Hi I'm Harris, music producer and songwriter specializing in 80s, synth, R&B, HIP-HOP, Pop. I've produced tracks that have garnered millions of plays (CATHEDRALS, AYER, VON SELL). 20 years of piano training, Jazz and Classical. Attended two music schools, logged over 12,000 hours of studio time & songwriting.
I combine both my extensive experience as a producer and a songwriter to give you a goldmine of ideas that we then refine into a beautiful finished product that is the ultimate version of your vision. I have a very rapid turnaround time on new ideas, and I pride myself in my incredibly advanced sound design techniques which I have refined over my 15 years of production and songwriting experience. I can zoom in on tiny little details, and I can also help you assess the big-picture scale of things--the overall vibe, texture, movement, shape, and weight of a song.
My secret formula for a great song: melody + rhythm + [special X factor]. The X factor may be something small, just a riff or a tiny sample, or it may be big like a super catchy hook--but the point is to find the absolute essence of a song and distill it down to the purest version of itself- and then let the entire song SHINE and EXLODE with the energy of that unique essence.
Making a piece of music is like weaving together layers of fabric: every layer, every stitch, requires immaculate attention- I know that once something is released, it is alive forever so I want it to be the absolute best it can be.
-Over 12,000 hours writing and producing music
-Attended Oberlin College and Pyramind Audio Production School
-Clients include Ayer, Cathedrals, Von Sell, Facebook
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8 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Harris Mac
Just like our first collaboration, Harris was a joy to work with. He's professional and fast. I'll be back.
It was amazing hearing the life Harris brought to the track I wrote. From mixing the overall soundscape to creating some super dope additional instrumentals, percussions and weaving some plug in mastery, the production quality surpassed expectations. Def had a feel for the vibe I was going for and helped build upon it and bring out the attitude I was looking for the song.
Been working with Harris the last couple months. As a song-writer, I have a lot of goals and sounds I'm trying to accomplish with a limited set of tools sometimes. Harris is not only a great producer, with the tool-kit and skills to execute a track technically, but also an artist and cultivator of 'voice' and originality. Being able to collaborate on a track from scratch and allowing our visions to take form has been liberating. As an artist looking to make new sounds/future-pop, Harris has been an innovative producer that has helped me develop and serve on a whole new level.
Where do I start?!?!?!
Harris has been a major aggresor in developing my sound, couldn't do it without him honestly. From building onto initial ideas to building from scratch in the moment, he has the ability to get into your head and knows exactly how to extract your vision. He's the real deal ya'll, and a dope artist to top it off!
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Harris is a fantastic choice to work with if you're going for an 80s-esque vibe. Patience and flexible to fit my vision for the track.
Harris MacDonald is professional, knowledgeable, and one of the most outstanding producer /engineers we've ever had the honor of working with.
He makes the creative process fun, positive, and stress free while giving insight and constructive feedback when needed.
He gives you the freedom to make what you have in your mind without any restrictions on your art.
He is extremely proficient in all styles of music and if there's something he's not familiar with he can quickly pick up that style to help you complete your vision.
If you want to create something amazing choose Harris Macdonald.
one of the most talented people ive ever met. harris not only has the vision but works with you and pushes you to achieve not only the sound you want but to help you grow into an atrist. ive turned out so many songs with this dude and i cant wait to make more .
Harris helped me put together a few hip hop tracks, he created dope beats from scratch and brought a keen musician's insight to every project. I highly recommend!
Interview with Harris Mac
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly I work with solo songwriters and producers to help them actualize their ideas into radio-ready, highly polished productions. My greatest strengths are melodies, basslines, beats, and anything involving analog synths. My favorite projects involve starting from scratch and co-writing a track working closely with my client, based off references and influences.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kanye West, Max Martin, Queen, Radiohead, Frank Ocean, James Blake
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is a compact yet powerful setup with the following gear: Gretsch Drum Kit JUNO 60 (vintage) MOOG PRODIGY (vintage) M-AUDIO 49 (midi) ARTURIA (midi) Fender Strat Guitar Ibanez SDGR Bass Acoustic B100 Bass amp HS8 Monitors AKG C414 Vocal Mic SM7B Vocal Mic
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Generally I like to start with a reference track to give us a sense of direction and vibe. Then I'll start a foundation of drums, chords, and melody; after that I'll go in further and focus on subtle details like background textures, ornaments, transitions, "ear candy" moments.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a unique analog synth flavor, reminiscent of 80s productions but infused with modern pop and R&B. A ton of my samples I recorded myself along my travels and in numerous locations- I love using found sounds and homemade recordings to create my own drums and percussion.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Analog synth, 80s, pop, synth pop, dark pop, avant garde pop, hip-hop
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One of my favorite "secret sauce" tips- take any random recording, like an iPhone voice memo or something you recorded- chop it into 50-80 pieces, map it to a keyboard, and play the keys to find snippets you like. This works for drums, percussion, ambient sounds, ornaments, etc.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Analog synths and mixing.