Focal Productions is a Sony-signed Production house located in the Bay Area, with clientele including: Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Condé Nast, Turkish electronic-rock band Cemali, Bay Area rapper Lil B, up-and-coming pop artist and iHeartRadio Award Nominee Mariah Belgrod, prolific songwriter Jennifer Adan, and many more.
Focal Productions is a Sony Europe-signed Production house located in San Mateo, CA. Started by the two frontmen of the critically-acclaimed Turkish band Cemali, we are a team of songwriters, record producers, and recording engineers looking to help artists in all stages of the record creation process.
Most of the projects we work on involve record production. Our production team runs the gamut - from country to rap, pop to rock & roll, we enjoy recording & producing demos / records for all genres. Our "demo package" includes recording and production of a full length, fleshed out song with a "dirty" mix and master. Our "full production" package includes recording, vocal production, music production, mixing [in partnership with Studio D (Aretha Franklin's "Aretha") and Reto Peter (Greenday's "American Idiot")], and mastering.
We have four songwriters on staff - specializing in rock, pop, and EDM - who can write, co-write, or review your songs. We develop various pop/EDM artists, including iHeartAward nominee Mariah Belgrod, for whom we are writing & producing an album.
Production Credits: Lil B, Jacquie Joshua ("Fight For You" - single), Mariah Belgrod ("Empty Spaces" - single), Iari Melchor ("The Reclamation Project" - album), Cemali ("Duymak İstiyorum," "Whirl," & "Yuh Yuh" - albums), various Sony artists, & more.
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3 ReviewsEndorse Focal Productions
I met Edmond Clare through an online forum. I have been studying recording on a hobbyists level for about a decade. I had reached the glass ceiling and I was looking for information on where to go next. I messaged Edmond because I read a few of his posts and could tell that he knew what he was doing! After 10 years, one develops a feel for those that truly love music. I messaged him and asked if he could critique a song I wrote and recorded about 3 weeks prior to meeting him. He gave me extremely valuable insights about the entire song writing and recording process, and made it sound amazing!
When other artists ask me for a recommendation when they're looking to record their next song, I always point them in the direction of Focal Productions, and this is because of the incredible experiences I've had with my own projects being in their care. And, "care" is the number one reason they get my referrals: They DO care about each artist they work with, and their sole intention - which they so expertly achieve time and time again - is to draw out the fullness of each artist in their recordings, and that each recording is a true reflection of that artist!
Focal Productions is such a pleasure to work with. The second you walk in the studio all your anxieties disappear with the comfortable ambiance and pressure free environment they have. I truly feel I can go in there and do my best work. The team are masters of their craft, and I’m always sure to enter as a sponge to pick up their knowledge. Their talent also inspires and pushes me to step outside my comfort zone and not be afraid to sound silly or try new things because I have full confidence the product will be phenomenal. Overall, a definite gem of the Bay Area.
Interview with Focal Productions
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: We usually work on pop, EDM, and electro-pop music. We strive for a current sound, while also striving to bring out the uniqueness in each client.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically, we have an initial meeting with the client at our studio to discuss their song and goals with their project. We work together with the client on a production preview of their song in order to enable clients to guide the direction of their track. Once the direction is decided, we get down to working on the full production of the track within our production teams.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: One of our biggest role models in the music industry is Max Martin. Someday, we hope to grow Focal Productions into a "hit house" like Martin's Cheiron studio in Sweden.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: We mostly record and produce pop / EDM style demos for clients, as well as create full productions for singles, EPs, or albums.