Andrew Shier

PRO Singer/Top-liner

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13 YEARS of experience with over 100 SONGS under my belt, I strive to work with my clients to make sure they or 100% SATISFIED with my work. With over 100k streams on various projects, there is no genre or song that I won't take on. I'll provide referrals if needed!

As the lead singer of the band Ten Minute Detour and Walboom, I have learned to sing at a professional level as well as hone in my top-lining skills for various genres. Over the past 7 years, I have shifted focus to TOP-LINING for artists around the world, and have had a 100% satisfaction rate!

My process is simple. We discuss the project, I send you some rough ideas, once we agree on an idea I will then record the final takes and send to you for inspection. If there is anything that needs to be changed, we can do that until you are happy. NO ego involved. This is your project and you deserve to be in control.

I am able to record original vocals or help with vocal melodies and harmonies. See recording references for vocals examples. I work out of a professional studio in my home and am able to do quick turnaround time if needed!

Additional Services: Songwriting, Production, Lyrics, Vocal RE-creation

I believe in 100% Customer Satisfaction, and will make sure your experience working with me is transparent and smooth, ensuring we are both on the same page!

If you have any questions, say 'hello' and we can take it from there.

Project rates are completely negotiable. If you have multiple songs/needs, consider packaging them into one service, which I am happy to work out with you. Looking forward to working with you!

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

Credits

Discogs verified credits for Ten Minute Detour
  • Ten Minute Detour
  • Ten Minute Detour

Languages

  • English

59 Reviews - 14 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Rammor
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    Clear communication, quick turnaround and an awesome performance!

  2. Review by Jack L.
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    Highly recommend! Brilliant.

  3. Review by Olivier B.
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    Loved working with Andrew again. Super professional & talented singer. Great ad libs, highly recommend!

  4. Review by Tomasz Kruszewski
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    Andrew is a true professional and a great talent. The end result of his work was even beyond my expectations. Andrew was open to all my comments and requests and showed great patience :-) He is a very versatile artist who gets on in many genres of music - 10/10 !!!

  5. Review by Watson
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    Andrew was excellent to work with! Highly recommend

  6. Review by Paul s.
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    Another great set of lyrics and vocals from Andrew, and flexible with re-records which is fantastic.

  7. Review by Stefan S.
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    Andrew is the best! Worked with him a few times already & I keep coming back. Would definitely recommend!

  8. Review by Stefan S.
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    Andrew once again delivered! 10/10. Fantastic vocal tone & a pleasure to work with!

  9. Review by Stefan
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    Andrew is the best! He's quick & has a fantastic voice. Would definitely recommend!

  10. Review by Greg Mate
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    Working with Andrew was effortless, and the results top notch, a real pro!

  11. Review by Jack L.
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    Always brilliant. Thanks, Andrew!

  12. Review by Stefan
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    Andrew is amazing! Fantastic vocal tone and delivered exactly what I needed.

  13. Review by Steve
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    Andrew was PERFECT! Not only is Andrew truly talented with absolutely beautiful vocals, he delivered exactly what I needed exactly when I needed it. Great communication all around! Would definitely work with again!

  14. Review by Tom D.
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    Truly gifted individual. Easy to work with.
    Great singer and harmonies.
    A true artist with arrangements.

    I had a poem I wanted to put to music (pop ballad). I came up with chord progression for the verse and didn't know where to go from there. No melody. Nothing.

    He came up with this complete amazing melody and arrangement practically overnight like it was nothing. He incorporated minor falls and major lifts beautifully.

  15. Review by Jack L.
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    Really brilliant, exactly what I was looking for! Thank you, Andrew!

  16. Review by Christine
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    Worked with Andrew for topline but he was able to help me for much more than just that. His creative perspective, professionalism and open communication made this project seamless.
    Andrew's insights and suggestions have been invaluable, and I appreciate his collaborative spirit - and he's a great singer and songwriter!
    I highly recommend Andrew for his musical expertise and collaborative approach. Excited to see how the rest of the project unfolds!

  17. Review by Simon Næsse
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    Working with Andrew was an absolute delight. He not only met but exceeded expectations with his work and brought a very positive energy to the entire process. His friendly and collaborative approach made the project truly enjoyable. I'm definitely looking forward to the possibility of collaborating with him again in the near future.

  18. Review by Steffen 'Sugar' Harning
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    Working with Andrew was an absolute delight! He demonstrated true professionalism, and his communication and delivery speed were impressive. The project flowed seamlessly, and I wholeheartedly recommend collaborating with him.

  19. Review by Paul s.
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    Another great set of lyrics, melody and harmonies. Working very flexibly too. Looking forward to mixing this one and starting the next!

  20. Review by Alex M.
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    Yet another great job by Andrew! Great vocal work as always and delivered on schedule. I highly recommend

Interview with Andrew Shier

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I think the next record that my band has coming out is something i'm very proud of. I helped with most of the songwriting, production and arrangement, and the end result is by far our best work to date. Can't wait to share it!

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: My band Ten Minute Detour will be releasing our third LP this Summer, and I am currently writing for my second LP under my solo act, Andrew Shier.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Rhys Lintern. He's a drummer in Australia who I've worked with many times. He's super friendly and great to work with, and he just built an awesome studio out of his home for tracking drums.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital. I simply don't have the technical abilities to maintain analog gear at the moment. One day!

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: The project won't be finished until you are happy. If at any point you feel like it's not working, no hard feelings and we can just step away from it.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: The freedom to work on my own schedule, and the privilege of working with so many amazing people who are all unique in their own way.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: How many times can you revise something? My answer is always "As many times as it takes until you're happy"!

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That's I'm an angry person. I just have an angry resting face, but I really am quite happy person!

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What is your budget? What is your timeline? What are your expectations? Do you have any musical or visual references so I can further understand what you are trying to achieve?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Please just reach out. It's so hard to get to know someone and what they can do just through a profile. By having a conversation we can really unpack what it is you're looking for and whether or not I can help.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Acoustic Guitar, Analog 8-track recorder, Drum Kit, Microphone, Bass. Does this Island have power!?

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I began writing music in grade 10 with some friends. In University I wrote and released a 5 song EP but never really thought anything of it. By the time I was 23 I joined a band in Calgary, AB and we've been together ever since. I have released solo music over the last 7 years or so, and have also formed a band with my good friend in Australia. I guess it's been almost 17 years...woah.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I'd say on most occasions I'm a pop sensible singer/songwriter with a unique imperfect indie sound.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: I'd lover to work with Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats. I think he's a great melody writer and his songs just have a life to them that I can't explain. He also seems like a cool guy!

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Have a firm understanding of the end goal before you begin. Too many times I'd start recording before having a clear picture of what I'm trying to achieve. It only adds more labour to the project and can wear you down if you have to start again.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Typically some for of electronic music.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Adapting to the project at hand is probably my strongest skill. I try and be as much of a chameleon as possible, changing the delivery of the vocals or the tone of my voice. I want to bring something new to each client I work with, and I think pushing myself to do something I've never done before helps with that.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I think with my background in rock/indie music, I bring a different perspective when working with electronic artists. I've learned to write melodies for various genres over the past decade which allows me to really treat each project as its own entity. Vocally I don't necessarily have the cleanest or perfect voice. It has a uniqueness typically not found in electronic music, so when I pair that with a solid hook and electronic production, the final product is something fresh and interesting.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Typically I enjoy starting with a conversation. I want to make sure I understand what the project is, and what my clients expectations are. Once we're on the same page, I'll start roughing out some vocal ideas and sending them over to the artist for feedback. We go back and forth a little bit until their happy, at which point I re-record mostly everything and tighten it up a bit. My work is never complete until the client is 100% satisfied.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a sound treated smaller room where I record most instruments and vocals. I tend to record most vocal takes on an SM7B as I find it offers really great versatility for various singing styles. As far as my DAW goes I use Logic Pro X and lean heavily on UA Audio and Fabfilter plug-ins.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: I really love all of Shawn Everetts work as far as production goes. I think being able to create sounds that aren't commonly heard, while keeping them engaging and approachable to the listener is something he does really well and something I strive to achieve when recording.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: The most common work I do for clients is helping them write catchy top-line melodies and lyrics that suit the genre and mood of their project.

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Terms Of Service

Turn around time project dependant. I am very flexible as far as pricing, timeline, expectations.
I will be 100% transparent in my abilities, and will work with the artists to achieve desired result.

Gear Highlights
  • UA Apollo Twin
  • SM7B
  • SM58
  • Fender Jaguar
  • Fender Jazz bass
  • Gretsch Electromatic
  • VOX AC30
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  • Say Hello!Oct 26, 2023

    With the slow of winter approaching, now is the time to get working on those projects you’ve set aside for a busy summer. 


    Feel free to reach out for any of your project needs, and knowing that every project is vastly different, we can work to find a rate and workflow that works best for you! 


    Looking forward to a busy winter here in Canada! Let’s make some stuff!