Carl Culley

Singer/Songwriter/Mixing

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I'm a singer/songwriter originally from Tomball, TX, and am starting out my 7th year living in New York City. I've self-produced all of my music - the production, recording, mixing. I've lent my skills to a number of very talented artists in a wide range of styles. I love collaborating, and challenging myself in different styles & genres.

I work out of a private studio in Astoria, NY. The studio is setup with both analog & digital gear that sounds fantastic. NYC has allowed me to work with a variety of artists - I've worked for pop acts - like Patrick Reilly, Stephanie's Child (America's Got Talent, The Voice), & Joey Contreras (Joyride, Wild) - Musical Theatre acts - like Natalie Weiss (American Idol, Wicked), Loren Allred (The Greatest Showman) - and rock groups such as Jack & The Beanstalk. I've done a several different parts of the projects for each of these artists, ranging from writing, producing, arranging, mixing, & mastering.

My goals as a producer, singer, & songwriter are to work quickly, efficiently, and to execute the vision of the artist. My strongest abilities are melody, finding the right sound to fit the artist, and mixing to bring out the instruments and vocals to their fullest potential. I love creating through the eye of the artist I'm working with, and getting to the core of what makes them unique.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

31 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Joshua B.
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    Carl is an excellent musician with great style and understanding for melody and dynamic contrast, which is essential for producing/mixing. He is a professional in terms of timeliness and communication and will make sure that the finished product is exactly what you want and more. I hope to work with Carl again in the future and also look forward to hearing more of his own work as it's released.

  2. Review by Andres
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    As always, working with Carl was great! He was very kind, communicative and attentive, making the collaboration a true success. Looking forward to collaborating with him again!

  3. Review by Luke
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    Carl was fantastic!

    Super quick response time and I am blown away by the results. Thank you so much Carl!

  4. Review by Mount
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    I had a great experience working with Carl. I highly recommend making records with him. He's a talented musician who communicates well and takes care of business. Looking forward to the next project! Thank you

  5. Review by Mount
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    I had a great experience working with Carl. I highly recommend making records with him. He's a talented producer/musician who communicates well and takes care of business. Looking forward to the next project! Thank you

  6. Review by chandelle h.
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    I've worked on several songs with Carl and I've really enjoyed his sound and work ethic. I'm looking forward to continuing working on more music with him. I would highly recommend him!

  7. Review by Andres
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    These collaborations with Carl have been wonderful! Looking forward to our next project together.

  8. Review by Andres
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    Working with Carl has been a great pleasure. Super nice guy, delivered a great mix and was patient until we arrived to the best possible sound. A five star experience.

  9. Review by Andres
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    Working with Carl has been an excellent experience; he was extremely nice and corteous. I really look forward to working with him again!

  10. Review by Platinum
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    Carl was wonderful to work with! Very professional and had a quick turnaround time after asking for edits. My track was done in such a short amount of time.

  11. Review by chandelle h.
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    Carl was a pleasure to work with! He changed an acoustic song into a funky synth pop dance jam and I couldn't be happier with it. I will definitely work with Carl again!

  12. Review by Jason
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    I really enjoyed working with Carl on his project! Great production!!! Quick and clear with the communication! Thank you so much for the opportunity, Carl!

  13. Review by Chuck
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    Great song, great sounds, great to work with, and precise notes!
    I'll take that every day!

  14. Review by Dan
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    Working with Carl was a blast. Incredible song, incredible production. Jobs like these make me rejoice!

  15. Review by Jeff S.
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    Having to work with Carl was a wonderful opportunity. It was barely a job to deliver my requests, as he was quick in making out what I asked for. Creative, prompt, and kind. Carl has got all you need to get your track done.

  16. Review by Daniel
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    Working with Carl was a fantastic experience. Even though we never have met, he is a client that you feel you have been working with for a long time. There was great rapport and communication and a kind of telepathy that allows for an amazing creative process. I look forward to working with him again as he is an incredibly talented artist.

  17. Review by Evan S.
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    Carl is great! Very responsive and takes a deep interest in your music. He's committed to finding just the right sounds and melodies to complete your vision.

  18. Review by KAISER66
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    Carl provided us fantastic vocals with stunning quality; zero problems with pitch and timing. When this is added to his unique charismatic voice, professional attitude for the work, and in general he seems to be a nice guy, the result of the product cannot be anything else than brilliant! Thank you Carl!

  19. Review by Aaron D.
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    It is rare to often find someone with such incredible talent and attention to detail. Carl Cully is that person. It has been an amazing experience working with Carl and his creative vision gave new life to my songs. His professionalism and keeping in consistent contact, has been exceptional. In the future, I will do all of my music work with Carl. I am beyond impressed and highly recommend hiring such an impeccably talented and gifted artist. Thank you Carl.

  20. Review by Elliot
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    have had a fantastic time collaborating with Carl, super professional, great communicator, and exceedingly talented!!

  21. Review by Dodd L.
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    Carl did an amazing job on background vocals. Truly a professional to work with.

  22. Review by Dodd L.
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    Carl was a joy to work with. He contributed some great ideas for background vocals that truly added to the overall impact of my song. I would definitely like to work with him again.

  23. Review by Alex
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    Carl Culley is the whole package: a dynamic musician, a thoughtful producer, and a powerhouse vocalist. He is a gifted songwriter with the ability to create tunes that are catchy, yet pure, radio-friendly, yet heartfelt. On top of all that, he is an absolute pleasure to work with.

  24. Review by Ethan F.
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    Working with Carl was a pleasure from start to finish, what a talent! Not only are the vocals he did incredible and just right for the song, but he was responsive, helpful, and really open to input. I could not possibly be happier, thank you Carl!

  25. Review by Chuck
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    Another great song to work on from Carl!
    Such a pleasure.... Thanks!

  26. Review by Chuck
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    I've added Carl to my list of great singer/songwriters, producers!
    He was also a pleasure to work with, and I look forward to the next one!

  27. Review by Justin S.
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    The communication back and forth was proper, and Carl worked on my track until I was satisfied.

  28. Review by Aron M.
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    Thank you for this is turned out excellent!

  29. Review by Tom
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    Working with Carl was such a pleasure. So easy. He has great music, a great attitude, and was very open to my ideas as well. I hope to do more work together in the future!

  30. Review by Mike C.
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    Carl has great "Style" and intuitive creative sensibilities that add to the song instead of just singing the "correct" notes. If you want to add flavor and personality give him a try!

  31. Review by Andrew
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    I played drums in Carl's live band for years and also recorded on some of his songs. Carl is an incredible songwriter and an excellent producer, engineer, and mixer. He has a natural ear for melody and arrangement and his productions are varied and have tons of depth. He's also really kind and a very easygoing collaborator--he knows what he wants musically, but also is great at letting others have space when working on a project. I can't recommend Carl enough for any production, writing, or mixing/mastering project!

Interview with Carl Culley

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

  2. A: Alex Bradford.

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

  4. A: A lot of the time, it's recording my vocals for projects. I've recorded vocals for EDM, Ambient, Pop/Rock, & even Hip/Hop Background Vocals. Beyond that, I love mixing records for artists.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I work out of my fairly spacious room in Upper Manhattan. I have a lot of gear I've collected over the years that stems around my piano, guitar, microphone, a few compressors, a mic preamp, and 2 audio interfaces.

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

  8. A: It totally depends on the song. I've started tracks with a simple piano riff. Some songs have begun with a song title, or a drum beat. Some songs have taken me all of 10 minutes to write, and some I've had on my iPhone in various states for 3+ years.

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

  10. A: I bring a strong sense of melody. I also listen to almost everything out there, and as MUCH of everything as I can. So I know how to not only work with a style, but how to experiment with it to make a truly unique sound.

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

  12. A: Pop, Rock, Alternative - anything that's catchy really.

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

  14. A: I think if I could get in a room with Phil Collins, Chris Martin, Imogen Heap, and Kendrick Lamar, we'd have a pretty good time.

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

  16. A: I started recording my own music when I was 8. I seriously have CDs of music from 1998 with me banging the piano and pretending I'm the best singer alive. I've been working on my craft since then - learning from other artists, and listening to as many styles as I possibly can.

  17. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  18. A: BOTH. I love experimenting as much as possible, and I don't want to rule out anything that can potentially shape the sound the way I want to.

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