A fresh & new voice on SoundBetter! I will work on your song with professionalism and ease. With many vocal credits over several decades I will bring a soulful & familiar tone to your songs & projects. In addition I can help you with songwriting, lyrics and production. I take the upmost pride in my work. Let's get that next song of yours to shine!
Thank you for checking out my profile. I'm very excited for the opportunity to work on your songs & projects. I'm based in LA and the Portland areas.
Here's a quick breakdown of what I offer...
- Vocal Demos and Final Takes (3+ Octave Range)
- Songwriting (Chords, Lyrics, Song Structure, Topline)
- Music Production (Demos & Final Mixes)
- Mixing & Mastering (96k, 48k or 44.1k WAV & MP3s)
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
- My name to remain off of credits unless otherwise agreed upon.
- All dry and FX stems will be sent once the balance is paid in full.
- All jobs are completed within the order they are received.
OWNERSHIP & PUBLISHING:
- 50/50 Standard Publishing Split for all songwriting, lyric writing & topline, unless otherwise agreed upon.
- Master / Artist royalty varies project to project. Contact me to discuss.
- Payment for all jobs: 50% up front, last 50% when job complete. Initial 50% is a non-refundable booking fee.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Santiago Valencia
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Producing an all live band rock/blues album. It took 13 months from start to finish but I’m so proud of it.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes! Lisa Crawley & Carmen Elle. Both amazing musicians.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I thank God that I get to do this everyday. It is a childhood dream that I’m living now. The secret is to never give up, no matter what anyone says!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: First a bit about them and their goals. Then about the project at hand and where they see it going to.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I’ve been singing since I was 5 and songwriting since 15. I attended Berklee College of Music. I’m still making music and enjoying every second of it!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: There’s a place for both. In fact I think that when you mix the two you can achieve great results.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that I want your song and project to be something you are proud of. Therefore I will take pride in my work / quality and do everything possible to make sure you’re happy with the result.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That this stuff is easy or that it’s not work. Getting to a pro level takes hours of practice and discipline. But of course the biggest thing is the love for what you do.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: A pleasure meeting you! My first advice would be to communicate openly. The end result will be best if we are on the same page. And also to know what you imagine your project will do in the real world. Once you know that I like to work backwards to achieve the goal. This has always worked best for me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I assume this island has ac power?!? Lol. My Taylor 324 Guitar, AKG C414 XLII, Roland RD-2000 Piano, Zoom H6 Recorder and... pencil & paper. (Ok, that's six)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Singer / Songwriter is my first love. But live rock and classic rock always attracts me musically.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love to work with established artists sure, but I also love to work with those that are up and coming. There's so much talent out there. You never know where it will come from.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sure, Keep a schedule for your work. I think that one of the best things to do is write everyday and be productive in some way everyday. Keeping a schedule and letting your loved ones at home know about your schedule is key.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Singer/Songwriter & Film Score
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communication. I think it's the first thing needed to make my clients happy with the work produced. I'm very easy to work with and always just a call away.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I believe that my passion shows through in my vocals and writing when working on a project.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on project but my client and I create a detailed and scheduled timeline to produce music on time.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My home studio consists of a new Mac Pro tower with 96gb of RAM, UA Apollo x4, Cubase Pro 11, ProTools 2020.12, Many sound and orchestral samples, Neumann and AKG Mics, Taylor & Ibanez Guitars and of course my amazing Roland RD-2000 Piano.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: So many to list but my respect goes out to those that are putting themselves out there with their music. Starting from nothing to create something special to share with the world takes a very unique person.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Vocals and Songwriting. I love collaborating on great projects.