I'm a self produced artist and songwriter. I have a solo project "Carling", which has been featured on global playlists like "New Music Friday". I have also had the pleasure of working with other artists like The Strike, Jill Baylon and Christie Huff to name a few. My work has accumulated over 2 million streams on Spotify Alone!
Based in Los Angeles, I have been making a living with my music for the past four years. I've written trending Pop songs and produced cues for TV and commercials. I specialize in all things Pop. I use Ableton Live with industry standard plugins (Waves, soundtoys, UAD, Auto-Tune etc.) to ensure you get the results you're looking for.
*Pricing varies by complexity of project, but start at:
Vocal demo: $250+
Vocal arrangement (harmonies and adlibs): $250+
Songwriting/Topline: *contact for pricing
Expedite under 48 hours: add $75
Send me a message and we’ll discuss your project and see if I’m a fit for you! I’ll send you an mp3 rough mix for your approval, do one round of revisions for free if needed, then once you approve and release funds, I will send all stems as 32bit 48k .wav files dry/raw, completely tuned and edited. 3-4 day turn arounds are standard! I like to work fast!
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Interview with Ethan Carling
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've released 10 songs this year that I am proud of. Showcased a lot of my range and grew as a producer and writer.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Writing a lot of music for my solo project. I also just completed vocals for a movie trailer (coming in 2021).
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Ellee Duke
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It's lighter and typically faster.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to deliver a product we can both take pride in.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like being able to work from home and being my own boss! It's great to only work on projects I'm excited about!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Customers ask me for files upon completion. I ask for payment before I send completed project files.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think music making is instantaneous. It requires creativity, vulnerability, problem solving, and engineering knowledge.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want this song to be about? How powerful do you want the chorus? What are we trying to communicate with this song? Do you have any songs that you can send me for reference?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Tell me what you want as clearly as you can, and I will do my best to get it to you. Having a clear vision helps the process dramatically.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Headphones, Guitar, Apollo Twin, and a good microphone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing music professionally since I moved to Los Angeles four years ago. Before music was a hobby I did in my youth and into college. I've worn many hats and plan to wear a few more.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Emotionally infused pop with powerful instrumentation. I like big drums and big messages.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Charlie Puth. I love his pop sensibilities and the musicality in his songs.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Arrangement dynamics can carry a song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually make Pop music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Integrity. I take pride in the work that I do, and I want my clients to be proud of it too.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a knack for catchiness. I want my music to be memorable. I want it to feel good. I want listeners to feel seen and understood.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Before I hit record, I like to communicate with my clients to align our ideas. Discussions about mood, delivery, and emotion will help me to craft a top line that will best serve the song. I will record and edit the vocals then return a demo mp3 for approval. We will discuss if there are any adjustments that need to be made and make them.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Mac Book Pro that runs Ableton Live 10. KRK Rokit 5 Studio Monitors, AKG Professional Reference Headphones, Universal Audio Apollo Twin X, BlueBird Microphone, Shure Sm7b. I have a Fender Jaguar bass, Fender Stratocaster, and Acoustic Guitar.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Finneas, Alexander 23, Jeremy Zucker
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do demo vocal work most commonly!