Raymond Richards

Producer, Pedal Steel Guitar

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I have produced many records for top independant artists, like Local Natives, and engineered many like LCD Soundsystem.

My process with most solo artists is very simple and direct. I love sitting down with someone and figuring out what they want their music to sound like. I like to discuss different aspects of their favorite music, then work some of those aspects into their own creations.
I have a deep well of professional musicians to draw from all along the West Coast, and enjoy the challenge of assembling a dream-team of backing musicians for an artist.
Alternatively, I enjoy being a ‘gentle shepard’ to an already established band, and helping them navigate the sometimes challenging task of making a record that represents multiple perspectives within a creative ensemble.
Mostly, I put my whole heart into every record I produce, and I feel like that shows.

I can also play pedal steel on your next record.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

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16 Reviews

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  1. Review by Kyleen King
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    Raymond is one of the best engineers/mixers I’ve ever worked with, and I don’t say that lightly - I’ve worked with many. He knows his gear, he’s efficient with time, he’s level-headed and his creative ideas are tasteful and impressive. If you want your record done right, hire Raymond.

  2. Review by Marissa
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    We’ve worked with Raymond on a full length album, 2 EPs and a few singles. He’s become a good friend and always puts his heart an soul into our projects. I would always recommend him to indie artists looking to get their music produced by a professional who knows what he’s doing and really cares about music.

  3. Review by Patrick Goddard
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    Raymond actualized the vision my collaborator and I had for our songs in a remarkable fashion. He was able to bring in trusted session musicians, as well as work with a few of us he had never worked before, to create a comfortable environment and produce excellent results. He has a gentle, nurturing, yet effective demeanor to move a session along. His genius is not only as a producer, but as a fantastic engineer and mixer, whose combination of equipment and skill, creates a signature sound that is unique and warm to the ears. A true honor to work with Mr. Richards.

  4. Review by franck fiser
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    Having worked with Raymond on many albums as a session player, I was consistently blown away by his repertoire of creativity. He's directly responsible for taking my playing to new heights. Not only is he a fantastic producer, he's an amazing musician and an all around inspiration in the studio. As a proficient multi-instrumentalist, touring professional and seasoned producer, he's a one stop shop of knowledge and ability. I've played tons of shows with Raymond, tracked for several of his clients as well as recorded many passion projects of my own...Its always an adventure and it's always fun.

  5. Review by Jody Glenham
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    Raymond is the go to guy for good sound! Having worked with Raymond on multiple occasions, I appreciate his positive demeanor as well as his keen ability to move a session along productively. His knowledge of gear and expertise in the studio have always produced outstanding results as well as his musical contributions were appreciated during recording sessions.

  6. Review by David Beach
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    I had the best experience with Raymond! He listens, he’s thoughtful, and he truly cares about the creative process and making exceptional recordings. Working with him was a delight and what we made sounds phenomenal. I love how he works. Raymond is an extremely talented producer and engineer. A true artist!

  7. Review by Rose Shawhan
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    Raymond has impeccable taste, and an even better ear. I've made three records with him so far, and I'm looking forward to our fourth. His gear game is on point with the most beautiful microphones I've ever heard and a whole slew of vintage keyboards and amps. He can also play pretty much anything with strings or keys better than probably anyone you know. His ability to pull guitar hooks out of thin air never ceases to amaze me. He has a fairly encyclopedic scope of musical reference to draw on, and he's downright nerdy about all the tech stuff, so you don't have to be.

  8. Review by Zander Cox
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    I had a great time recording with Raymond. We got sweet sounds and had a blast. He has some cool tricks up his sleeve, but you have to work with him to find out what they are. Also, gotta love that board.

  9. Review by  Matthew Heckmann
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    Raymond is one of the most self-actualized people I have ever met. I considered myself a novice in the studio The first time I worked with him back in 2015, But afforded me the same respect and care that he would’ve given a seasoned veteran. He really cares about catching the vision for your project and contributing to that in brilliant and un expected ways. More than that, he took a genuine interest in my career as a musician, and in my journey as a person which I will always be grateful for and my life will forever bear the impact of.

  10. Review by James Lockhart
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    Raymond is a kind and patient presence with an arsenal of unique creative tools. I've worked with him on two records now and I'm always inspired by his commitment to creating a space that feels comfortable and productive for artists. I could go on about his production talents but any of his work speaks for me in that regard - what makes Raymond truly special on another level is how much fun it is to work with him. If you trust him with your songs I guarantee you'll find yourself consistently lost in rare and precious headspace of elated music-making.

  11. Review by Ji Tanzer
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    I’ve been a part of hundreds of recording sessions and mix sessions over the last 28 years and I can say unequivocally that Raymond is the creme de la creme. The sessions we’ve shared together have each had their tricky bits, and he has navigated them with clarity and poise. As a producer he has patience, a vast and up to date understanding of genre, a great ear for sonics and a cogent underlying sense of intuition...all of which have been a great help to every client/session that we’ve shared. Highly, highly recommended...
    —Ji Tanzer (session/live drummer, producer)

  12. Review by Kevin Lee Florence
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    Raymond is an excellent recorded maker. He is kind and caring to artists and approaches projects with a sympathetic ear.

  13. Review by Michael Blake
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    Not only is Raymond great at what he does, he is also a great guy, super fun to be around. Also, he knows the subtle art of getting good performances out of whoever he’s working with.

  14. Review by Max Moon
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    I worked with Raymond in Los Angeles as his engineer for several years, during this time we worked with artists at various stages of their development, some putting out their first full length and playing local shows, some experienced record makers who were touring the states. No matter their experience level Raymond always put the same level of care and attention into each record, guiding artists, emotionally and sonically, through the record creation process, creating beautiful sounding records in the process. I can't recommend him enough.

  15. Review by Adam B.
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    Timeless producer.He is an Inspirational musician who intends to broaden and magnify what it means to have fun and be creative. One of the top producers and engineers in this town hands down. Guitar, pedal steel, juice harp. tambourine, you want it, He's got it.

  16. Review by Luke Messimer
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    I have worked with Raymond on several different projects that span multiple genres and with every session he brings his signature positive energy and expert knowledge that truly pushes you as a musician to create the best possible product. Out of the many producers and engineers I have worked with, Raymond is at the top of the list. You can't go wrong with the guy.

Interview with Raymond Richards

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

  2. A: Try not to use technology that changes your music into something you could never achive without it.

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: Arrangements are my strength, I can help the right artist re-imagine their three-chord masterpiece with the slightest tweak and elevate the song to a new level.

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

  6. A: That I write music for my clients. I love writing hooks, and string arrangements, but those are always things I’m ‘invited’ to do, I never push my ideas on people.

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

  8. A: I am producing an Ambient Pedal Steel record for ESP Institute.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Both, analog and digital both have there place in the music I produce.

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

  12. A: Do you want music to be your career?

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

  14. A: Listen to my samples, if they inspire you, reach out. I’d love to discuss your music with you.

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

  16. A: I encourage pre-production with bands which includes refinement of arrangements, performance, and instrumentation. This all saves valuable hours in the studio.

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

  18. A: I help talented singer-songwriter select material, musicians, and a pallet of sonic inspiration for their record.

GenresSounds Like
  • Local Natives
  • The Parson Red Heads
  • Brother Moses
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  • Trident 80B
  • Neumann U67
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