Pop songwriter and producer for hooky vibes on the darker side.
Welcome to my humble abode. I'm Graham Mac, a songwriter and pop producer. I have been songwriting for over ten years and been in music production for three years, working on my own artist career throughout this time. This year I achieved my first film sync with my second single "Secrets" in April 2018 which featured in a new Canadian film. I want to work with other artists to help you make some noise within the industry.
So why choose me for your next project?
The genres I specialise in are Dark Pop, Dance Pop and Indie Pop. I offer premium services in pop songwriting and production. Melody is key in my productions. If you want to give your song that memorable quality, so your listeners will be humming your track for weeks, I can help you achieve that.
I can work to tight deadlines without dropping quality, so no need to worry about your release delayed with me.
I can develop a song from a simple idea you may have, into a radio ready production.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Graham Mac
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A combination- Gotta love the hardware 1176, but digital has its place in modern productions for precision with in the box mixing.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver the highest standard of production at a great rate.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The uniqueness of every day. I never know what the next project will involve as every song and artist is different, that makes every day exciting and keeps things fresh for me.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I am a professional pusher of buttons and part time twister of knobs and faders.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Go with someone who specialises and knows your genre inside out.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My beautiful fender stratocaster, a solar powered amp, keyboard, Macbook (maybe one day)...and a really loud mic to let someone know I'm here?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been music producing for three years since I left college. I am now full time in music production as of 2018.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Bittersweet dark pop with a twinkle of light.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: For newer artists, Lorde or Sigrid come to mind. They've both got such great songs, with and without production.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sidechain compress with a multiband compressor from your instrumental busses to your vocal to help it cut through a heavy mix :)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Generally Dark Pop, Indie Pop and Dance Pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Songwriting, toplining, production and mixing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I approach a song with melody in mind first always. I bring strong memorable hooks to a song that will hopefully make a lasting impression on the listener. I always want to make sure the hooks and melody draw in the listener immediately and that the rest of the song keeps them there.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It really differs for each project. I like to have a full song prepared in its rawest form, generally on a vocal and 1 or 2 instruments before I touch a computer for production. If the song can stand up on its own right this way, you're setting yourself up for a great sounding track from the get go.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run my audio through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. I run Komplete 11 from an external hard drive into my M-Audio Keystation 49.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My music inspiration is a melting pot of the greats from before my time some exciting breaking artists. I guess on my Spotify you might find, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Radiohead, Michael Jackson, T Rex, Abba, Cindi Lauper, Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift, Sigrid, St. Vincent, Lorde, Blur and a whole lot more!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Pop songwriting, pop production, and mixing.