I enjoy taking old and gritty sounds and wrapping them with that modern pop shine.
I will work with you on your song from start to finish to help make your work something you are genuinely proud of. I'll help you get the best parts of your idea across, from mapping out the demo to optimally capturing the vocal. I will be honest with your work, and we will take all steps necessary to make the song translate best and connect with your listeners. If you're not 100% sure what your next move should be, it's time to collaborate. Let's talk about your project.
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9 Reviews - 4 Repeat ClientsEndorse Michael C.
I love working with Michael. This is our 2nd track that we've worked on together, and the experience only gets better. I highly recommend Michael, and would work with him again, and again!
Wow. I love our co production. He also mixed and mastered it and I'm very happy for the result. He works very professional and I felt very much that he loves doing music. I will work with him again. also very friendly and he have great ideas. Thanks.
Michael was great to work it! Delivers in a timely manner and provides follow-ups when needed. Will be reaching out again.
Highly recommend. Michael is creatively brilliant -- he took a track that I didn't quite know what direction to take it and turned it into a bop.
I look forward to working with him again!
Excellent as always and super patient w/ changing schedules and feedback. Professional and good sounding!
It was great working with Michael, he's super responsive, very talented, and I absolutely loved the result. He created a production around my song (melody and lyrics), and I felt brought a lot to the table. He's very professional, and organized. I'd definitely work with him again!
Very quick and communicative, top notch results!
Great tips and advice on songwriting, would highly recommend!
Professional, prompt, and patient, with a sixth sense for intuiting the 'special sauce' that can take each song to the next level.
Interview with Michael C.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I approach all production work to support what the songwriter is trying to convey. At the end of the project, the listeners will enjoy an exciting, unique, and polished piece of work.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Really, only 5? My computer w/ DAW and soft synths, a MIDI keyboard, a condenser mic, a directional dynamic mic (for when the ocean is too loud), and headphones. I hope I remember to stash all the cables, dongles, and iLok somewhere!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We’re going to have fun, and we’re not going to be afraid to try new things!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually start with collecting any existing materials (demo, stems, concepts, etc.) and discuss with the artist about referencing, finding inspiration, and familiarizing myself with their vision for the work. I will then begin the discovery process; I listen to all the materials and references and take notes of any specific techniques that could work for this case. Once I grasp the landscape, I pull up a session and start brainstorming and putting down all ideas in one sitting. Next, I take all the parts and start editing them and arranging the song with fresh ears. Once the song can be played through, and there is an apparent direction, it’s time to bring in the artist. I will host a video chat where I screenshare the session file and broadcast the audio from the session file directly to the artist. With both of us hearing everything in real-time (soloing parts, changing or removing elements, etc.), we talk about where the song should go from here. These notes usually get me through to getting a version together that is ready for the revision process. Revisions that are within reason and contribute to bettering the project are always free. Each project has different needs, so there may be some more steps along the way, and getting everything done in the proper order is critical for the project’s outcome.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: After experiencing a mid-pandemic lay-off from my desk job, I traded Brooklyn apartment amenities for a house with a basement. Most people wouldn’t be so excited about having the blank canvas of a basement, but any music producer will likely agree; after years of renting studio space in the city, having a space to set up and customize to your workflow is a game-changer. My setup is an ever-evolving customization project, but I have to say that the best investment I have made thus far is my acoustic treatment. Second to my acoustic panels, I have a custom desk that puts my mix and monitoring controllers right at my fingertips. I am a firm believer in being able to “touch” a mix instead of clicking on the screen with a mouse. Add in my guitars and collection of virtual synths, and I have unlimited sources of inspiration!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I have an enormous amount of respect for other professional creatives that take their craft seriously. A few of my favorite people behind the scenes are; Ian Kirkpatrick, Ryan Tedder, Charlie Puth, Jenna Andrews, KOZ, Kito, Felix Cartal, LAUV, and there are many, many more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work in all phases of the music-making process; songwriting, arrangement, tracking, production, mixing, mastering, even a long history of doing live sound. While working remotely, I find that I mostly fit in between the songwriting/demoing phase, building the vibe and elements of the track, and being involved through the mixing process.