I love sick grooves and beautiful melodies. Voice, guitar, and Ableton savvy.
My most recent project, a four-song EP entitled Hasta La Bye Bye, was recorded from my bedroom studio in Brooklyn and mixed and mastered by LA-based producer Jonah Wei-Haas. In May of 2019, I was honored to travel to Asheville, North Carolina, to compete and perform songs from Hasta La Bye Bye, as a finalist in the New Song Songwriters' Competition at the LEAF Festival. The following August, I was a featured artist on the Songwriter Deathmatch Radio Show out of Maker Park Radio in Staten Island. I am currently recording a new series of works at the Beach Hut Recording Studio in Rockaway Park, Queens, with producers Chris Uelein and Ben Deixler. Reach out to me on Instagram at @sydsongs to talk about songs.
I have remote recording capabilities to flesh out your song ideas, however small. With over 10 years of songwriting experience, I have fleshed out a process that works well for me. I know what it's like to have an idea and not know where to go with it! I can help you centralize your idea, write hooks, build out verses, compose chord structures, and produce electronic instruments.
I am also an experienced guitar player with jazz and swing roots. Hit me up for rhythm guitar or acoustic songs.
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I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
2 ReviewsEndorse Syd Caldera
Prompt feedback and job completion. Very satisfied!
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Syd on a few different projects now. The professionalism that she brings to the table as a songwriter and vocalist make it an easy process from start to finish. Definitely looking forward to working with Syd again soon!
Interview with Syd Caldera
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Write the drums first. Build from there. You can always change them later.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Acoustic, singer-songwriter - but I have a serious love for digital production and dance / rock grooves.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Melody and balance.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Everything begin with a morsel of an idea - a melody or a lyric or just a phrase or an image. I record it onto my voice memos. Then I freewrite on it and pull out phrases that match the common theme. Then I build a pyramid and use it as a map. Then I dig into the thesaurus and rhyming dictionaries. Then I play with rhythm. Then melody. Then texture.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: In this COVID age, I work from home tracking drum and synth sounds in Ableton Live 10, and recording vocals and guitar through a Focusrite 2i4. I have a wide selection of microphones from Audio Technica, Shure, and Rode.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love working with sound designers - I'm constantly inspired by how far digital technology has come to create new beautiful textures.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Two ways - I either take a morsel of an idea and expand it into a bigger picture, or I work closely with producers to topline their tracks or song ideas.