My name is Zefan. A Music Producer. I started producing music since 2006, have done a lot of projects in producing music for artists, media, and live orchestra performance. If you are looking beautiful orchestra ballad, magical Disney, K-pop, and C-Pop or Black Gospel style production you should check out my 2019 Demo reel.
My main genre is Pop, incorporated with a touch of orchestration. I've been doing tons of orchestra stuff, recording with a real orchestra session, in Indonesia, Prague & Budapest, from scratch or from already produced tracks. I will bring your project sound magical, romantic or even cinematic with my orchestral arrangement. Check out what others said about working with me in the review section. Whether you are a songwriter, a singer or an existing artist who found the same musical taste and style, I'm here to help your project SoundBetter.
**NEW UPDATED 2021 DEMO REEL**
- Tell Me - Andreah (Hong Kong)
- Kau Cinta Putihku - Dewi Gita (Indonesia)
- Le Mal Est Fait - Felina Vaugirard (France)
- Loved - Rose Mystica (Indonesia) Produced by Andrew Joscha, Orchestra by Zefan Susanto
- Worship You - Pritta Kartika (USA, Japan, Indonesia)
- Mearh Putih - H.E. Desra Percaya, Marlon, Ledi (London)
- Thank You Jesus - Joel Kibble, Ejay Johnson (USA)
- Yamko Rambe Yamko - Marlon, Ledi, Deyna, Odhi (London)
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32 Reviews - 7 Repeat ClientsEndorse Zefan Susanto
Very helpful and attentive to your every request.
Zefan made a cover of "Labyrinth" by Mondo Grosso for me, and we recorded vocals in studio together. Everything was an absolute pleasure! He works super fast, is efficient, reliable and above all super talented at what he does. He very quickly delivered a complete pop/orchestral mix masterpiece of the song I wanted to cover and takes direction well, intuitive to how I wanted it to sound. Will definitely be working with him again! :)
Just finished a second track with Zefan. Top marks once again. So glad I've found this jewel of a producer. Already thinking about track No3.
I am so overjoyed with the production by Zefan for my song. This producer is so professional, above all, he's always very patient with me. This was my 3rd song produced by him and I can't wait to start on my 4th project with him. His professionalism makes it difficult for me to consider other producers out there, because I will keep comparing other works with his production. Working with Zefan has always been a blessing. I highly recommend him. Thank you once again Zefan. I'm so grateful.
Absolutely loved working with Zefan. You can see that he works to a standard rather than a price. The result exceeded my expectations. Can't wait to work with him again.
Zefan doing well with this job, and I satisfied with the result. Hopefully Zefan can do a lot of music job and will success in the future.
Working with Zefan is always fun and exciting. I’m always looking forward to him turning my ordinary audio recording to a full blown masterpiece. I am so glad I found this producer. This is my second project with Zefan. Can’t wait to start my 3rd project with him. He always delivers on time, very patient too. Thank you so much Zefan, I highly recommend him.
Zefan is very talented, patient and have great passion with his career, and it’s always a mutual beneficial process to work with producer like him. He delivered the final work with full package, without my given too much detail and direction, and the work he produced is absolutely professional! Always 100% recommended for anyone who wants a professional music producer to work with!
Zefan is an outstanding Producer , composer and arranger. Zefan is very easy to work with. He is a great communicator. Always letting me know the status and the process of my project. I can’t say enough great things about Zefan. I encourage you to consider hiring Zefan for your next project. I know I will! I highly recommend him!
There is no one else I would ever use for my orchestration! Zefan is an absolute professional and could not be easier to work with. He does what he says he will and always delivers files of the highest quality. Zefan always takes my music to the next level every time. There is nothing he could do better! 10/10 for Zefan
Zefan delivered this song with his talented piano skills and he also offers me a talented guitar player to add layers to this song! Zefan is definitely good at producing symphony-based songs and he can produce sad songs that deliver strong attention and soft sentiment. Please choose him if you find same kind of songs to be produced!
Zefan is very talented at making this song alive and fresh! there's several turnaround and each time he's delivering me a better work! He's very patient and willing to teach you a lot at the same time. An awesome producer to work with, you'll never got wrong!
Thanks to Zefan for a great result and a quick turnaround time. Looking forward to working with him again.
Zefan is an absolute pro and a pleasure to work with. He is courteous, professional and extremely talented. I could not be more happy with the result. No changes needed, he got it perfect on his first try. I use him for all my orchestration work!
Zefan is great. We discussed ideas throughout and he delivered a fantastic arrangement and production of my song. I am very pleased with it and very much look forward to working with him again.
2nd project with Zefan going smooth and great. With very limited time, he’s able to create a ballad motivational song that I requested. He’s also very helpful and generous for any feedback I need. Thank you Zefan for your great work. Good luck with everything.
Is a phenomenal arranger/ producer. This is my 3 rd project with him. Each project working with him is a wonderful experience. I have full confidence in trusting Zefan . I highly recommend him. Very talented young man. Easy to work with!
I've known Zefan for years, and have done several projects with him. I love the way he creates the music and interpreted my vision towards the final result. His versatile music style carter my need in various music styles, from touching ballad to motivating rock. Not to mention the fast response and turn over is another plus point to hire. I can surely recommend him for your next project. Thank you Zefan and I'll soon hire you again for the next project. Stay tuned.
Working with Zefan was the most MAGICAL carpet ride. He took my love song and brought it to LIFE, adding the magic I needed but did not know existed.
Listening to our track on repeat, I’m taken to a whole new world each time. Who wouldn’t fall in love with the beautiful string arrangements and delicate details of the entire orchestra?
Zefan is undeniably kind and talented, his passion for music reflected in every piece he touches. I highly recommend working with him on your next project.
Zefan is an exceptional Music Producer/ Arranger. I had to submit one a song in a Japanese gospel song competition in Japan. I decided to have my song arranged in a J Pop style. There is only one Producer I know that I can trust my songs with Full Production and arrangement that is versatile. That's Zefan! He is a phenomenal Music Producer/ Arranger who's arrangements are highly commercial, uniquely innovative in sound. I highly recommend Zefan. I look forward to working with Zefan again!
Interview with Zefan Susanto
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Favorite all the providers suit your needs, contact them one by one, sort them by the pricing and deadline and deal with the one you are most comfortable to discuss the project. Good communication between the client and the provider should be at its finest since the very beginning, as this is as important as the project itself. The provider should be able to capture the client's idea and translate it into musical language. This is a skill that every producer should have besides the technical skills.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. Water Filter 2. Fan 3. Lighter 4. Duvet 5. Torch Come on, this is life survival, not anything related with music production, don't expect me to bring my interface, keys or headphones LOL =D
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've starting to love music as early as I was 3 years old. I have an old organ in my house and by that time I can play the organ just by listening to a song. Sadly a few years after as our family's economic condition was not so good we have to sell it. But it won't stop the love of music in me. I got a mini size keyboard with very limited polyphony but I managed to learn some basic music theory while sharpening my listening skills as well. At the age of 10, I managed to experiment with a simple multi-track recording using my double-deck cassette tape. I record the first track on Deck A, then adding more track by recording in Deck B while playing the previously recorded track in Deck A. That's when I first encounter my love with music production. Then I start to get in touch with digital technology and start it very basic with some audio and midi software, during that time Youtube is not invented yet and what I do is trial and error until 2007-2008 I do learn a lot from youtube. I do this professionally since 2006, so now it's almost 14 years. Always thankful that I can make a living doing something I love
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is versatile but I can limit my versatility into something romantic, magical, cinematic or funky groove. If you aim for something romantic like Whitney Houston / Celine Dion style I can do it confidently, also something magical like most of Disney Movie OST, Alladin, Beauty and The Beast, Tangled, Frozen, Mulan or anything. I can make your project sound majestic and magnificent like Sam Smith Writings on the wall. How about making All of me by John Legend into something cinematic? Check out my demo reel! Not into that stuff? Want to have Stevie Wonder or Kirk Franklin style? Let's go, hire me! Yay!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with an artist who appreciates my work. Appreciate in terms of paying and in terms of understanding how my workflow and follow the rules we've agreed upon. I should say that I'm not going to do this for free or for exposure because sadly the exposure won't pay the bills. I also love to work with an artist who knows exactly what they want, how it sounds and contributing ideas on how to make it greater. I have this one client a C-Pop singer name Tian, I'd really love to work with him since he is very talented and knows exactly what he wants! Hey Tian if you read this I give you a shout out, you have to hire me again LOLL =D
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: At no cost =) I have two tips. Since I do the work with my team of co-producer, session player, mix and master engineer it is important to deliver a clear direction of what they should do towards the project. Providing sufficient references is also a must-do since sometimes it speaks clearer than words. It's also important to have a clear workflow to avoid any errors and keep everything organized. In short, workflow and communication. That's two most important factors in music production.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do a lot of work orchestrating ballad music, arranging some magical Disney sound-alike tunes, layer up cinematic orchestration and laying some funky piano or brass on the tunes
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is quite simple. Running on Mac mini i7 with 16GB ram 1TB SSD and 5TB of sound library. I use Apogee Duet 2 as my interface and M-Audio Keystation 88es as my controller. No fancy stuff here, hire me so I can buy them =)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Of course, I've done a lot of work with a talented Indonesian singer Pritta Kartika, a great gospel singer Josiah Ruff, a Kenny G & Dave Koz sound-alike saxophonist Jimmy Koentjoro, a great mixing engineer Stefanus Wayanartha, Amazing topline writer Mariami, and the talented UK based producer and songwriter Matt Hughes who's also my best friends, you can find them all at SoundBetter and trust me you'll not regret it.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I've been experienced both. I was starting from the era when Analog still becomes a must of old days recording. During that time 1999-2000, computer processing was not as great as today, the resource is very limited and the cost is still relatively high to achieve such great computing power. But as today everything changes, I clearly stand on the digital side, because it is undoubtedly easy to do, portable and affordable. However, in some cases like mastering, I do trust analog gear sometimes. I can say from the production side I stand on the digital side and from the post-production side, in between analog and digital.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One project that I will be very proud of (because it's going to happen in January 2020) is a gospel project from a producer/songwriter in the US. I will be recording in Prague with Prague Strings Orchestra. There is no greater achievement of an orchestrator than having their composition played by the real world-class orchestra. For this project, I've been involved as the main producer, choosing the main singer, providing session musicians, arranging the orchestra, and arrange the live recording session in Prague. And you know what, this dream is made come true by this platform. SoundBetter!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I've done 3 Christmas projects in December 2019 and now working with the US based Artist, hopefully, can finish it all by early January. Check out my website to stream my Christmas Project
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I can say that my strongest skill is to give a romantic, intimate or cinematic strings arrangement into a song =)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I do something from zero to a finished product. I just need a topline, lyrics and 3 references track how would you like the project sound alike, and I'll tailor the music into something that you'll love. I also do an orchestral arrangement over something you already produce, say, you already produce a great track but want strings or orchestral arrangement on top of it, I'll do my magic for you!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I can say three of the most influential artists/producer represent my music are David Foster, Kirk Franklin, and Disney Studio Orchestra
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I can promise my clients a great expected result, fast respond, and fluid creativity.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: When I can surprise my clients that their song/project could be that great. I always love to make my clients happy, encouraging them, sharing the information I have or anything they want me to do. Some massages? Unfortunately no =D
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Well, the most commonly asked is about the pricing issues. Hey, I'm not that hard, we can always negotiate =) but I know my worth and I know my capability. I do make a living from this and I'll not do it for very small amount of money, but as long as you have great material and you like what I do let's work together!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People consider me as an Artist, which is totally wrong. I like to sing, but some people fainted after heard me singing, that's when I decided to work behind the screen. I'd love to support artists, make their wishes come true and bring out the best of them. Not the best of me. But, well I do my best =)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: The first is the deadline. I do concern much about how can I deliver the projects on schedule. If I can't make it then I'll negotiate, if it fails then I'll recommend the client to another provider. It's important for me to work stress-free with sufficient deadline as what a quote says "you can't rush art". Secondly, do you need a short demo? I'd love to give some of the prospective clients (not all) a taster of my production, making the music just from the verse part or chorus part. This is very effective for me to turn prospective clients into a deal client.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A common type of work, I did production for a songwriter who already has the topline but didn't have the music, a producer who already produce the track but not happy with the result and wish me to do it better, someone who already has a final product but wants to have orchestra sound on top of it, or an Artist that want me to take care of everything =)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will asked about demo/draft of the song that you want me to produce, together with 3 references how you would like your song sound alike. I will made a simple mockup to give a brief idea about theme, melody, intro/ending, chord progression and song repetition format. This is usually in the form of solo piano with one lead instrument. After getting approval from the client I will develop the foundation of the song mainly for bass, guitar and drum, then I will give the client next mockup. The last process is giving it orchestra colour (if needed) and the final instrumental music production will be delivered after this step :)