Joel Cathey

Male Indie Vocalist, Producer

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Joel Cathey on SoundBetter

I'm a vocalist, singer/songwriter, and producer with 15 years' experience, a unique sound, and a great ear.

Indie-pop singer/songwriter with 15+ years under my belt. My vocal style is eclectic, so I'm open to working in any genre, from folk to pop to vocal jazz! I understand how to tell stories through music, so let me help you take your project beyond the next level!

All work is WORK FOR HIRE - One time fee


• High-Quality Male Vocals (Tenor)
• Harmonies/Background Vocals
• Ukulele
• Trumpet
• Vocal Comping
• Top Line Writing (Melody only, no lyrics)


• Message me and share your song/demo with me (.mp3 or .wav)
• Once the project is funded, I'll begin working on your song
• I will send you a rough demo of portions of the song for approval (first verse, pre-chorus, chorus, depending on the project)
• After you've approved, I'll finish recording your song (as well as add backings, harmonies etc.)
• Once funds are released, I will send you the final files (wet & dry)
• Turnaround time is typically 7 days, and is relative to my current workload
• My name "Joel Cathey" cannot be used in any credits or publishing without my permission

Send me a note through the contact button above and let's get started!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

1 Reviews

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  1. Review by Reaghan T.

    Brilliant singer, very easy to work with and talk with. Quick replies and did exactly what i asked for!

Interview with Joel Cathey

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

  2. A: Probably my first solo album. I was still in high school and I did everything from writing the songs to recording the tracks to selling pre-orders to meeting with the CD press company to finding a distributor to getting radio play. Because I had no money and no contacts in the industry, I had to figure it out all by myself, and that's a lot of what being a musician is about.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Digital. I've worked with both, and the benefit of analog over digital is negative once you factor in the ease of digital.

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

  6. A: Physician's Desk Reference… hollowed out. Inside: Waterproof matches, iodine tablets, beet seeds, protein bars, NASA blanket, and, in case I get bored, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. No, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Question: Did my shoes come off in the plane crash?

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

  8. A: I've been creating music all my life. I went to school for audio engineering and film. After college, I started a YouTube channel where posted videos of me recording original songs. I formed a somewhat significant following for the time, but then I began working at a busy green screen film studio in Los Angeles. That's where I learned how to do visual effects. Now I live in Washington with my wife, Amy, and I am a full-time freelance video editor and business owner. I've been out of the professional music game for a while, but I joined SoundBetter because I have a lot to offer.

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

  10. A: For a good rough mix, turn your monitors waaaaay down until you can just barely hear the loudest track. Then slowly start turning all of the other tracks up one-by-one until you can just barely hear them, as well. It's surprising how well that works sometimes.

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

  12. A: Indie/Pop, sometimes folk

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: Vocal arrangement

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: I work in a candle-lit studio with sea-blue walls because I need to feel supes moody when I record. My setup consists of an iMac Pro, Saffire audio interface, KRK monitors, Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic cans, Shure & Blue microphones, M-Audio Synth, a jazz bass guitar, a violin, 5 ukuleles (3 acoustic tenors, 1 electric, 1 acoustic bass), 2 trumpets, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Joel Cathey Short Vocal Reel

I was the singer/songwriter, producer in this production

Terms Of Service

Work-for-hire. 2 FREE revisions (additional subject to fees). 1-2 week turnaround. Expedited 72-hour turnaround: 50% fee. 50% cancellation fee. No refunds after files have been delivered.

GenresSounds Like
  • Benjamin Gibbard
  • Aaron Marsh
  • Jeff Buckley
Gear Highlights
  • Ears
  • brain
  • experience
  • vocal chords
  • fingers
  • cool microphones
  • ukuleles (including electric and bass!)
  • computers
  • monitors
  • keyboards
  • post-it notes
  • etc.
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10% off for first time clients

  • I'm a SoundBetter Baby!Nov 14, 2019


    My name is Joel, and I'm brand new to the SoundBetter community! I'd love to work with you on your next project.