I'm a Top 40 songwriter/producer/vocalist with a #1 dance song PLACES under my belt. I've won multiple Cannes awards, and have written music for commercials, film/TV for ten years. I'm currently working as a songwriter/singer/vocal producer on the Chipmunks TV show on Nickelodeon. I'm incredibly fast at crafting a concept and insatiable hook.
-vocals or vocal producing a demo singer's vocals for your pre-written song
-vocals + writing song over your track
-vocals + writing + production for your song
(any combo not seen here)
My average turn around time is 1-3 days (I'm very fast and sometimes sooner depending on my schedule)
-- got my start as an artist touring with acts like Barenaked Ladies.
-- do songs for film/TV like HBO's Girls, ABC, MTV, DirectTV, etc. have produced music for hundreds of commercials and have multiple Cannes awards for advertising work
--#1 dance song with PLACES two years ago
--on records now with Shea Diamond, Son Little, OKGO, Rebecca Black, etc.
-am featured on songs for mau5trap and Sony Mexico various others
Day rate full songwriting (lyric and melody) and singing/tuning all vocals is $1,000
Singing pre-written only $150, send raw vocals
Singing pre-written song and tuning/processing my vocals $300
To use my vocals on final recording additional buyout at $500-1000 depending on independent or label
All co-writes I retain my publishing rights, the % varies depending on the project. Am open to buyout on publishing
I'm looking forward to our collaboration !
- Abby Diamond
Send me a note through the contact button above.
- Son Little (Anti) Losing You + Something About Her - forthcoming album
- Leemaroy (Sony Mexico) - Fault Lines
- Victor Porfidio (Sony Mexico) - Legacy
- Atlas (Mautrap) - Maschinery Chewed
- Draft (mau5trap) - The River
- Shea Diamond (Asylum) - American Pie
- PLACES - Xenia Ghali
- Scarlett Contral El Cancer - Cannes viral
- music on MTV ABC Disney Nickelodeon HBO and other networks
5 ReviewsEndorse Abby Diamond
Abby is an incredibly strong singer, writer and musical thinker. Not hiring her is your loss!
I've worked with Abby on several commercial projects. She's an amazing/pro composer who just gets it. It's easy to collaborate quickly on tweaks to help us get to that perfect track for our spot. The range of music quality/styles is impressive. From classical orchestral, to spaghetti western, to pop etc. I always look to Abby a few times a year and recommend her and her company to everybody in the industry.
Abby and I have been collaborators for many years and she has consistently hit the mark when it comes to concept and execution. Abby is a whip-smart songsmith, a versatile top line singer, and recently she has brought to the table new skills as an arranger and engineer. The fact that she's one of the most personable and hilarious friends I have is just icing on the cake.
Abby is a real pro. She is a super versatile and talented singer. She goes above and beyond recording beautiful harmonies and doubles/triples. Abby is reliable, consistently delivering on time. I love working with her!
I’ve worked with Abby for several years and I can honestly say, she’s one of the most gifted pop writers I know. When it comes to top lining specifically she comes up with incredible lyrics and melodies that she effortlessly vocal produces herself. Anyone looking for a killer collaborator, look no further!
Interview with Abby Diamond
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I have spent the past 10 years doing music for advertising and have a Cannes award-winning company Hook+Line (hookandline.com) I'm an expert at creative directing and executing that process. I also write extensively for film/TV and am currently on the Chipmunks TV show on Nick. Outside of that, for the past eight years I have been writing professionally as a songwriter for Top 40 pop, collaborating with artists like OKGO among others.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jack Antonoff, Bryan Senti (my business partner at Hook+Line and composer of Transparent), Matt Mariano (client/collaborator who scored all ten seasons of Grey's anatomy), Bjork, Imogen Heap, St. Vincent, Jon Brion
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a house in LA with a professionally sound proofed garage studio. I have a variety of microphones and use all UAD equipment. I'm a Logic person and have a thousand plug-ins.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Advertising and film music are similar: I am fielding an email or phone call from a client detailing the scope of the budget and the creative is usually discussed on that and a follow up call. I ask for the client to pull references and also pull my own so we are on the same page. I then compose the music to picture according to the creative notes, and make any desired tweaks from there. Pop music writing is a similar process. I receive the track, ask if there is anything lyrically or concept-wise that inspires them or references for vocalists or styles. The answer is most often no or vague, so I listen down to the track and see what comes to mind and also refer to my own collection of poems and notes in my brain. I record the vocal lead, comp, make a hundred thousand harmonies and deliver so it sounds like a hit. Because it will.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a strong sense of lyric and melody. I've honed the pop form and the natural ebbs and flows of where a song should rise and fall.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, film music - particularly emotional songs.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If something isn't working technically, 99% chance something is unplugged ;) In all seriousness, when it comes to creative and production, there is no "right" answer. One tip would be to use your ears, if something sounds too compressed, don't follow a template of what someone shows you -- use your own judgement.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: St. Vincent. I love the way she processes her vocals, and how her songwriting and production are so matched in a poetic dance.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my personal songwriting style as the more indie/alt side of pop. I like experimenting with sounds and vocal textures, while also maintaining a sense of form and a melody to latch onto. I am a poet and avid reader/absorber, and my songs are always grounded in a concept or phrase.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out touring with the Barenaked Ladies with dreams of being a pop star. I then turned to advertising music in 2009 where I learned how to score music to picture, and have continued writing music for commercials for ten years -- only now I run a sought-after music production house Hook+Line. In that time, I switched to writing for other people vs myself, and for the past eight years have been hustling on pop major label cuts. I am still the featured artist on a lot of dance songs and TV, but I enjoy being on the other side.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: my UAD Apollo, laptop, telefunken mic, my guitar, Arturia synth
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't worry about being "ready." I can hear through the idea, and also am great at asking the right questions to get to know your tastes. I am eager to please, and have zero ego having worked in the industry for ten years. My job is to make your vision come to life, and if you aren't sure what YOUR vision is, I'm happy to develop that with you.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Any music references they have for a job, budget and timeline, where the piece will be living and for how long, what they do and don't like about the piece of music they're developing now
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: that singing is "easy." When I record for the Chipmunks, I have to 1) write the song, 2) sing the lead, 3) comp the lead 4) do doubles of the lead 5) sing a trillion harmonies I can imagine the Chipmunks singing 6) mix a hundred vocal tracks so that they sound pristine and polished, using many a plug-in and effect, and automate so it's all breathing the way it should
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you pull off this style? Yes, always. If I can't sing in the style, or for example, if the project requires a male voice, I have access to whatever session players I would need to pull off the gig quickly and in budget.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Executing a creative vision for someone/seeing it come to life.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will always deliver on time if not earlier.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. I don't need a thousand pieces of gear as a songwriter first and producer second. A lot can be accomplished with plug-ins etc. It's amazing to have the real thing, but if you can't afford it, don't worry about it.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Ashley Levy
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Chipmunks TV show, three commercial projects for Hook+Line, OKGO
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Son Little - his EP that just came out I was a songwriter and vocal producer on. He produced the record in France and when he came back, he asked how I felt about the vocal. It was only one vocal and very "scratch," so we re-cut in my studio and the song that we wrote came to life.