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 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


Send me a note through the contact button above.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Rubyhorse
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72 Reviews - 9 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Daniel Udall
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    I’ve just completed another session amongst many with William and his professionalism, communication and reliability is top notch as always! Approachable and easy to work with as well. Highly recommended!

  2. Review by Andrew DeLong
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    William is a true professional. Patient and kind. All project files were organised and ready to go. All I had to do was sing. Looking forward to working with him again.

  3. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Thanks William for trusting me your music once again, it has been a real pleasure to work with you. You couldn't be nicer. Cheers!

  4. Review by Andres Mayo
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    William delivered very good mixes and was very attentive and communicative throughout the entire process. I'm glad we had the chance to work together again!

  5. Review by Caroline L.
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    William did an amazing job with my first song!

  6. Review by Julie W.
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    William is a quality producer!

  7. Review by Silvrntz
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    Takes time to make sure work is up to a professional standard. Communicates constantly to ensure satisfaction. Was kind enough to make a zoom call to get to know more about my project before starting. Highly recommended.

  8. Review by Jean L.
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    Accolades for William D Lucey. Professional and talented. He shows great understanding not only as to the sound and song structure, but assimilates the feel of the song as a listener. Hoping to work with him again!

  9. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Working with William was the most pleasant experience; we communicated often and achieved a great result in no time. Hope we continue working together!

  10. Review by Julie W.
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    William continues to produce quality instrumental tracks for my vocals with mixing and mastering. He is very talented, communicates well and is easy to work with.

  11. Review by Gary M.
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    Another successful project. As usual, William goes above and beyond to deliver top-notch work to make something good into something great. Great musician, great communication, and a pleasure to work with.

  12. Review by Steve
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    William is a absolute pro! His musical knowledge is second to none. He helped me craft my song into something above and beyond what I expected. I'm looking forward to our next collaboration!

  13. Review by John B.
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    You are in very good hands if you work with William, he has displayed extraordinary subtlety in his approach to producing a beautiful song for me, he brought in all the right musicians to bring the song up to a very high standard. The process itself was very painless, and the back and forth discussions were very prompt and always pleasant. I'm very happy with the end result. We will definitely be doing more projects in the future together. He has my highest recommendation!

  14. Review by Haley d.
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    This is my first experience with soundbetter. I got the pleasure to work with William on my first song. He was very easy to work with and was responsive. I am happy I wrote a song that I can enjoy for the rest of my life and to be able to share with family. I will definitely work with William again!! I highly recommend it to anyone. Thank you William!!

  15. Review by Russel L.
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    William is a joy to work with. A contributor and collaborator as well as a terrific songwirter. Thanks, William. Russ Lubliner

  16. Review by Julie W.
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    William is a very talented and creative producer. He can take a simple song melody and make great sounding instrumental tracks plus mix and master your song.

  17. Review by Gary M.
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    Another full production from William. He delivers above and beyond each and every time. He's turned every one of my songs into something that I am so proud of. I could not be happier with his care, attention, talent and work.

  18. Review by Jamie R.
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    William helped me lyrically tweak a song I'd written and then produced/mixed it for me. He has a terrific ear for modern music and his attention to detail is insane. My song needed some pretty unconventional stuff, by modern standards, but William was able to write/execute a sick brass part that really set the track off. If you are a singer-songwriter - this is the guy you should be working with. My confidence jumped 10x from working with this guy. Many thanks William! Now go have a pint on me! Cheers - J

  19. Review by Jesus R.
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    Had a great time working with William! He will go ABOVE AND BEYOND! William has years of experience and will share his knowledge with you. I learned so much working with him the past couple of months. If you are looking for a producer who will make sure you get the results you want then lucky you. William is that producer.

  20. Review by Julie W.
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    William is a very talented producer. He has taken my songs and done a great job with making instrumental backgrounds for vocals as well as quality mixing and mastering. He is flexible and easy to work with.

  21. Review by Nate Barnes
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    William is a fantastic producer and a total pro- highly recommended!

  22. Review by Amy
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    Really pleasant experience working with William. He was prompt with communication and delivery. I am also very satisfied with the end result. Will work with him again soon! Highly recommended.

  23. Review by Nate Barnes
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    Always a pleasure working with William!

  24. Review by Nate Barnes
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    William is a killer producer and a total pro- a pleasure to work with- highly recommended!

  25. Review by sportstuff01
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    Had a great time working with William!
    He had great ideas and quick turnaround time.

  26. Review by Nate Barnes
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    Always a pleasure working with William- fantastic producer and a total pro- highly recommended!

  27. Review by Jesus R.
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    William took my rough demo and crafted it into a complete song. He was honest and patient during the process. It was a pleasure working with William.

  28. Review by Alana C.
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    William is a very talented and creative songwriter. I asked him to make an English adaptation of my original lyrics in Spanish and he did such a great job, giving new ideas without losing the original essence of the song. I hope to work with him again soon and I highly recommend him to everyone!

  29. Review by Darren B.
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    Working with William was great! Really helped me, not only with the tracks I was working on but he also gave me tips on recording and stuff like that! Great guy, great to work with, and would recommend for sure!

  30. Review by Gary M.
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    Another successful project with William. He worked with me to make my song into something I am incredibly proud of. His combination of patience, knowledge, talent, and willingness to help is truly second to none.

  31. Review by Tom J.
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    William was amazing to work with. He is a Top notch Musician, Producer, Songwriter. A thoroughly enjoyable project we co-produced together. Already planning our next project.

  32. Review by Frank T.
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    William is so very talented, patient and kind, always encouraging, guiding and working hard to bring my songs to a higher level. It is truly a pleasure working with William.

  33. Review by Julie W.
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    William is a talented producer. He has produced some great instrumental tracks for my Scripture Praise songs. He is kind and patient and and willing to take the extra steps to complete a quality music project.

  34. Review by Nate Barnes
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    William is a fantastic producer and a pleasure to work with- a total pro, highly recommended!

  35. Review by Tom J.
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    A great all round musician , talented writer and producer, william was able to take my piano melody, notes and words and pull them together into a complete song version. A pleasure to work with him. I hope To cooperate with him on other projects soon!

  36. Review by Colin S.
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    William is a pleasure to deal with, prompt and professional in his approach. I wouldn’t hesitate to engage again on future collaboration efforts.

  37. Review by Gary M.
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    William took my rough demo and crafted it into a complete song that I am incredibly proud of. He went over and above the call of duty to make sure every aspect of my song was complete, professionally done AND that I was happy and it reflected my vision. He is a patient professional who taught me some valuable skills that I will use in the future. I highly recommend working with William!

  38. Review by Frank T.
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    William is extremely talented and easy to work with, always open to ideas and so helpful and determined to take your music to the next level!

  39. Review by Daniel F.
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    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

  40. Review by Julie W.
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    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.

  41. Review by Nate Barnes
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    William is a fantastic producer and a joy to work with!

  42. Review by Nate Barnes
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    William's a stellar producer and a joy to work with- a total pro- highly recommended!

  43. Review by Nathan M.
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    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!

  44. Review by Daniel L.
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    William is great to work with. Very responsive, fast, and has great ideas. Will definitely be continuing the project.

  45. Review by Luke Foley
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    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! :)

  46. Review by Nescora
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    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.

  47. Review by Frank T.
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    William was very professional, is extremely talented and very easy to work with. Ready to do the next project!

  48. Review by Madis A.
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    William is a great guy to work with. He is very talented and oriented to your request. I am very pleased with the result.

  49. Review by Frank T.
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    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!

  50. Review by Brendan A.
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    Very professional and extremely helpful. He listened to my idea and turned into somthing beautiful. A truly awesome guy.

  51. Review by Vincent MacDonald
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    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!

  52. Review by Felipe B.
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    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.

  53. Review by Frank T.
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    William did a fantastic job, very patient, very talented, and dedicated to bringing your song to the next level.

  54. Review by Pranjal
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    Very easy to work it !! Very very professional, gives his 100% and delivers work in time.
    We will work more

  55. Review by Dan G.
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    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!

  56. Review by Morgan P.
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    William is professional, very responsive & delivers high quality song writing skills. He knows exactly how to write the perfect song!

  57. Review by Yosshi
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    Good Songwriter and sin ver. Good ideas, patient and reasonable.

  58. Review by Frank T.
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    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!

  59. Review by Frank T.
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    William was excellent to work with, very talented and really dedicated to bring the best version of the song to market!

  60. Review by Daniel F.
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    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!

  61. Review by Akash
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    Did a great job in taking the vague lyrics I had and turning them into gold! 1000% recommend William. You won’t regret it!

  62. Review by Mchael Burrows
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    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..

  63. Review by Matthew Abapo
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    Great to work with! William understands how to bring your idea to life!

  64. Review by Daniel Udall
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    Recent work has involved working as a session guitarist whose tracks are recorded and mixed by William. William is responsive, communicative and has a high attention to detail and quality. Highly recommended!

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  66. Review by sportstuff01
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    Super quick turn around, Very easy to work with and most important of all, amazing work!

  67. Review by Morgan P.
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    High quality song writer who really brings the best writing out of you!

  68. Review by Marlene
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    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!

  69. Review by Killian
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    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.

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    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!

  71. Review by A. Carey-Philpott
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    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!

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    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.
    Highly recommended!!!

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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  • Tom Waits
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