Highly Distorted is a professional singer songwriter duo made up of Cody Roy and Tracy Towns with full production capabilities focusing on Pop, Alt Rock, and Folk sounds. With a formal songwriting education completed at Sir Paul McCartney's prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, we are well equipped to help you realize your end project
We offer a full range of services for song creation, including: Production, Beat making, Melodies, Lyrics, Music and Vocal Arrangements, Session Guitar, Session Piano, Session Male/Female Vocals, Composition for film and tv, as well as vocal pitch correction through Melodyne.
We are both SOCAN registered songwriters (membership between us starting in 2005), with a variety of registered works including the Alt Rock EP we released in 2019 that is currently being played across Canadian Radio Stations. Other registered compositions include works for Canadian Antiques Roadshow, Corner Gas, and a number of others. While attending the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Tracy was formally mentored for 3 years by Gary Marx (AKA Mark Pearman) founding member and songwriter for the band Sisters of Mercy. Additional education includes masterclasses by songwriters Sir Paul McCartney, Andy McCluskey (Atomic Kitten, OMD), and Jennifer Batton (Guitarist for Michael Jackson).
Highly Distorted is unique in our ability to honour your artistic vision, and give you results in an efficient, tactical business manner. We pride ourselves on our musical skillset and ability to tailor the product to your specifications. We will work and communicate with you through a variety of mediums, phone, e-mail, text to ensure an easy, and seamless process that delivers results.
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3 ReviewsEndorse Highly Distorted
A great song writing duo! I had the chance to work with them this summer mixing their record. Wonderful layers and attention to detail. It feels like they took time and care creating very cool soundscapes that mixed perfectly with their melodies. Their writing has depth and holds your interest. Easy going but confident which is an awesome mix. A true pleasure to work with!
Talented songwriters and performers, with a long history of high quality song production. Highly recommend.
Very professional and creative duo to work with. They listened to my vision for the song I needed and captured the tone perfectly. I was blown away by the quality of their finished work. I will definitely hire them again. Highly recommended!
Interview with Highly Distorted
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: We typically work in the pop/rock and folk genre (i.e. pop, pop/rock, alt rock, soft pop, acoustic folk)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: We pride ourselves on our ability to write catchy hooks in a variety of genres. We are very client focussed in our process, and will work with you to help you realize your vision.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: A variety of different musicians in a variety of different genres from Max Martin to Muse to the Chainsmokers.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communication is key in order for you to achieve what you are looking for. The best working relationships are those where there is clear communication between everyone. Our advice would be to work with a provider who is willing to communicate with you in the most effective way to bring your project to life.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Let the song write itself! Often times you might start out wanting to write one song, which ultimately takes a different direction than you may have originally intended. Don't fight it - - just go with it. You'll be glad you did in the end.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For us, writing a song will typically start with an idea, whether it be a lyric, a melody or a beat, and we will build it from the ground up from there. We are not satisfied until we feel every element of the song is not just good, but excellent.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We have a primarily digital set up, running Pro Tools 2018 with a variety of Virtual Instruments and Effects including Omnisphere, EWQL Composer Cloud, Komplete 12 and Waves.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: As our bio says, we offer full song creation. The most common type of work we do would be anything to do with that, whether it be lyrics, melody, harmony, music arrangements or full song commissioning, this is our wheelhouse.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We are extremely proud of our first Alt Rock EP #Studiohouse which was released July of this year. The EP consisted of six songs that were all written, arranged, played, and produced by Highly Distorted. What was even more special was that the whole process only took about 5 months to complete from the ground up.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently we are working on our second album, to date we have six completed tracks and looking to finish another four to six. The album will be more in the direction of soft rock or folk, which will allow us a greater ability to honour the authentic sound when playing live shows.