Rich Woodson

Songwriter/Producer

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Hi. I'm a songwriter/producer based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. I love writing sophisticated melodies/harmonies and doing pop production. I strive for catchiness above all else.

I always start with harmonies, then add bass to anchor the root (usually) then a scratch beat and lastly the vocal melody, which (as with everything else) I write directly into Logic using MIDI. Sometimes a melody comes together in 5 minutes, sometimes it takes weeks and sometimes nothing ever comes of a particular sequence of melody, chords, and rhythms. Sometimes abandoning an idea (at least temporarily) is the best solution. As a lyric writer, I'm very much a "song math" guy. Melody first, then fit syllables to the melodic contour. The words have to make sense, of course, on both micro and macro levels and have a sense of overall narrative arc. But having said that, my process is pretty 'mathy.' In most instances, if there's something novel about a song's melodic and harmonic construction, people will go along with just about any kind of lyric. It helps though if it's sung well.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

4 Reviews

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  1. Review by Matt Dougherty
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    Good times per usual!

  2. Review by Gabriel Kitzman
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    Great songs with an fun vibe ! Excited to jump in the next one 🤘🏻

  3. Review by Gabriel Kitzman
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    Great track, great song, great attitude. Loved the opportunity to sing for Rich. Definitely a master of melody, if you have the chance to work on one of his songs take it

  4. Review by Matt Dougherty
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    GREAT time working with Rich on his track, super catchy and well written song. Very professional and super clear sense of direction, good times!

Interview with Rich Woodson

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I work out of my girlfriend's apartment with a pair of Yamaha HS 4 monitors, acoustic guitar, tambourine, shaker. Simple.

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: My strongest skill is writing melody. It helps to start off with harmony that's a little bit unusual but I can usually make something out of nothing in this regard. It's not always easy but I think the end result is worth it.

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

  6. A: Different shades of pop.

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

  8. A: Stack compressors that each reduce gain by a dB or so. If you stack 4 compressors like this, the result will be 4 dBs of gain reduction but tonally and texturally speaking, it will one much smoother than taking one compressor and smashing the shit out of your song's dynamics.

  9. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  10. A: Gabriel Kitzman, a singer/producer out of Nashville.

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: Melodic, left-field pop.

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: Know what you want going in. Try to be clear and upbeat in your communication, especially when asking for revisions of something that may not be what you were looking for the first time. Communication style makes a HUGE difference!

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

  16. A: Deadline, goals, where will the song end up eventually? Demo? Release for digital distribution?

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

  18. A: That it's easy and quick. Making songs requires listening to the same song or songs many many times and making tweaks that to the undiscerning ear are negligible or inaudible.

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