Hi - I'm David. I'm a producer, writer and artist based out of Los Angeles making Pop, Indie Pop, RnB, Alt Rock, EDM & Singer-Songwriter. I have been working as an industry professional for 10+ years and have a catalogue of over 400m streams. Recent Cuts: Johnny Orlando "What if", Ayokay, Clara Mae, Katelyn Tarver, CAL, Kiesza, Mark Diamond
Thanks for stopping by! I offer a variety of services including:
- Mix Engineering
- Song Writing, Topline
- Demo Singing
- Vocal Production / Vocal Arrangement / Vocal Engineering
- Vocal Comping & Tuning
- Session Instrument Playing (Guitar, Piano, Synths)
- Instrument Arrangement (Strings, Track Elements for Live)
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How we're going to make music together
- We'll start out by having a chat (phone, email or video, whatever you prefer!) to make sure we're aligned on your vision and to sort out any additional terms
- Turnaround time is usually 3-5 days (striving for as soon as possible), larger projects will take longer and I'll provide an individual estimate
- Once we're finished, I'll send over the files (Either stems or a Pro Tools Session) via DropBox or We Transfer
A Little More Info About Me...
Some writers / producers I've worked with recently:
Justin Gammella (Ashe, Lennon Stella), Daylight (Shawn Mendes, Pitbull, Sylvan Esso), Evan Blair (Bryce Vine), Russell Henson (X-Ambassadors, Big Data), Nate Ferraro (Bulow), Jussifer (Bebe Rexha, Zara Larsson)
Some Artists I've worked with recently:
Simple Plan, Kiesza, Lindsay Sterling, Salem Ilese, Anthony Russo, Carlie Hanson, Mark Diamond, Tate Mcrae, CAL, Iconapop, Valerie Broussard
My Artist Projects:
David Spekter, Likeable
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
- Syn Cole
- Lunch Money Lewis
- Aston Merrygold
- DJ Hardwell (Revealed Recordings)
- Johnny Orlando
- Mackenzie Ziegler
- Darren Styles
- Henrik B
- Kill the buzz
- Simple Plan
- Lindsay Sterling
- Katelyn Tarver
- Salem ilese
- Anthony Russo
- Carlie Hanson
- Valerie Broussard
- Mark Diamond
- Tate McRae
- Zachary Kknowles
- Clara Mae
- David Spekter
- Miranda Glory
2 ReviewsEndorse David Arkwright
David was a great producer to work with. He was able to help me create a song that is not only catchy but also personable and meaningful to me as an artist. He is professional and worked hard throughout the project to create a finished product that I am happy with!
In addition to his extensive experiences and expertise as a songwriter, vocal editor, and producer, he was also a great person to work with and made the experience very enjoyable for me. I would recommend David to anyone.
David is my most frequent collaborator. He is not only an incredible songwriter and producer but also David is a fantastic mixer. I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Interview with David Arkwright
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Justin Gammella, Russell Henson, Miranda Glory & Scott Robinson are some of my closest working partners. All of them are exceptionally talented and I would trust them (and often do!) with my clients and their work any day.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Recently I wrote and produced on a record for up and coming artist Anthony Russo. It was a very long process in the production (probably 2 months) and at the end of it I’ve narrowly been more proud of a piece of work. I really enjoy working hard for the outcome!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently a plurality of productions and projects ranging from full EP’s to mixes and songwriting sessions. I keep my schedule diverse and full but manageable to the best of my ability.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Ooo hybrid. I don’t think there’s a version of one or the other that I could live without.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Maximum effort and enthusiasm. I am going to do everything I can to give you the best quality product I’m capable of.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Probably the variety. Everyday is very different. New challenges and new opportunities are constantly presenting themselves.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: In my experience outside of logistical questions (price and deadline) my customers haven’t often had common questions. That being said, initially we often focus on the overarching intent of the production. How I can execute their vision, and if I understand it. My answer to this is often the same, I’ll always do everything I can to find a sound and execution that is in line with, or exceeding the scope of their vision!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Speed is correlative to difficulty or talent. Some seemingly easy things take more time than you’d expect and some seemingly complicate difficult things can come together quickly :) it’s all relative!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who inspires you? What playlists would you want your song to be on? Who would to tour with if you could? (On a more practical note) What’s your deadline?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Open yourself up to the experience:) The opportunity of working with someone new means the chance of making something in a new, exciting way you’ve never done before.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Well..a Laptop, an audio interface, a microphone (probably an SM7, good in desert situations), my Sennheiser HD 650 headphones and a telecaster.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as an Pop-Rock Drummer and Songwriter, I then started writing topline for DJ’s and electronic artists around the world. Eventually I started writing pop songs and producing vocals, which lead me to producing full songs and projects for artists.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Modern and lush. I like things that feel big and lush, even if they’re simple and sparse.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Right now? Yungblud - I feel like I’d have something to offer his sound. Of all time? Coldplay. Because. Coldplay.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The problem is *often not* the problem - need your vocal to stand out, rather than just turning it up, look at the production elements getting in its way. Kick and bass feel flubby? Get them out of each other’s way. Often, the issue in your production or mix is with something competing with whatever the problem is.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It’s usually Pop, Alt Rock and RNB but I dabble in all kinds of stuff
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Has to be reciting the alphabet backwards...oh musically? I think I have a talent for “flipping” - for taking a musical idea and seeing / presenting it through a new musical perspective.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Hopefully a fresh idea (haha!) More seriously, I think a lot of my value is offered in the diversity of my skillset. I’m an experienced topline writer as much as I am a producer, as well as a competent multi instrumentalist. I suppose what I’m trying to say is that, hopefully, I have some thing to offer on multiple avenues and perspectives.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I love to start by capturing the artists vision, to understand where they’re coming from and where they’re trying to go musically and professionally. Find a balance between who they are and who they want to be is very important to me. After we’ve talked about that, I dig right in (project dependent of course) - along the way, at major milestones, I’ll send references to make sure we’re on track and everyone is happy with the project. Once we’re satisfied, I’ll send over session files as either stems or a Pro Tools Session.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is located in Los Angeles, CA - it is a hybrid setup operating on Pro Tools 2020 & Ableton Live 10 Suite; including a diverse mixture of Analog mixing / tracking gear as well nearly every commercially available plugin (Fab Filter, Sound Toys, Waves full suite, Slate Digital, Kush Audio etc...) including the complete UAD suite of plugins, and a collection of over 20 diverse electric and acoustic guitars and basses.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am fortunate to have a great many inspirations (and in some cases to have worked with them!) but some include everything from Paul McCartney (of course) to The All American Rejects, Avicii,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly I am working on full service projects - beginning with co-writing and ending with a completed production ready for release.