Hey, I'm Marcus Urbanski. I've worked as a songwriter and producer for the last 6 years, with labels like Sony Music, Warner and Kontra Agency. I can help you put the professional touch on your material, whether it's through songwriting, your production or with mixing & mastering. Send me a message and let's take your song to the next level!
My speciality is with songwriting and production, but if you feel like mixing/mastering is what you need I can help out with that too.
- Topline (music & lyric)
- Songwriting lift (send me your song and I'll work on the songwriting from what you've already written)
- Hooks / separate sections
(I can do both clean topline or write to a production/beat)
- Full production
- Beat making
- Production lift (send me your song and I'll work on the production from what you've already produced)
- Sound design
- Mixing (stems or full)
- Mastering (stems or mixdown)
I've worked with record labels like Sony Music, Warner and Kontra agency. I'm extremely excited to be on the soundbetter platform bringing the professional touch straight to the client. If you have any questions or want more specifics on anything, feel free to reach out! I hope we get to work together! // Marcus Urbanski
Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.
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Interview with Marcus Urbanski
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I would have to say BRAVE - SANE. That chorus, when Chris the vocalist hits the major third, wow. I wrote and produced it. It's pop but with a haunting vibe, and the chorus is super catchy. It just has a lot of cool different elements that somehow just gels - mega proud!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm actually working on a productivity course for songwriters and producers, and on the side I'm working with a new Swedish act together with Universal Sweden - should be exciting!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: SoundBetter is a new platform for me, but one that I'm so excited to be on. I see a lot of music lovers and talented people and I'm really stoked that I can work with a lot of upcoming artists. It's really a new age for music with streaming and SoundBetter is at the heart of it all.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! You can't have one without the other. Nowadays I wouldn't say there is a big sound difference between the two, but the workflow is different - and that's important. Sometimes I vibe more with a vocal being pushed through a hardware compressor than a plugin one, even though the settings are practically the same. It's psychological, but that's important. Sometimes a track really is done, but I'm not in the psychological space to realize it, so what ever can put me there the fastest is great. So both!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Open communication and a lot of patience.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Seeing a song go from an idea to a finished product!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Usually I get the "Can you make a beat like so and so?" My answer is usually: No. I can't make a beat like so and so, because I'm not so and so. Only so and so can make a beat like so and so. I'm Marcus Urbanski and I can make a beat like Marcus Urbanski, now tell me what you are looking for and lets work together to create something really dope!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That songwriting and producing are two separate things. If you are a producer, you are a songwriter and if you are a songwriter you are also a producer. Songwriting is not only about vocals and lyrics, it's the relationship between the melody and the chords and how they flow together. And production is not only about doing beats, it's about how to record to get a sound, how to capture a performance and how to think about how the song will be performed when you are writing. So that's why when people ask me what I do, I say that I'm an artist, because I feel like that covers both of these areas.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's the vision? What do you want the listener to feel like? Any reference tracks? Style? Lyrical Concept? Imagery? All of these things helps me to get inside your head a little bit and establish a framework for me to work within.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Tell me what the vision is and what you want the listener to feel like and we'll work on it together. My best collaborations is when I get to sync up with the client and we create something that buzzes the both of us.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Apogee Duet 2, Omnisphere 2, Midi Controller, My Computer and an Neumann u47.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since I was 15. Holy moly, getting old. I am in the works of starting my own label and doing courses on songwriting and production. Obviously the solo thing can be an alternative but right now I enjoy helping out other artists.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: An exciting aggressive beat and heartfelt, light soaring vocals.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to make a heavy electronic track with Maggie Rogers. That would be something else!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: GAIN STAGING! For crying out loud. Every single plugin you use has a sweet spot. An audio level where it performs at its best. If you overload and volume of each track is too loud and beyond the sweet spot, you won't get any of the audio artifacts your plugin was meant to give you. Also gain staging helps with headroom which will give you the bounce of the track, allowing your transients to breath and your track to become dynamic. Get a VU meter, make sure your track is hitting 0 VU on that thing, then start adding your plugins... Thank me later ;)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop is usually the go to. But I've made beats for hiphop and RnB, and also produced loads of metal bands before my pop days. But I'll work on anything!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Songwriting and sound design, those two make a deadly combo.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The Oumph and the Juice. The Oumph is the heavy bass, unique sound design, saturation with a little bit of harmonic distortion and the groovy drum pattern. The Juice is the feel of the track. The heartfelt lyrics, the soaring vocal melody, the special chord payoff.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My process is fairly straight forward. I use a 80/20 mentality and go for the chorus first, cause if that's not working - you basically don't have a song. 1. Melody (since it's most important) 2. Chords (that's where you get the payoff of the melody) 3. Groove (cause you want that bounce) 4. Lyrics (because we vibe to the music, not the words as much - do we even know what despacito means? ;) ). On lyrics I mainly focus on getting something that feels organic and real. I try to get into the clients head a little bit and see what they can feel comfortable with performing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: As a songwriter and producer you end up in a lot of different studios with different gear, so I've put in the effort to not rely on any outboard gear. Whenever I have like a real 1176 or a Tube compressor available I'll use that, maybe more because of the hands on approach, but otherwise I use the Slate Digital VMR Suite which to me sounds absolutely ridiculously good. My go to software synth is Omnisphere and has been for 8 years, so I feel I know every nut and bolt on that thing which makes creating with it really a breeze. Vocal mics are different for every singer and session, but I find that the Neumann TLM series is always a good starting point. In my portable rig I always have a Rode NT1A ready to go, and that thing can be really surprisingly good on the right vocalist. A good universal audio preamp or any of the apogee stuff seals the deal as well.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: KAYTRANADA is my all time favorite producer. I love his clip gain kissing on the master and his chords are so rich and harmonious. The band I grew up listening to is JUSTICE, and they still have a huge effect on the way I listen and produce music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly work as a top liner and a producer. But even within those to areas the work I do is very diverse. As a top liner it can be anything from getting a lyric sheet and creating melodies and chords for it or writing to a beat or with a completely clean slate. As a producer I can get anything from an acapella or clients that want me to brush up a beat, or the classic produce to an acoustic demo.