With 32,000 subscribers and six million views for my covers and tutorials on YouTube, I’ve proven many times over that I can bring a touch of quality to the right project. From elegant acoustic guitar parts to fuller, lush productions, I can make any musical project shine through my expertise in composition and sensitivity to the song's needs.
I’m a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter in the Bay Area trained in both the Kodály method under Dr. Anne Laskey and in Common Practice Music Theory under Michele Winter and Arkadi Serper. I’m self-taught on the guitar, bass, piano, and in Ableton, and I have an expert grasp of music theory and composition. I studied jazz drums under Kent Reed, joined the SF Opera for two seasons under the San Francisco Boys’ Chorus, and earned my B.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA with a concentration in World Music. I am a strong communicator, and can navigate any studio situation with sensitivity.
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Interview with Warren Lain
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I teach music theory, ear-training, composition, and basic music production by day. I mix, produce, and compose original music by night.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Radiohead, Jars of Clay, Bon Iver, Sigur Ròs, Explosions in the Sky, James Blake, Sufjan Stevens, The National, Daughter, Grizzly Bear, David Bazan, and Thom Yorke.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Ableton Suite 10, Lawson L47MP MKII, MXL 4000, Oktava MK-012, UA Solo 610A, Apogee Duet 2, DSI Prophet '08, Behringer Model D, Tama Starclassic, Zildjian A Custom Cymbals, Ludwig Supraphonic Snare, and Schirmer & Son upright grand.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the client's work, learn about their goals, and offer thoughtful critique, and a well-crafted plan structured to meet their needs. I deliver on time, communicate clearly, give my full focus and attention to the project, and guarantee my customers' satisfaction.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can bring an expert level approach to acoustic guitar, songwriting, composition, and arranging for any musical project.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a strong communicator.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Experimental pop and indie rock.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: You can always try things and take it away later. Throw it all on a wall (guided by experience) and see what sticks.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Radiohead, Thom Yorke, and Nigel Godrich... they're making some of the most innovative popular music and having the time of their lives doing it.