio based in Nottingham City Centre in which I can host writing and production sessions. The studio is fully equipped for electronic music production with a purpose built vocal booth.
Songwriting & Composition
I have experience in both writing for artists, as well as collaborating with them. I pride myself in helping artists create work that is cohesive both with their image and sound, but also with their initial vision for the project. I also offer top line writing (vocal line only) for dance artists.
In addition to my work with artists, I am happy to write to order – this could be for TV, film, advertisements. In these cases I am able to deliver a finished product, and am able to source a vocal performer from the wide variety that I have regularly worked closely with. I am also experienced in the composition of library tracks.
As a producer, I specialise in electronic/synth pop, often with a retro edge. My productions often involve integrating organic elements with synthesised sound. Generally I find that the writing and production of electronic music go hand in hand. Being involved in both processes provides me with the best opportunity for the artist to find their sound. As my production methods generally involved working very closely with artists, I generally prefer to get involved with a project at an early stage.
I currently work entirely within Logic Pro and am qualified to Apple Professional standard (level 1).
I am particularly interested in artist development, and am constantly on the lookout for new artists to work with. I can provide songwriting and production services as listed above, as well as helping artists develop their career and find their sound and style. If you are an artist that is looking to develop their sound, please get in touch. I can also connect you with the right people to develop your visual and promotional image too.
I have experience teaching towards a variety of Post Compulsory qualifications, and specialise in teaching Music Production, Music Technology and Popular Music.
I am currently performing as a solo artist under the name SJBRAVO (formerly known as Navajo Youth) – a retrofuturistic pop project. SJBRAVO and Navajo Youth has appeared at many festivals including BBC Introducing stages at T in the Park and the Hockley Hustle (Nottingham) as well as Live at Leeds. For many years I have performed as a vocalist and instrumentalist, within a variety of genres. I am available for vocal sessions – especially for dance music.
Often I combine vocal sessions with writing the top line for a song, so if you have an instrumental in need of vocals, please get in touch.
“As well as being a talented writer, Navajo Youth really knows how to draw an audience. Definitely one to watch.” – Dean Jackson, The Beat