Great moments need great music. And I got great music.
Classically trained vocalist (St. John's Church, Washington DC; DC American Youth Chorus; Eastman School of Music), with international performance experience, from the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC to 脸谱 Lianpu "The Mask" bar in China. Self taught guitarist and ukulele player of 10+ years. Self producing beats with Ableton Live, Pro Tools, and Fl Studio since 2007. And an avid songwriter with plenty of material online, with self-made visual content to match. Influences include Hawaiian slack key guitar, soul, R&B, hip-hop, and afrobeats...
In the booth, on the 1s and 2s, songwriting, ukulele strumming. I got it all. LA based. DC raised. Reach out ya?
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Interview with Teddy Rycroft
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip-hop and Soul are the biggest genres I operate in currently
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My adaptability is my strongest skill. I can be the song-writer, the singer, the recording engineer, the mix engineer, the producer, or the performer. And I am highly professional wearing each hat.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start with the feeling or idea I want to create. Typically get into a good headspace first. Beat-making takes 30-45 minutes to get a solid draft down. From there I'll either add vocals, or send to the client, or sit on it for a day before going in and touching up certain parts.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of Ableton 10 with Fostex PMO.3H monitors, Avid Mbox (3rd Generation), and plenty of outboard gear (2 guitars, 10 ukuleles, M-Audio Venom Synth, Ableton Push, etc). Depending on the needs of the client, I may work in a downtown studio, with even more professional monitors, sub woofer, and AD/DA converters.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anyone in the industry because they want to make good music inspire me. I've learned a lot about mixing from Dave Pensado; a lot about musicianship from the greats, Michael Jackson, Sade, Bobby McFerrin, and many more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production is very common for my work. You tell me what kind of sound you're looking for. That can be as vague as a feeling, image, memory; or as specific as a type of artist/song. From there I'll create something you're super satisfied. If desired, I can also mix and master the song to my clients' needs
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever sounds GOOD. Whatever setup and situation allows for the greatest flow of ideas, ease of creation, and harmony of collaboration.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn every single keyboard shortcut
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A rich understanding of poetry, lyricism, and innovative line crafting. Each verse, each chorus, each line, word; they’re all areas to infuse the song with one’s own voice, style, and persona. The same goes for melody. I have a deep understanding and feel for melody, what’s trending, what sounds good (not always the same), and am always looking for ways to create. When you speak from a deep part of yourself innovation is always the result.