Stephen Buzzell is a multi instrumentalist, producer and mixer based in Pittsburgh. Stephen specializes in modern sound in R&B, pop and rock. Stephen's main objective is bringing the best out of your songs. From vocal production, keyboards, drum programming and arrangement, Stephen will help you realize your sonic goals.
Producer-Turning your demos into full productions
Mixing Engineer- Make your songs streaming ready
Songwriter - Assisting with writing songs in a variety of genres
Beat Maker- Making beats for song productions
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Interview with Stephen Buzzell
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think not understand how much work is involved.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals for the project?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask questions
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Ernie ball bass, Steinway piano, Martin Acoustic, My Mac and Juno.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a classically trained trombonist. Switched to bass at 16. Played in various bands in my early 20s. Then gravitated to the studio and production side shortly after. I have been working on music for 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Attention to detail, with an I eye on the big picture.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Childish Gambino. He is a true artist and his music cant be contained in one genres.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Have vision of the finish line and plan for that.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B/ Soul
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening aka Ears
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Communication is key. When I work with an artist or band, the goal is to quickly understand their sonic aesthetic. That way we are speaking the same language. Once we have an understanding, we will go over goals for the project.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My production setup is a Mac Pro running Protools 12 and Logic X. I run a Presonus 1602 and a Apollo twin. U87 mic, Shure 7b mostly. Several Synths from Yamaha and Various guitars and basses.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Pharrell Williams and Rick Rubin
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production that includes arrangement, writing melodies, instrumentation to mixing.