Andrew Joslyn

Composer, Session Strings

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Contributing Grammy Award Winning Composer, BMI Pop Award Winning Writer, and Orchestral Arranger that has worked with industry leaders such as Kesha, Macklemore, Judy Collins, Sony BMG, as well as film scores, TV scores, and commercials with Corbin Bernsen, Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Dern, Denise Richards, Grey's Anatomy, and Bob's Burgers.

Andrew Joslyn (multi-instrumentalist) is a DPA, Mackie and Schertler Performing Artist, composer, string arranger and orchestrator. He is an award-winning musical polymath whose passion for collaboration has led him to work with a remarkably diverse group of world-class artists, touring the world, performing, co-writing and arranging music for the last three Macklemore albums including the 4 time Grammy winning The Heist. Along the way he has amassed an impressive list of writing, orchestrating, recording and touring credits that include: Judy Collins, Kygo, ODESZA, K Flay, Pierre Kwender, Tom Chaplin (Keane) David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate), Father John Misty, Brazilian singer-songwriter Nando Reis (2018 Latin Grammy winning album), the Seattle Rock Orchestra and many others.

Most recently, Andrew co-wrote, performed strings and arranged horns for pop star Kesha’s first single, Praying, from her new album, Rainbow, which shot to #1 the first week of release. He wrote the scores for Macklemore’s premier performance with the Seattle Symphony and scored compositions for Blind Pilot’s performance with the Oregon Symphony.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Andrew Joslyn
  • Andrea Gibson
  • Kidz Bop Kids
  • This Wild Life
  • This Wild Life
  • This Wild Life
  • Pentatonix
  • Kesha
  • Kesha
  • Kesha
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  • Grieves
  • Chris Staples
  • Chris Staples
  • Augustines
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Lotus Crush
  • Roger Lion
  • Roger Lion
  • Augustines
  • Kris Orlowski
  • Craft Spells
  • Craft Spells
  • Grieves
  • Mark Lanegan
  • Mark Lanegan
  • Mark Lanegan
  • Eric Tingstad
  • Macklemore
  • Ryan Lewis
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
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  • Ryan Lewis
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Macklemore
  • Ryan Lewis
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Macklemore
  • Ryan Lewis
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Macklemore
  • Ryan Lewis
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Grieves
  • The Halyards
  • Ayron Jones
  • Andrew Joslyn
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  • Paula Boggs
  • Paula Boggs
  • Paula Boggs
  • Ben Hazlewood
  • Eclectic Approach
  • Pierre Kwenders
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Genesis Diaz
  • Erica Cooper
  • Erica Cooper
  • My Goodness
  • Miller Campbell
  • Miller Campbell
  • Brooke Simpson
  • V. Contreras
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  • Birch Pereira
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11 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Ben H.
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    Amazing as always! Takes everything to a whole new level!

  2. Review by Cael D.
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    Unbelievable job and incredibly fast turnaround. Got exactly what I hoped for here. Andrew is a rockstar!

  3. Review by David
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    Andrew's string quartet performances were beautiful and very well recorded. He was very responsive and tried to make sure everything was exactly as I wanted it.

  4. Review by Ben H.
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    Once again, epic result!! Love working with Andrew... He is a Legend!

  5. Review by Eric H.
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    Had Andrew record strings over my band's new single. Not only is his playing extremely professional, but he was one of the nicest and easiest players to work with. An absolute pleasure. Thanks Andrew!

  6. Review by Sergio S.
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    I have hired string players before but it was nothing like this experience. Whenever I played this song I intended for it to have strings but never in my wildest dreams would they come out as perfect as what Andrew made for me. Loved everything he did with it, can't wait to hire him again.

  7. Review by Matthew M.
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    Andrew recorded a number of different string parts for me and was nothing but friendly, professional and helpful throughout. He was very patient with me when I was pondering any potential amendments (in the end there was no need for any; he's that good!), and followed my direction perfectly. He clearly has a knack for understanding the mood of a track, and performing to fit that. It goes without saying, of course, that his talent with strings is immense. I look forward to working with him again!

  8. Review by Ben H.
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    Another incredible string arrangement! Was so great working with Andrew on this idea.

  9. Review by Mali K.
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    Andrew was such a pleasure to work with, he made this process seamless and stress free! Great with arrangement and including direction, happy to make any amendments or changes as per request. Easy to communicate with and quick turn around time. All round quality! Definitely recommmend.

  10. Review by Keian B.
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    Andrew is a fantastic string arranger. I worked with him using some early stage ideas and he really brought them to life. His attention to detail, beautiful performances and passion for raising the bar made for an amazing string section on my song. Throughout the process he was very responsive, quick to communicate and determined to get it right. I was very lucky to work with such a brilliant talent and would be eager to work with him again in the future.

  11. Review by Ben H.
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    Andrew has done an incredible job!
    The string arrangement is better than I could have hoped for.
    Great to communicate with. Extremely professional and nailed the brief.
    10 out of 10

Interview with Andrew Joslyn

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I cowrote the song "Praying" with Kesha - and it became a chart topping hit, and a huge rallying cry for the #MeToo movement.... I am still floored that I was a part of that process. Hugely grateful.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Cowriting with artists with BMG, and film scoring with a production company down in Los Angeles, as well as podcast scoring in Los Angeles as well.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Analog and Digital

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: I promise to provide you with a top level orchestral recording (I provide anywhere between 16-24 stems of strings typically), which has been RX'ed and cleaned up, performed by a world class musician (over 28 years of experience), and easily plugged into your mix and session. No hassle, no endless pitch correcting and messing around with crap string player performances.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: The flexibility, and the endless supply of unique and varied projects.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: Do I do revisions? Yes.

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: I'm not just a string session player. I am a contributing writer to a track, and can bring an organization and efficiency to recording sessions that others don't.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: What is the Bpm for a track; do you have a lead sheet; what is the situation with songwriting/publishing %'s?

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: violin, viola, sheet music, turn table, and vinyl collection.

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: Playing violin since age 5 - did my post grad at Berklee School of Music for Music Business, composition and scoring for Film and TV, and then toured with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis from 2008 to 2017. Also was in a rock band from 2002-2012, and toured heavily on the west coast.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Cinematic and lush

  23. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  24. A: use pre-delay with tracks to make them sound like they are 'slightly' sitting behind another take (like a sitting string section.)

  25. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  26. A: Across the board.

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: Orchestral arranging/production, and string performance.

  29. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  30. A: I flesh out a song, and bring a whole new dimension of sophistication and epicness to them.

  31. Q: What's your typical work process?

  32. A: Get a stereo Wav track from a client to write to (sometimes a lead sheet provided, but not required.) I'll take that and drop it into my Pro Tools setup, layout the structure, figure out the main melodies and countermelodies I want to introduce, and write out a rough arrangement on sheet music. I then record a 'rough' of my arrangement live in my studio (I work faster recording live than providing midi mockups); provide that to the client, and await feedback, and go back and forth that way.

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: Fully treated mixing room with Mac Pro, Apollo Quad interface, dual Grace m501 preamps, single UA solo 610 preamp, stereo pair of Coles Ribbon 4038s, Neumann TLM 103, Neumann U87

  35. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  36. A: Top industry professional arranger/producers like Dave Campbell, Quincey Jones, and Vince Mendoza.

  37. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  38. A: string and horn arrangements for pop, hip hop, folk, rock, and contemporary music clients. I also do a lot of scoring work for podcasts, film, TV, and commercials. I'm getting into full production and co-writing with artists now since I was signed with BMG/Sony.

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Kesha - Praying

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    K Flay - High Enough (Seattle Sessions Version)
Terms Of Service

Provide string arrangements typically within a 2-3 day turn around with full live string stems delivered. 1-2 revisions allowed (with added costs incurred for additional time)

GenresSounds Like
  • Andrew Bird
  • Ennio Morricone
  • Alexandre Desplat
Gear Highlights
  • 4 acoustic violins (ex: 1973 Polanni Italian)
  • 2 violas
  • 2 electric 5 string violins (Barbera Transducer)
  • 1 Baritone Viola
  • 1 Cello
  • Coles Ribbon Microphones
  • Neumann Microphones
  • UAD Apollo Quad Interface
  • Grace Preamps
  • UAD Solo 610 Preamp
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  • Interviewed by Berklee OnlineAug 21, 2018

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9ccSsVlIY4

  • King 5 TV appearanceAug 21, 2018

    https://www.king5.com/article/entertainment/television/programs/evening/macklemores-violinist-andrew-joslyn-releases-solo-album/281-459202731