Professional vocalist/songwriter/producer for 7+ years, based in Los Angeles. Nina's songwriting/vocal work has over 20 million streams and her credits include "Only One" with Illenium, "Fired up" with Kayzo, and tracks with Joachim Garraud. Her work has been featured on Billboard, COMPLEX, and released on Proximity, AIA, MrSuicideSheep.
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Interview with Nina Sung
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'd say working with Joachim Garraud (David Guetta's camp) and my song credited with Illenium. I was the songwriter and vocalist for "Only One" which ended up getting millions of plays within weeks of release and ended up being played in rotation on Sirius XM radio for some time (2016-2017). I'd also saying performing at EDC Las Vegas 2015 was a great opportunity as well.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own solo career.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Doug Fenske (Mixing Engineer), Marcus H. (Songwriter/Vocalist), SoundslikeReed (Mixing Engineer)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: In my opinion, it doesn't matter, in the end. Of course there is a difference, however, it has to depend on the track and your brand-so whatever suits those two things, is what is better.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver quality songs that you'll be excited about and matter to you as well.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to write songs that mean something! And I love the sheer act of singing that it doesn't feel like "work."
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you produce? Do you write your own lyrics? Me: Yes, and yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I don't know how to write lyrics or produce songs. I also know how to accurately describe to a Mixing or Mastering engineer what I'd like.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your timeline? What are your release plans (if any)?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be upfront and specific in your notes! Give me timestamps of moments you're trying to change things.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Taylor Guitar Midi Keyboard Macbook Pro My Neumann TLM 103 Microphone My Focusrite Scarlett
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Piano by the age of 4, Violin by the age of 7. Auditioned to be in the San Jose Symphony orchestra and was in 1st Violin until the age of 17. I didn't become a singer/songwriter until 2013 but I've been working as a professional in LA writing songs and singing demos since 2014. Attended Icon Collective Music Production school in North Hollywood, CA 2016.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Soulful folk singer with experiences in dance music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are tons of artists I'd love to work with, but more recently I've been really keen on working with Alejandro Aranda (Scarypoolparty).
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Write the song first, and allow the production support -and not compete- with the vocal.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: EDM, RnB, Pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Melodies for PreChorus and Hooks. I'm all about making something catchy and melodic without it being cheesy.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Unique, soulful vocals that sound like no one else, and honest lyrics that tell your story.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Craft the melodic arc within the arrangement, devise a concept, write the lyrics. Hit record and then comp/tune/mix the vocals.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: UALA 610 Compressor with Nuemann TLM 103 Microphone Focusrite Scarlett Macbook Pro (Logic Pro X and Ableton)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ryan Tedder, blackbear, Ester Dean, Rick Rubin, and H.E.R. mixed in with some Julia Michaels/Justin Tranter.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I write and record entire toplines (melody and lyrics of Verses/PreChoruses/Hooks) over an instrumental, comp and mix the vocals (tuning) within Logic Pro X and deliver both wet and dry versions of the vocals. I can also write a brand new song if you tell me what key and what kind of direction you're going for.