Producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist with over 10 years of experience. Credits include Universal Music, Warner Records, Lionsgate and more.
As a producer, my main objective is always to make the song shine. Programming, instrumentation, sounds and arrangement all exist to serve the song as a whole and to display the artist in the best possible light. If the production is amazing but it is wrong for the song, then the producer hasn't done their job well.
I specialize in taking a simple guitar or piano and vocal demo and creating a fully produced arrangement. I've had the opportunity to engineer for, and learn from some of the biggest names in the industry, and I bring that knowledge and experience to every new production.
As a mix engineer, my philosophy is similar to my production philosophy: The song always comes first. A dynamic, punchy mix that highlights the best of the song is always what I aim for.
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7 ReviewsEndorse Nate Kohrs
Nate, was very professional throughout the process. He did a great job and has a great ear for music.
Been Working with Nate for a while now. His creative influences and on point edits have made my pieces out of this world. Thanks Nate!!! Looking forward to our next project.....
I have been working with Nate for years and he is a real pro. He puts his heart and passion into the production and the music and always gets the job done right. Whenever I need something to shine, he is my go to guy.
Nate produced advertising spots broadcast on radio and web for our Manhattan-based technology firm. Nate's music was not only the cornerstone of a successful marketing campaign, but also a theme for employees at our expanding, regional company to rally around. Experiencing Nate's creative force - from the onset of the project to the high quality output for our campaign - we had no doubt we made the right choice.
From the first song we worked on I knew Nate Kohrs was the perfect fit. He knew exactly what was right for my songs, which is not always a given when it comes to alt/indie music like mine. Nate was responsible for recording and producing my record & now that we worked together I can't see myself working with someone else. He really brought the best out of my material, with great taste, flair, subtlety and talent. Kohrs is more than a class A audio engineer, he is also a skilled multi-instrumentalist, a talented composer. A complete professional and a good person to top it of!
Nate is an absolute pleasure to work with. As a movie producer and director that heavily rely on excellent sound and music, Nate has become our go to music-guru. All of our projects are have a much higher production value because of Nate’s contribution as an engineer and composer. We, at Compass Pictures, highly recommend Nate Kohrs for his deep music knowledge, understanding of psychology and the role music play to evoke the desired emotions, and for how fun and easy it is to collaborate with him.
Nate is a very talented musician, mix engineer, composer and producer. Whatever sound you're looking for with your song, Nate can deliver. Nate has produced multiple songs of mine and not only does the song and the track end up sounding incredible, he also provides a very comfortable studio environment that nurtures creativity. He takes every single creative suggestion that the artist gives into consideration and is willing to work hard to make you and your song sound the best it possibly can. Once you have the final mix in hand you will not be disappointed... Nate is a true professional.
Interview with Nate Kohrs
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced an album in Australia for a friend of mine from France. We met in New York, recorded solid guitar and vocal tracks of his songs, and I took the tracks to Melbourne and 'filled in the band' around his super indie/vibey songs. I mixed the record and had it mastered locally in Melbourne. The whole project was rough around the edges in the best rock n roll kind of way. He was very happy with the results and we have stayed close friends since.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on a demo for a Nashville client.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Rob Murray is a good buddy of mine. We worked at Downtown NYC together and his mixing and mastering is totally on point. Would recommend him to anyone.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It's fast, it sounds great, and it's fast.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise I will keep at it until they get the best possible production for their music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the moment when I'm cutting a guitar track and I can feel the song lifting up and floating. Sounds kind of hippy-ish, but for me, that's the best moment of my workday... when the emotion of the moment takes over.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Most clients ask how long it will take. I try to give them an honest window of the amount of time it will take based on my workload and the speed at which I can create tracks. Because of my ability to work quickly, my timeframe is often much faster than they're anticipating.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception I've encountered is that clients less familiar with the production process is that they don't realize I can play many different instruments, and that I am able to mix all my productions myself.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I generally ask clients what music inspires them, or what music inspired this particular track. Do they have any idea of what they'd like the project to resemble? Is there an artist (other than him/herself) that they could envision performing this song? Is this music sunny, top down driving music? Is it late night whiskey sipping music?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My advice to a customer looking to hire someone like me is to be upfront about the style and vibe you are looking for. If you want a track that's aggressive and synthetic, say so. If you want something more dynamic and organic, be sure to let me know. I'm happy to work with you to create whatever you'd like... as long as I know what I'm aiming for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: SM7, UAD Apollo, MacBook Pro, Fender Strat, DT 770s
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for over 10 years. I went to school for audio production and interned with Tony Maserati. I eventually moved to NYC to work in a big studio (Downtown Records). From there I began doing freelance work with artists and film directors. I lived in Melbourne Australia for a few years where I produced albums, scored films, and collaborated (long distance) with some Nashville artists and publishers. After moving to LA I built a production studio downtown and am currently working from there.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is rooted in rock and blues in a very general sense, but I love good pop production. My projects tend to combine these elements and hopefully bring out the best in both.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with Kip Moore. I think his acoustic recordings sound great, as do his more fully produced work. I think his voice is killer as well, and I think it would be a ton of fun to bounce ideas around with someone who takes songcraft as seriously as he seems to.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I reference a lot of different music when I'm working. I don't like to copy anyone else's work, but I like to compare low end, vocal level, etc so I know my mixes will be competitive.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on a combination of pop and/or country. I also do a lot of film music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is creating a really great rhythm section to support an arrangement. Ear candy is great, and fun to play with, but a solid rhythm section, wether it's live or programmed, is the backbone of a song. I pride myself on being able to make a rhythm section quickly find it's groove.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a lot of musical experience to a song. I'm first and foremost a fan of music... a music lover. I'm honored to be a part of any artist's production, so I try and fill in the missing voice in the room to bring balance to a production.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically I begin by determining the style and vibe of the song. I often start with a rhythmic element (drums, percussion) and then begin building the mix from the bottom up. I try and save as much live instrumentation until I have a solid bed of a song so that the live playing grooves and flows naturally with the rest of the arrangement. I tend to mix as I go, so if I'm sending in-prog versions to clients, they are already sounding pretty close to a proper mix.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an acoustically isolated production space in downtown LA. I have a collection of instruments and amps, but I do a lot of 'in the box' production and mixing. I find this way of working (real instruments mixed with synths and samples) gives the best most human feel (when needed) and also allows me to work very quickly.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by songwriters who actively hone their craft and improve their songwriting and singing ability in both the studio and in live gigs.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I typically am hired to produce songs for artists who have completed or nearly completed songs, often recorded as 'work tapes' (guitar and vocal). I work with the artist or on my own to create a complete band arrangement of the song. We then cut final vocals at my studio, or the client sends me a completed final vocal for mix.