Professional singer/songwriter/producer who has worked in the UK, China and New Zealand and regularly sings on artist and commercial productions all around the world. Marshall is MD for The Sound Room production house and releases material under the artist name 'Marshmellow'.
Experienced professional singer specialising in pop / edm / rock / r&b / soul. Tenor with 3 octave range. Recorded and performed for many years in the UK, China & New Zealand with numerous artist & commercial credits to his name. Award winning songwriter / producer and composer and keyboardist.
I will provide a top quality professional vocal performance - usually unless requested otherwise I will provide a full lead vocal with doubling, bv's / harmonies and a few ad libs to give you options. Generally will provide a guide mix.
I can provide full tuned stems of the vocals or stem mixes as required.
I can also do full mix and master of any tracks too if required.
Generally I charge $170 - 270 USD for a vocal session but happy to discuss!
Generally I can turn around track in 1 - 2 days depending on time zone!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Marshall Smith
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was co-composer on the score for 'Big Pacific' a 5 part documentary series for Discovery/PBS in the USA. Most fun i've had yet as a composer - epic!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A few documentary scores, an album production, a game and a few shampoo commercials for Asia :)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet but i'll let you know - amazing talent on here.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital baby. The pro's far outway the cons - trust me i've been there!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will always give you my 100% on any performance.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to make music every day.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy. It takes a lifetime of work to sound good and keep on sounding good.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Any reference tracks? Any description of what you're after?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Check it out! You won't be disappointed.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My piano, that's about it!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a songwriter and producer of some kind since around 15 - full time professional for last 15 years or so.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Soulful singer/songwriter pop
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kate Bush. Because - Kate Bush.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Surround yourself with talented and inspiring people!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Almost every style you can imagine - I tend to gravitate as a singer towards pop, electronica, world, blues, acoustic singer/songwriter vibes. But I have literally worked on every style you can name - opera, death metal, k-pop, choral...
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Singing, followed by lyrics I'd say.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 30+ years in the music business - 1000s of songs written and published, a lot of passion, heart & soul.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Get brief, record, mix and send back to client! Also talk to cat, walk to beach, have another cup of tea :)
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a purpose built music studio in my house near the beach in Auckland - it's fully treated and is loaded with great gear and a very beautiful Kawai piano.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too many to mention! But those that are living their dream and making music that they love with good people in interesting places.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I regularly sing lead, backing harmonies and ad libs on artist and band productions in the studio in person or online all around the world. I also write and produce music for tv / film / games most days of the week.