With four self-produced albums and one on the way, Rachel is no stranger to the recording studio. As a classically trained vocalist, she shines when it comes to vocal technique and arrangement. Her BM in Vocal Performance/Recording ensures she can read and create arrangements, and her 15+ years in the industry means she'll nail the performance.
IMPECCABLE BACKGROUND VOCALS
Rachel has been harmonizing since the age of five, so she is well versed in creating catchy, inventive harmonies and background vocals to suit whichever melody is thrown her way. She has near perfect pitch, so you won't have to go through and fix anything. Favorite genres: Folk, Motown, Jazz, Theatre/opera, Pop, Soul, Neo-soul, EDM... the list goes on. Ask her what she can do to make your project really shine!
BOLD LEAD VOCAL WITH A PALPABLE STAGE PRESENCE
This is the part of the bio where everyone says "I can mimic whatever singer you like and make your song sound exactly like theirs." That's not what Rachel likes to do.
Her voice has the clarity of Julie Andrews, the power of Adele, the brooding grit of Fiona Apple, and the acrobatic flexibility of Joni Mitchell. She can take your melody and transform it into something beyond your imagination.
You'll get polished, immaculately edited raw stems, in whatever format/bit rate/sample rate you choose.
If you're in need of some quirky, dark, yet altogether lively and sunny poetic ideas, you'll want to employ Rachel as a songwriter. Challenge her with mixed meters and key changes; they're her favorite. So much so that she should be writing for Broadway... and maybe she one day will.
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I had a fantastic experience with Rachel. She has a real talent to adapt and perform melodies and hooklines. Im very happy of the result and definetly recommend her! SUper exciting work!
I've worked with Rachel on many recording and live musical explorations, and each time I am moved and amazed. As a backup singer, she molds to the musical direction while adding new dimension and feeling to the songs; as a bandleader, she is focused and inventive and full of laughing energy. Rachel is a genius composer/arranger and brilliant songwriter. What a marvelous human!
I have worked with Rachel in numerous projects and have witnessed her versatility firsthand. Her wide musical education, both formal and colloquial, allows her to draw from a wide range of influences, her ear allows her to create parts that span the range from simple and sweet to dense and complex, and her years of performing professionally gives her the faculty to execute at the highest level. Throw in her perfectionism, and she is nearly unbeatable. She has my unflinching endorsement, and I will be using her on many projects to come. Thanks, Rachel!
Interview with Rachel
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Creating interesting harmonies is EASY. (It's not. Ask any talented multi-instrumentalist who's not a trained vocalist, and they'll tell you it's a struggle)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's the mood/emotion you're trying to capture with this track? Would you like me to take liberties with the melody/rhythm or keep it true to what's written? Are you more of a whiskey or a tequila person?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love taking something from its formative stages and watching it develop. That fully-produced album was once just a tune in my head. Bit by bit, it grew into something I could be really proud of. I don't have any children, so these tracks are my kids.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been writing since I penned my first complete song at 8-years-old. I studied voice throughout high school and college, putting out two albums in college alone. Since then, I've played my music in four bands and self-produced two more albums. Rachel Bachman and the Better News Bears has another one in the works!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jesca Hoop. She's been my greatest inspiration for over a decade. She's weird and wildly talented.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk, rock, psychadelic, musical theatre, electronic, choral, indie pop, yours.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When songwriting, it's all about the chord progression and the melody, and lyrics soon follow. With Harmony Arrangement, my method is typically by ear, though I sometimes write it all out on staff paper. I layer it piece by piece, from the inside out.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My specialty is background vocals, I can create and layer intricate harmonies, call and response, doo-wop, fugue, you name it! I'm also a very good at inventing melodies for lead vocals, so if you've got a song written, but the vocal line feels a little "stuck," that's where I come in.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an AKG P220 Microphone, Vocal isolation booth, Presonus Scarlett 2i2, Ableton 10, Macbook Pro.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just finished tracking a tune called "Sleepwaltzing," where I layered in nine different vocal tracks, creating a beautifully dissonant choir you could fall asleep to. (have a listen on my Harmony Arrangement Demo)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: About to shoot a promo video with my newest project: A Casual Divorce.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm always challenging myself to create out-of-the box musical ideas, so you won't get a cookie-cutter sound, unless you specifically ask for it.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital... it's 2020
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you like my sound, ask me for a sample. I'll be happy to provide a clip of me singing your song.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Ukulele, Ableton, notebook, pen, WATER (that's gear, right?)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Folk/soul/musical theatre/quirk
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The first take is usually the best one. Trust yourself.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Near perfect pitch, inventive melody lines, clean vocal quality, humor.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Brittany Howard, Tom Waits, Vulfpeck, Jesca Hoop, Imogen Heap...