William D Lucey

Songwriter/Producer/Mixer

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Award winning songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist who has worked with major artists including George Harrison,REM,Alica Keys,and Mick Flannery Many Billboard Top Twenty compositions, including an upcoming Alicia keys song. Professor in the songwriting dept at Berklee College of Music. My work is creative, detailed, exciting, next level.

I offer:
*Songwriting: including music, melodies and lyrics .
*I also help with A&R and artist development.
I have been writing and teaching songwriting for 25 years and would consider myself an expert in song craft. Whether you are writing a dance pop song, an alt country ballad or an AABA show tune, I can help you take your songs to the next level.
* Production - if you have a song - even if it's a simple recording - but need it to sound like a great band or rich-sounding production, send it over and let’s chat about how we bring it to life. I am a very hands on producer , I play lots of instruments , program drums and synths, and do most of my own engineering and mixing. If you decide to record a song with me , we will work together to realise your vision while producing a kick ass record that will stand up to anything you hear on the "radio" . I also have a stable of world class session musicians that I use and my studio has the very best of gear.
For mixing/mastering I bring polish, life and depth to the songs.
My five star verified reviews are from completed SoundBetter projects. I always deliver and go the extra mile.
Look forward to hearing from you!!
Check out my soundcloud below playlist which has lots of samples of my work


Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

Credits

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150 Reviews - 14 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by JamesHendrick
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    Nice guy, very skilled, easy to work with , recommended- J

  2. Review by Gary M.
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    Another song and another time that William brings it all together and makes it into something I'm proud of. Same great care and attention, same great result! Highly recommended!

  3. Review by Lydia Salnikova
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    This was my first experience working with William – and it was fantastic all around! Fabulous producer, great communicator and a very nice person to boot. Let's do this again soon!

  4. Review by Jonathan L.
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    Will is great! He is very talented and was very patient with me. I would highly recommend.

  5. Review by Craic DeLorean
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    You should definitely work with Will, very creative guy, creates rich parts on proper instruments, knows classic songwriting well!

  6. Review by Sean W.
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    Will is a craftsman. He manages to combines experience, knowledge and creativity to write a great song. He took my draft lyrics and worked with me to turn them into a great song with great composition. I cant recommend Will highly enough.

  7. Review by Flora Algera
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    William went above and beyond in producing my newest song, which I had been writing for a couple of years and had very high expectations for. It ended up sounding even better than I had been envisioning it in my head. As always, Will is a true professional and creative who is excellent at collaborating with singer/songwriters. Thank you again!!

  8. Review by Gary M.
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    William is my one and only choice. He is multi talented and delivers a great product every single time. His experience, talent and level of care is top notch.

  9. Review by Dawn W.
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    It has been an absolute pleasure working with William. He listens to your ideas and takes them on board and keeps you informed throughout the process. I would not hesitate in working with William in the future What a lovely guy

  10. Review by Darcy Winter
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    William is absolutely fantastic. He was so patient with me (and trust me, I take a lot of it!) and really made the song that I wrote something special - brought it alive. Brought amazing ideas and encouraged me to make the necessary changes. Couldn’t recommend more.

  11. Review by Josh Allan
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    Will was great to work with! He took my ideas and added to them, refined things and helped give the song more of an interesting structure. Through both the production and mix, Will was able to take the song to the next level that it needed.

    He's incredibly responsive to messages, and provided revisions in a timely manner. He even made the effort to do a zoom meeting at the beginning for us to align our ideas.

  12. Review by Andrew DeLong
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    So glad I found Will on SoundBetter. He is my go to for arranging, songwriting and full track production. He always delivers.

  13. Review by Crack Rolex and Friends
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    turned a basic demo idea with thin keyboard lines into a pro song with real instruments and many extra complementary parts. master of his craft not just the technical side but the songwriting side and big picture.

  14. Review by Hiltongrove Mastering
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    Always a pleasure working with Will. Communication is great and the mixes are always spot on.

  15. Review by Tallulah C.
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    A pleasure to work with, great communication. Will really understood where I wanted to take this track. highly recommend!

  16. Review by Clelia S.
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    Talented musician and happy to work with him! Thanks William! Sending love from USA to Ireland.

  17. Review by Camille van Niekerk
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    William is the best! Beautiful arrangements and instrumentation, with memorable melodies I truly love to sing. Excellent quality and fun to work with!

  18. Review by Andrew DeLong
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    Incredible songwriter, arranger, and producer! Took my ideas and turned them into gold! Can’t recommend enough!

  19. Review by Jayme B.
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    First-time lyric-writer here: Will's been a dream to work with - at every stage he communicated quickly and well, and what he brought back really made me happy. Amazing to hear my song idea brought to life step by step and we are now weighing up whether to move it to the next stage and launch an assault on the charts!

  20. Review by Flora Algera
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    As always, William is so skilled and brilliant and brings my ideas and visions to life. Can’t do much better than this- he consistently works until there is a final product that is beyond what I hoped for!

Interview with William D Lucey

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

  2. A: Nate Barnes is a drummer I use a lot and he's fantastic. Great intuition , feel and sound.

  3. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  4. A: I would say try and have a vision of what you want and have some references ready. I find asking artists who they sound like is a great exercise because it forces them to think about who their audience might be.

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

  6. A: U47. all time classic mic 1073 all time classic preamp. Gibson L1 because it's the greatest acoustic guitar ever made and I adore the sound of it. Laptop with protools I suppose since the mics and pre-amps would be useless without. Pultec because it makes everything sound awesome!

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I use both. And they both have their pluses and minuses. Cutting tape is a pain in the butt for example but the warmth from tape is so lovely. Digital is so convenient in so many ways but I like to marry the two together. For example keyboards can often sound small and two dimensional in the computer but running them out of the computer , through a guitar amp and some pedals and back in , suddenly they sound so much more 3D.

  9. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  10. A: Budget, turnaround , is my material any good? I generally tell the artist that I will do the best I can budget wise with in reason and I am always totally honest about the quality of the material. Having said that any ok song can be turned into a good song with the right know how

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

  12. A: I wrote a song called Punchdrunk which George Harrison from the Beatles heard and offered to play on. I sent him the tapes to London and he put his parts down and sent it back. We spoke on the phone and he was the greatest. I wrote and produced that one also.

  13. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  14. A: I am currently writing a song called Haunt me again for Alicia Keys.

  15. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  16. A: My promise is that if they work with me, they will get great songs written and a record that can stand up against anything you might hear on the radio.

  17. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  18. A: I like working in the arts every day and I really like working with so many super talented musicians and songwriters. It never gets old

  19. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  20. A: I think from a production stand point , it's that a producer is a silver bullet. He or she is not. Ultimately a producers job is to realise the vision of the artist.

  21. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  22. A: I ask a lot of questions about the songs and arrangements. The vision. What the end game is in terms of once the record is finished. Are they open to opinions or are they very definite about what they want

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

  24. A: I started in a band in Ireland , moved to America , got signed to Interscope, and then Island, made some records, had a few hits. Started producing and teaching at Berklee and have been doing that ever since.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: My production style is very hands on from the songwriting all the way through the mixing stage. My own musical style is rootsy and rough around the edges but I also do quite a lot of electronic material which is a lot more polished.

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

  28. A: Tom Waits. Because he is a genius songwriter and is alway original and pushing the boundaries .

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

  30. A: Simplicity is key. I would prefer one killer part rather than 5 ok parts. The ear can only process 3 sounds at once and the more stuff you pile on to a song the smaller it starts to sound.

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

  32. A: I work in many genres. Lately I have been working with quite a few female singer songwriters but I also work in Americana style , rock , pop and so forth.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I am a good collaborator and I know what makes a good song.

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

  36. A: A deep understanding of what works in a song, lyrically, melodically and structurally. I have been a songwriter and have taught songwriting for many years and have taken apart and analysed thousands of songs. I feel like I can guarantee you will be happy with the results of the song writing process .

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

  38. A: I normally begin with the song , getting the structure correct, and fine tuning the melody , harmony and arrangements etc. At that point I begin working on the recording really trying to capture great performances without a crazy amount of takes. 3 is generally my limit. I try and go after the vision that the artist has and realise that as best as I can.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have protools hd and abelton through apogee rosettas with symphony cards. I have tonnes of mics and outboard gear, 1073's and Api pre-amps, and some great old guitars and basses. I also have some cool keyboards including a moog taurus 2 and a Prophet.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Tom Waits and Boy Dylan are on a pedestal. Massive attack are amazing. But I listen to all kinds of music. I really like Jon Hopkins and Underworld . I love Danny Lanois' vibe and Eno is up there too. As regards mixing , I have worked with TLA and like his work but also Mark Spike Stent and Andy Wallace.

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

  44. A: I tend to be a collaborator type of producer in that i get involved early in the song writing process. I have taught songwriting at Berklee for a number of years so am deep in the songwriting world. Beyond songwriting, I do a lot of programming and session work and obviously a lot of actual recording and mixing.

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I was the Writer and producer in this production

Terms Of Service

As many revisions as are reasonable.
Turn around time depends but days rather than weeks.
I like to chat to the artist and get a feel for the project..

GenresSounds Like
  • Tom Waits
  • Daniel Lanois
  • Lykke Li
Gear Highlights
  • Neumann U87 KM184
  • AKG 414
  • LA2A
  • 1176
  • Distressor
  • Neve 1073 api 5012
  • 1959 Fender Precision
  • 1962 Fender Telecaster
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  • Mortal Prophets new record out todayOct 17, 2022

    Great new record by Mortal Prophets released today. This was a very enjoyable project to produce. A modern reimagining of old delta blues.. 

    Check it out here

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  • New song released today from Andreas GrannesAug 12, 2022

    A great song from Norwegian artist Andreas Grannes. 

    The song is called "Home" . I produced it and played 

    most of the instruments. Check out the guitar solo:)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTKWQdf95fA


  • New song from Flora AlgeraJun 21, 2022

    Produced and mixed this one and played most of the instruments. Great tune from a really interesting artist. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF_1hu2SiVU