Hi I'm Harris, highly-creative outside-the-box producer, specializing in trippy analog synth hip-hop / R&B. My specialty is working closely with singer/songwriters to help them assess their skills and goals, and then execute all the necessary creative steps, from vision & concept to production, to mixing and final polished product.
The most rewarding thing for me is working with you to flesh out your vision with the highest emphasis on originality. I'm passionate about breaking the rules; flipping things on their head, turning the box inside out. We will embrace imperfection, embrace your unique ideas, and develop your sound to completely reflect your genuine style. This is the way to create work that stands the test of time: we play the long game; developing real skills and assets, honing your craft, and believing in the vision 100%.
-Over 12,000 hours writing and producing music
-Attended Oberlin College and Pyramind Audio Production School
-Clients include Ayer, Cathedrals, Von Sell, Facebook
One of the most important parts of my process is using reference tracks. Give me one or two tracks you love, and if you can target specific elements you love I can build my own versions of that. I think that’s what I do best - connect with your vision and give you a variety of sounds that resonate with me, and simultaneously resonate with you. Everything has to be done with love. The craft is about using every moment as an opportunity to learn, and there’s no one I can’t learn from. I love exploring your personal music taste and using that as a way to understand your artistic identity, and then approach that as a creative challenge- how can we combine our strengths to create a completely new sound?
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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: 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 type of music do you usually work on?
A: Analog synth, 80s, pop, synth pop, dark pop, avant garde pop, hip-hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Analog synths and mixing.
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'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: 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 other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kanye West, Max Martin, Queen, Radiohead, Frank Ocean, James Blake
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.