Hi! I'm Kevin -a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. I've toured with Steven Dayvid McKellar of Civil Twilight and been a part of the Nashville music scene for over 10 years. I want to take your song and help you finish it! My ideal client would be a songwriter needing help with arrangement, instrumentation, and production.
One of my favorite things in the whole world is taking a beautiful song someone has written and adding to it with the utmost care. I never over-season with too much flare, always the right amount of tasty treats. I like adding things that have a vintage vibe, tape echo, spring reverb, but I'm down to work with the artist and match whatever sound they imagine. I am open to working on a song, ep, or even a whole album.
I am someone who has a lot of different hobbies, a jack of all trades but master of none. I have played in bands, produced/arranged for artists, made house music and DJed, dabbled in coffee roasting, film photography and painting...etc. I used to get down on myself for having this scattered approach but within the last few years I've learned to accept that's just the way I work, and following my curiosity has never let me down. I fully believe there is room for all of us at the creative table.
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10 ReviewsEndorse Kevin Buster
Kevin and I worked on a song for my upcoming indie pop/ folk project. We talked about my vision for the song as well as my influences which were sufficient for him to start working on it right away. Shortly after, he sent me the first draft of the song which blew me away. Having such a great base made it a lot easier to talk about suggestions and improvements which Kevin always took on board and implemented flawlessly. His creativity, exceptional musicality and ability to listen to and apply feedback made working with him an absolute pleasure. I would highly recommend his services.
Kevin is one of those creators that is not only incredibly talented and intuitive, but also has exceptional taste. Be it indie-rock, ambient, jazz, funk, instrumental or house, I have solid faith and value in his instincts to add exactly what the project needs; nothing more or less. If all of this wasn’t enough to make the perfect collaborator, Kevin is also one of the most dependable, patient, kind and empathetic souls I know. I suppose this is why we have been making music together for almost a decade; Kevin is always the right choice.
Kevin is such a diverse musician. He fully inhabits any genre he puts his mind to. I’m always impressed to hear how he gets the subtitles of each genre he writes in. Not only that, he has an obvious sense of musicality, that natural flow that can’t be taught. He is a uniquely creative mind.
He is one of the most creative producers I have ever known in my life. His approach to making music is very different than the majority of DJs out there, and that is what makes his music so special. All of his productions have his signature sound and aesthetics that make them stand above the rest.
Kevin is one of those artist I have paid close attention to in Nashville because his work is full of surprises. He is an extremely talented producer that I have enjoyed working with in the past with a truly original sound. He is really easy to work with and super fun to collaborate with on projects. I look forward to seeing what else he produces in the future.
Kevin's approach to composition and production is filled with optimism and confidence in exploring new ideas. This is especially important when working alongside an artist/film maker/director where the project is new, the working relationship is new, and the page is blank. I admire Kevin's ability to try anything and everything in a musical setting to see what sticks to the wall and coincides with the project. Each idea that he brings to the table is uniquely his own, leaving his profound mark on every project he touches.
Kevin is a very talented producer. His critical listening and arrangement skills are superb!! , without compromising the natural improvisation that a project needs. Kevin also grasp ideas fast, If you need to start a project He will add the the proper mood into the work smoothly keeping it simple and pure. A great collaborator that will allow you to flow on your own rhythm. but at the same time will keep focus on the direction of the musical project
Kevin brings authenticity to every project he touches. He has elevated every track I have sent him. Always takes the project to another level.
Kevin is one of those naturally gifted musicians who not only wields the power of musical diversity, understanding and sensitivity, but also possesses a keen empathy; a skill that he clearly applies to all his creations. And that’s what makes him so amazing at what he does.
The electronic songs have a great groove and feel to them, his voicing of string and piano arrangements are unique and is very easy to work with...and fast too!
Interview with Kevin Buster
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recenetly entered the Westworld scoring competition put on by HBO and Spitfire Audio. I've never gotten to score for a big budget show like that, and I felt I learned a lot. Even if I don't win I'm still proud of what I came up with. You can hear it on the player above.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: The next Bucky Shorts release.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new to the site and I don't have any friends on here yet. But I think it could benefit them.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever you got! Its way more fun to jam on analog hardware/synths but I really don't think the tools are as important as what's running them.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To make high quality music that the client is happy with.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating is fun, fulfilling work. I love making things, and I love getting to help people make things.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I think people just want to be reassured that their money and creative work is well spent and in good hands. I really do think communication and setting realistic expectations is the key to a successful project.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I haven't heard any.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask for a song reference or two, that helps immensely just to get an idea of the style and sounds you're going for.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't hesitate to reach out to talk about any concerns or questions. Making music is all about the right fit! Its hard to tell over the internet, so the more communication the better.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Hmm. A mic, guitar, bass, drum machine, and something to record with I suppose.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've worked many different jobs, some in music and some outside of music. I spent most of my adult life in Nashville where I worked as a touring musician, a coffee roaster and barista, and whatever I can do to keep on trucking.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm a shapeshifter. Always on the search for my own voice/sound.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Connan Mockasin, he seems like a good hang.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overthink! Go with the ol' gut.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on a lot of bedroom pop for my personal project, Bucky Shorts, lots of jamming on my Korg Electribe, and lately more experimentation with orchestral sound libraries.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Building up parts around an existing song/idea.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I feel I bring honesty and try to bring something different, just a tad off kilter.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to work on music first thing, I feel like I'm more fresh with a cup of coffee and a new day ahead. I'll work on whatever I'm feeling at the moment.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Small but mighty. I live in a small environment so I have to keep my gear to the absolute essentials or else things get cluttered and I can't think. I have my laptop and speakers, a keyboard and drum machine, a few guitars and basses, and some decent pres. I like running sounds into guitar pedals, and as far as software goes I use Reason and Ableton. I'm a big fan of the Soundtoys plugins too.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There are so many greats! Some of my favorites are Prince, Connan Moccasin, Ryuchi Sakamoto, just to name a few.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: In the past I have taken existing material that the client gives me and built up the tracks and arrangements to deliver a finished product. These days I am wanting to do more composing for film/tv.