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Keyboard player Dave Clayton's credits include Take That album producer Chris Porter. He also played on George Michael's 'Jesus to a Child'.

Equipment

"I tend to bring it all, leave it in a room somewhere and bring out what I need. I've got masses of analogue gear and modern equipment too - clavinets and electric pianos, Roland System 100 up to the new Waldorf Wave."

Producers' requirements

"Some get me in to show them how it could be. They rely on my experience and see if I can develop something from their idea. They might like the sound of a particular era and just let me jam and find a way I can fuse it into their track."

Fees

"I've had people quote MU rates to me, but people hire me because of my ability and also because of the fact that I can bring in a lot of equipment as well.

"The rate varies from project to project. I might work for someone on a small label for a negligible rate and charge the full rate to people who can afford it. I'm in the fortunate position that I've been in the business a few years and I tend to do things I feel will inspire me."

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By David Mellor Tuesday February 1, 2000
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