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.
*Songwriting: including music, melodies and lyrics .
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.
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31 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse William D Lucey
Excellent work! Wrote, produced, mixed and mastered my first ever single for me and it turned out to be amazing! Delivered in a good amount of time, I will definitely be working with him again
William is an excellent Producer. He is very professional and pleasant to work with. His songwriting expertise was very helpful in producing my song and he spent quality time making sure it had the right sound using his recording, mixing and mastering skills. I will be working with him again.
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William is a fantastic producer and a joy to work with!
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William's a stellar producer and a joy to work with- a total pro- highly recommended!
William was an absolute pleasure to work with. I had some health difficulties in the middle of our project but he was nothing but patient and kind. He's got my highest praise!
William is great to work with. Very responsive, fast, and has great ideas. Will definitely be continuing the project.
William took a very rough idea I had for a song and turned it into something really special. If you're looking for a world class songwriter to help on your project he is your man! :)
William is very creative and brings a unique take to your project if your willing to let him.A very good songwriter.. After, he is open to making adjustments until your satisfied as a artist.. this has been a wonderful experience and i will continue to work with him.
William was very professional, is extremely talented and very easy to work with. Ready to do the next project!
William is a great guy to work with. He is very talented and oriented to your request. I am very pleased with the result.
William is so talented, patient and easy to work with on these projects. He really goes the extra mile to take your song to the next level. Thanks!
Very professional and extremely helpful. He listened to my idea and turned into somthing beautiful. A truly awesome guy.
William is very nice to connect with and skilful in the craft of songwriting. He helped me perfect a song i was working on and he had some useful suggestions. The workflow was nice and if it wasn’t for me working on multiple projects and a deadline it would super fast and fluid. We had a couple of zoom sessions and a google doc to exchange our ideas. William has a lot of knowledge and really understood what the song needed. I can highly recommend working with William!
Working with William was a really incredible experience. The song quickly became a bigger piece thanks to his input and performance. I'll work with him again for sure.
William did a fantastic job, very patient, very talented, and dedicated to bringing your song to the next level.
Very easy to work it !! Very very professional, gives his 100% and delivers work in time.
We will work more
William is amazing. He is a very experienced and talented pro songwriter. He will definitely take your song to a new level. It's a great pleasure working with you, William! Thank you!
William is professional, very responsive & delivers high quality song writing skills. He knows exactly how to write the perfect song!
Good Songwriter and sin ver. Good ideas, patient and reasonable.
William did a fantastic job, went above and beyond to bring the song to the next level. Even brought in a wonderful female vocalist for backing harmonies at very reasonable prices. A great overall experience!
William was excellent to work with, very talented and really dedicated to bring the best version of the song to market!
William was absolutely brilliant! He created an entire song for me from scratch in less than 48 hours - and the song is incredible! I highly recommend him, he’s incredible at what he does and he’s a speedy worker, get right to business! Will definitely be working with him again in the future!
Did a great job in taking the vague lyrics I had and turning them into gold! 1000% recommend William. You won’t regret it!
William is the artist and songwriters dream co-writer. He can instantly understand where a song needs to go. He's got fresh ideas that really take the hook and breadth of the song to a whole new dimension. He's also not precious about ideas and works as a team with the perfect balance of honesty and passion. Check out his past songs and you'll know your'e in safe hands with someone who loves the craft of songwriting as much as you do. There's something in that Irish water..
Great to work with! William understands how to bring your idea to life!
High quality song writer who really brings the best writing out of you!
I have worked with William on a number of different projects over the past two years and I cannot recommend him highly enough. He knows how to bring out your best performance, capture it and produce it in a way that the song and the vocal remain front and centre. He is an artist himself and this is clear in the way that he approaches his work: he has that rare combination of musicianship, technical engineering ability , calming presence and soul. I'm looking forward to the next project that we work on together!
William is a real professional and I can't recommend him enough. He's an absolute pleasure to work with and will push you to new heights in your collaborations. Most of all I'd say he just really loves music, which is the most important thing. He'll be frank about what's not working and has a wealth of experience to offer improvements from (and can hear diamonds in the rough). His musical intuition is on point and he's technically super competent. He'll know what route to take to transform songs in their birthday suit, or in their production to where they need to be. Highly recommend.
I'm a singer from Hungary. I went to William with a Hungarian song, that is shows too he is fantastic in his job, because my song turned out absolutely brilliant. I hope we can work together soon again. Hight recommend!
Without reservation, I would recommend William D. Lucey as a producer, mixer & song-writing collaborator. He brings a wealth of experience to any project and his laid back disposition, makes him a pleasure to work with. I had the good fortune to work with him on my latest EP and found his guidance and vision invaluable. If you want that extra edge on your own songs, he brings a fresh & honest perspective that drives you to go that bit further. That kind of inspiration gets a project over the line, which is why he gets my vote every time!
William was brilliant! His endless songwriting tips, musical knowledge- taking the songs from the initial ideas... on a journey to the finished recorded result. I was delighted with how my songs turned out.
Interview with William D Lucey
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently writing a song called Haunt me again for Alicia Keys.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
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.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
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.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
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
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
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
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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 there audience might be.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
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. pultech because it makes everything sound awesome!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: How would you describe your style?
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.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Tom Waits. Because he is a genius songwriter and is alway original and pushing the boundaries .
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
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.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am a good collaborator and I know what makes a good song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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 .
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.