Well, most people know me from having some great moments on live TV as an artist, Vocalist on NBC's The Voice. I've had some amazing opportunities proceeding that such as having one of my own songs as HBO's fall seasonal trailer, songwriting and arranging credit on One Directions 'Made in the AM' and much more I've been fortunate enough to have.
I've been a touring musician for acts like Poison, Glenn Frey, Billy Ray Cyrus, and even got some keyboard credit on Michael Jacksons post-mortem release 'Michael'. I was in fact on the Voice s5 and came in 3rd. I believe my strong suit and passion is production/arrangement, just finding that spark 'As Timbaland says' in a song idea. I would say my main strong suits genre wise are Future-soul, some Indie, Hybrid Trap and I mainly have been diggin acts like Flume, Chet Faker, Rufus Du Sol and other unique acts on the edge of tomorrows sound. I try and keep music as a lifestyle and let the career part happen by loving what I do.
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Interview with Will Champlin
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: There is a lot of People. I just recommended one today. My buddy Adam Martin.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: This is not the question I'm able to answer. I simply work with what I have and follow thru to the warmest tones I can. As long as each element has purpose and all low information frequencies are carved out of the right instruments I listen for balance and blend.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People don't see me for all I can accomplish. I never enjoyed being surfaced based. That's one of the bad outcomes of being on TV on a reality show. People can't see into my true industry professionalism but only performance talent.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop Keyboard Guitar Mic Pioneer decks
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Soul, New Wave, Indie
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When everyone obsessively grabs their sounds and ear candy via Splice, be unique and create those sounds homemade. Everything on the cloud is starting to become apparent in several recordings I look for the DNA of a song idea.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Anything from R&B, soul, Rock all the way to trap and electronic genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: At, being a vocalist is what I'm known for. As well as a piano player/keys. I
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I usually bring the character sound and elements to identify the song first. I usually like to do this before even writing. Such as a vocal sample, or some other unexplainable tone/spark that sets the vibe up to be born into a great modern composition.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to lay the foundation and arrangement of a song while in the flow to have enough to get on the mic or whomever on the mic feeling good about the overall groove.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an Apollo 8 interface, Lewitt LCT 940 tube Studio Mic (Sounds incredible), I don't have to use that many plugins on it either. Warm Audio 2 channel british mic preamp. KRK speakers Moog Sub 37. A few guitars, basses and a sweet Deering Banjo.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Definitely Vocal Sessions. A lot of fellow artists of my peers will hire me to Produce the track we co-write. Within those sessions I usually focus on a lot of modern non-traditional vocal production such as taking certain riffs and making those the re-sampled hook with some modern processing to