David Kershenbaum

Prod, Exec Prod, Consult, Mix

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I have produced & mixed over 75 international gold and platinum albums. Whether you need a vibrant mix, online production,help with lyrics, structure, arrangement, song selection. I also offer EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION to oversee your project. I have worked the most successful artists in the world BEFORE they became successful. DEEP INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE.

There's not a lot of producers around today with my type of experience and background. I specialize in creating great vocal performances and can record real instruments as well as having a solid knowledge of electronic ones as well. I can work with you either in-studio or long-distance via Zoom.

Need help fine tuning your work? Happy to evaluate your demos before spending money and time on recording recording or offer suggestions and notes during the process of recording and mixing. This service is available by the hour by phone or ZOOM/Audiomovers

I worked with or discovered many star recording artists; including Duran, Duran, Supertramp, Janet Jackson, Cat Stevens, Tracy Chapman, Bryan Adams, Joe Jackson, Peter Frampton, Laura Branigan. I was a Senior Executive RCA Records, A&M Records, Morgan Creek Films/Music. and have a long history of finding, developing and producing new talent. At A&M Records, as Vice-President of A&R, I oversaw iconic artist rosters including; The Police, Bryan Adams, The Human League, STYX, OMD, and many others, signing and developing star-artists. As an independent producer, I worked with Tracy Chapman, Duran, Duran, Tori Amos, Cat Stevens and Supertramp among others.

Please tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above. Please include a DEMO.

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35 Reviews - 9 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by slade
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    Working on an EP with David was an honor. Having met David online I was definitely apprehensive at first. However, David was extremely understanding and respectful and it quickly became obvious that working with a man of his level and qualifications was not to be taken lightly. David is a unique industry professional with unmatched connection and an obvious passion for music. I had a blast and leaned so much and I'm sure you will too!

  2. Review by Vincent M.
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    Great fun working with David on this track as well. I had it more finished than the others, but he takes it to another level, getting sessions musicians to play a few of the parts, guiding vocals, and then mixing the song to really bring out each part. One of the few still using some analog gear as part of his setup, and it really makes a difference!

  3. Review by Vincent M.
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    My 3rd song with David - this one has really met all my expectations. David's easy to work with, gives great advice and goes the extra mile to make everything polished and perfect in the end. He also has the connections to know what musician to bring in for a particular live part.

  4. Review by David F.
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    I'm so grateful to David. His productions are world-class (read his bio for the dozens of named acts he has worked with over the years). He is respectful of the artist's vision while finding ways to deeply enhance it. He is very easy to work with but, at the same time, holds everyone to extremely high musical standards (including himself). If you work with David, he will inspire you to new heights as a musician and bring out the absolute best in your productions.

  5. Review by Connor O.
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    We had a consultation with David on a song we have been looking to get mixed; what I expected and what I received were drastically different. The amount of detail, thought, effort and information we were given was incredible and we were in awe of the professionalism that David brought. We can't wait to continue working with him in the future. Look no further if you want a job done right by a pro who knows what needs to get done!

  6. Review by Paint p.
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    David's resume was enough for me, and yet he still went above and beyond with his consultation on two of my songs. He went through two demos and gave me detailed feedback on how to improve the song, the strengths of the song, and how he can help. It's an honor for me to work with someone who has produced music for some of my all-time favorite musicians. Thank you for everything so far, David! And we only just started. :)

  7. Review by David F.
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    David served as the producer for this song and did an absolutely masterful job as only someone who has worked with artists like Tracy Chapman, Joe Jackson, Tori Amos, the Police, and Bryan Adams could. His role extended to budgeting, engaging renowned studio musicians, leading sessions via Audio Movers, tuning vocals, and creating the final mix. He was a delight to work with throughout. Confident and creative with his suggestions but always collaborative. I recommend him very highly.

  8. Review by Vincent M.
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    Good comments & advice on my song. Very engaged, insightful and responsive. It was a pleasure connecting with David, and I look forward to doing so again.

  9. Review by Noah K.
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    Working with David has been an experience of a lifetime! He is an absolute master in song production and has an impressive list of studio musicians to draw from. From the very start, I appreciated David's kindness and integrity. During the process of recording, I was constantly in awe of the amount of hard work and focus he directed towards my track. I am so thankful for this experience and it was worth every penny. I am excited for what's next and hope to record more with David!!!

  10. Review by Colt B.
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    David and I have now worked on 3 projects together and I could not have found a better fit. Having just had a newborn, and many other life changes, David understood my time constraints, and still helped to march through the project to finish with great results each time. Everything you would want in a professional producer, thank you David!

  11. Review by Roger S.
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    David took a very mindful and in depth look into my song and provided me with pre-written notes and a zoom breaking down every element of the song. He broke down everything he liked and everything he thought needed improvement in a very well thought out way. His feedback has definitely helped me with my songwriting in ways I didn’t even consider thinking of before. This man is an expert

  12. Review by Belinda S.
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    David is amazing and provided a professional review of my daughter's songwriting structure. As a very competent industry representative and very thorough, I can highly recommend his services. It was a great pleasure to work with David and share his enthusiasm for the craft.

  13. Review by David F.
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    David has worked closely with a long list of top artists over the years, helping shape the sounds associated with them. So, I was thrilled when he agreed to apply his talents to my music, and I could not be more pleased with the effort he poured into my project or the results. He does a wonderful job of understanding the DNA of an artist's music and shining a spotlight on it. David is also extremely easy to work with. Seize the opportunity if you get a chance to work with him.

  14. Review by David F.
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    David really pulled the fat out of the fire with this track by bringing in a killer guitar player for an overdub and remixing it. It made all the difference and was accomplished in short order. Extremely pleased. Thanks, David!

  15. Review by David F.
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    I can't praise David enough. He brings a lifetime of experience with top musical artists to his work mixing and producing, and it shows. But what really sets him apart has been his caring about my music and me as an artist. I'd like to think I'm no slouch as a musician, but David has inspired me to aim higher, dig deeper. He shares his suggestions gently, and they are always spot on. I'm grateful to David and plan to turn to him again and again.

  16. Review by Jonathan V.
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    David provided great feedback and suggestions for one of my songs. Communication was great throughout. Super professional and nice guy.

  17. Review by Nehemiah H.
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    The A&R consultation with David was definitely a highlight of my year! He is an amazing producer as his hits speak for themselves! He provided very helpful advice on my tracks. Would definitely recommend this to any new artist who wants to take they're music seriously!

  18. Review by Colt B.
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    David is exactly what I was looking for to work with. Very flexible with my work hours but still keeps the project moving along. He pushes the song to its limit to test the waters and it really pays off. I'll continue to work with him and highly recommend him.

  19. Review by Steve C.
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    I enjoyed my consultation with Dave very much. He provided useful suggestions that I will definitely be trying. More importantly those suggestions get to the heart of how to make my music more effective as well as appealing. I hope this is just the start of our collaborative relationship.

  20. Review by Ryan J.
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    David has been great to work with. He is timely, professional and really knows his stuff. I am looking forward to working with him on future projects. If you are looking for someone to really help bring your project to life David is the guy! Hands down the most experienced here.

  21. Review by Colt B.
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    David is an amazing producer and brought my song to life in a way I didn't think was possible. Very professional and very open to trying new things and walking you through the process. Very much looking forward to my future projects with him. Thank you so much David!

  22. Review by Mike S.
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    David Kershenbaum is a Excellent and Experienced producer and is so polite and patient i highly recommended him to anyone who needs there song produced by a professional.

  23. Review by Andrew P.
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    David was kind, friendly, professional and patient. If you are looking to have someone be a part of your project who is talented, skilled, and down to earth. David is your guy!

    It was a real pleasure dealing with him.

  24. Review by Rick H.
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    I came to David for A&R for a song I've been working on, To find someone of his caliber and expertise on Soundbetter is incredible! He did a song evaluation on my Lyrics, Production, Structure, and Mix. And gave me excellent advice and ideas to improve the song. I am very grateful he shared his wisdom with me. Thank you David!!

  25. Review by Magnus S.
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    Getting David to work on my project was awesome. All of his suggestions were well thought out and he found ways to make the music more effective and more interesting. One suggestion that was so out of the box, that I was hesitant to try it. I would not have thought of it myself, and it made a huge difference for the whole project, for the better. David can really see the big picture, he is very musical and a real mensch!

  26. Review by ashlley w.
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    David was fantastic to work with. Incredibly patient which allowed everything to breathe and feel free, which for me is a great way to work. Nothing was ever a bother and there was a genuinely positive vibe throughout. I appreciated the time spent on this project and look forwards to working with David again. I would highly recommend working with him. The result was a radio friendly sounding track that took on its own life as we worked through it. Thanks Dave, it was a pleasure.

  27. Review by Hunter M.
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    David is a true professional and master at his craft. Clear communication, planning and did a great job on the mix - thank you!

  28. Review by Craig S.
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    David is always responsive and helpful during the process of finding singers and musicians. He is always patient and kind, and with his wealth of experience in mixing and mastering will give your song an awesome sound.

  29. Review by Mikayal A.
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    Wow! What an honor to get feedback on my project from David Kershenbaum!
    He shared so many amazing gold nuggets as if they were obvious. Of course they are obvious to someone like him who has been in the industry for so long and has produced so many incredible albums. But they were definitely not obvious to me.
    His insights will help me take the music to the next level.
    And, I'm thrilled at the possibility of continuing to work with David on this project!
    Highly recommended!

  30. Review by Craig S.
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    David really cares about my song and the production sounds great. He worked many hours until he was satisfied the song was the best it could be. He gave me honest feedback where my song needed re-writing and gave me the inspiration to dig deep and find the best I could do.

  31. Review by Jeff R.
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    David has been truly amazing to work with. Obviously, his work speaks for itself and he been an accomplished, top-notch, best in class producer for a long time. He handles every aspect of the process in a truly professional, authentic manner.

    exemplary, superior, brilliant, detailed, masterful, enjoyable, rewarding are all other good words to use for the experience.

  32. Review by Max M
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    The consulting session with David was really awesome! We discussed about my tracks but also about the industry and David gave me really useful advices to move forward to the next stage. Definitely recommend!

  33. Review by Michael D.
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    Working with David has been a pleasure. He has taken time to discuss the project with me on many occasions. Working with him has not only helped me get my project to a more professional level but it has been educational as well- helping me to see and hear things that were not so obvious to me in my music . I'm looking forward to continuing working together.

  34. Review by tim d.
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    I was actually surprised to see someone of David's stature on this site. I almost didn't contact him because I wasn't sure if my stuff was good enough. Well I am really glad I did because he gave me some great advise. He also seems like a great guy who is down to earth and passionate about the music. If you get a chance, check out his videos on youtube, especially the one about following your emotional center to get to authentic and passionate writing & performing. Work with him and consider you

  35. Review by Zolton
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    David is an icon in the music industry, having produced seminal albums over the past 30 years or so. He worked with me remotely to produce one of of my tracks and went above and beyond to ensure the song was perfect before we sent it off to mix. This involved numerous Skype calls, emails, and real time imparting of his knowledge and gut instinct. As a result of his input, the song tempo was increased, the song was lushly orchestrated, and the structure was enhanced. He's a perfectionist with an incredible set of ears. He added so much value to my music and I'd recommend him to anyone.

Interview with David Kershenbaum

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Tracy Chapman first album. There are a lot of variables to get right in a production and I feel I really got them as close as I've ever been with this album.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Just finished a new artist in Australia

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: No

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I like both for different reasons.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I will leave no detail left unturned

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I have loved music since I was a very young boy. Had bands, was signed to Capital as an artist. Love Tech! !

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Who was your favorite artist to work with? Tracy Chapman and Joe Jackson

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: It's harder than it looks

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Are you open to suggestions and direction?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: If you want to work hard and achieve classic recordings ....I'm your guy

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: A great mike, a great reverb, a great delay, really accurate monitors and an analog tape recorder

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I have been doing this successfully for many many years,

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I start with the singer and work down with the track. Just the opposite of most producers

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: I love all types of music but gravitate toward artists who have something to say, are full of emotion and understand hit songwriting.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: You must have a solid foundation. Otherwise, nothing you add will work properly

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: All types from country, singer-songwriter, pop, indie

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Visual presentation I can set the stage, light it and bring the music home

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I can feel a hit. I can help with structure, hooks, lyrics

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Very detailed. Build tracks from the bottom up featuring the vocals. Structure is very important as are dynamics and arrangement

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: General Pro Tools setup with great monitors and loads of plugins

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Mark Knofler, Peter Gabriel,Eric Clapton

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Production, artist development, mixing, vocal production and comp

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