Adam Neilson

Writer - Producer - Mixer

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I'm not good at selling myself it's awkward and always fabricated but I promise you'll be happy if you hire me.

Hello!

Based in Los Angeles, I write, produce, and mix songs for artists and for Film/TV. I'm well versed (and chorused hee hee) in many different genres but am strongest in pop and sync friendly music (please listen to my samples). I pride myself in "quality over quantity," meaning I spend the necessary time to get the exact sound that I'm/you're looking for and I’m not just pumping out two/three beats a day. I'm extremely passionate about my job and I'm only satisfied with our product when YOU are too.

For writers who need a demo vocalist for their song, I have connections to TONS of amazing vocalists all over LA in all sorts of diff genres who we could get to sing your song.

I'm happy to work one-on-one with you during writing sessions and when tracking vocals at my studio, but I normally comp vocals, produce, and mix on my own (no in person sessions).

I have a home studio that I work out of every single day of my life. It's been rated "Los Angeles' Most Cozy Vibe" by all my friends/colleagues. I'm just out here tryna make good catchy music!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

61 Reviews - 13 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Finn Fixx
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    What a great guy!! Probably one of the most talented musicians I have ever met and I have been around on soundbetter a while! So crazy talented and the quality is just SO VERY IMPRESSING. Only gave him a few references and he nailed it!! Blown away by the results. Very professional and friendly guy, perfect quality and very quick delivery. Can't recommend enough!!

  2. Review by TJ M.
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    Adam was a pleasure to work with! Looking forward to the next project!

  3. Review by Krittika Y.
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    I had a brilliant time working with Adam. He is easy to work with, receptive, hardworking and really takes the time to understand your vision and message behind the song. He’s an incredible producer and definitely hope to work with him again in the future. Highly recommend!!

  4. Review by Ryan S.
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    Adam is fantastic to work with. His work sounds great, he is flexible, and communication is fantastic. I will continue sending work his way.

  5. Review by Brett
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    I love working with Adam! He has an amazing ear, is incredibly creative, and always deliver above and beyond! Way to go, dude!

  6. Review by Nick P.
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    Amazing freaking talented guy!!! I really love Adam for everything he brings to my songs!! Really, really great quality, fast turnaround and he is such a funny and nice guy!! Can't wait to work more with him!! I ALWAYS recommend ADAM :-)

  7. Review by Brett
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    Adam is the man! Always on time or ahead of schedule! I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for vocal arrangement or production!

  8. Review by Jeff
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    Great Experience, Great Listener, Highly Recommend!

  9. Review by Lois C.
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    Is a musician who is sooooo sweet and thoughtful.
    Really love to work with him !
    Looking forward to work with him next time!
    World peace ❤️

  10. Review by Niels H.
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    Adam is a fantastic creative producer to work with, he creates our dream to reality! We wanted a Magical pop song for our arena tour show. At the beginning of the project Adam came with different vibes. Adam takes all the time to make the track as your dream! We also made a special videoclip music version which Adam made also: a voice-over + a special intro and outro music and sound effects. To make the videoclip more spectacular! We would love to work with Adam again for a new music project!

  11. Review by Rebecca K.
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    Awesome job! He captured the essence of the song perfectly.....great, fun sound! I'm a repeat customer working with Adam and would love to work with him again on future projects!

  12. Review by Rebecca K.
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    Adam is awesome! He is very professional and has a great ear/ feel for music. He captured the vibe of my song perfectly! He rocks!

  13. Review by Nick P.
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    Adam is just awesome! An incredible guitarist and producer. I'm really lucky to have found him. He got the best out of my track. Absolutely talented, always professional and a wonderful person! 1000% recommendation!!

  14. Review by Jenn R.
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    Adam's work is STELLAR!!! He's a great guy, easy to talk to, fast at what he does, and he knows what he's doing! I will definitely be working with him again and will recommend him!

  15. Review by Sahara B.
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    Absolutely great! I'm working with him for a song and is extremely understanding and patient, easy to work with, specially for my unusual artist ideas! Best producer i've worked so far on soundbetter!

  16. Review by Ryan S.
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    Great engineer, easy to work with a flexible with all of my quirky artist suggestions. He delivers solid results every time.

  17. Review by Kendel L.
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    Adam was great to work with. He has a great ear for what the song needs and really pays attention to references. He was also very friendly and a pleasant person.

  18. Review by Lois C.
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    Is my second times work with Adam.He is so talented and can always catch my weirdo idea immediately. He works really efficient and professional . Really glad to work with him !

  19. Review by Lois C.
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    Is really a cool guy , and good to work with !
    Good producer ! Really got patient to discuss with me ,the stuff is pretty fantastic !
    FIVE STARS ✔️

  20. Review by Betsy
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    I was AMAZED by Adam’s ability to bring my song to life and capture the vibe that I wanted. This was my first time using soundbetter and as a songwriter I was apprehensive about trusting anyone to edit my song remotely. Adam’s creativity was spot on and he was also very patient with my requests. I’m very pleased with how my song turned out and I look forward to working with Adam again on future songs.

  21. Review by Brett
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    Adam did a great job helping me elevate a track by offering backing vocal arrangement! Bravo, Adam! Thank you!!!

  22. Review by Derek R.
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    Over the years as a songwriter and performer, I've worked with many different producers, from the indie to platinum level. I'm not sure I ever could have fathomed the creativity and heart that Adam put into the production of my song. He breathed a new life into it that wildly exceeded my expectations both sonically and melodically. Adam's ear for hooks and the abilities he possesses regarding modern production are absolutely World Class! Also, he is a super cool dude!

  23. Review by Koda
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    Adam is a very knowledgeable, efficient songwriter with a great grasp on what's current in music. He's also attentive to details, techniques and big on originality. I had a great experience working with him and hope to collaborate again soon!

  24. Review by Ryan S.
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    Great to work with, great results.

  25. Review by Ryan S.
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    Fast, professional, easy to work with, Adam delivered great results.

  26. Review by Marcus
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    Working with Adam has been great! He was very accommodating with his schedule giving me a little extra time to finish some stuff on my end. Great ear for modern music, wonderful finished track, and of course I highly recommend! :)

  27. Review by Fenmore R.
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    It was such a pleasure working with Adam. The biggest compliment I can give is that he genuinely listens to my ideas and the references that I give him. He does his best to work towards the best end product, paying attention to the notes that are given and creating top-tier radio-ready song. I would love to work with him again in the future. Real professional.

  28. Review by Kassy
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    Excellent experience - Adam is super talented, a great communicator, and turns work around quickly. Will use again!

  29. Review by John M.
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    Adam's skill set is extremely diverse. It has been a pleasure working with him and I hope to continue into the next decade. John

  30. Review by John M.
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    Adam is great to work with as he always makes my music better. John

  31. Review by Jeff
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    Adam was a pleasure to work with. He was very good at listening to exactly what I wanted do with my project and had a deep understanding of both mixing and producing. Highly recommend!

  32. Review by Alexus J.
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    Adam is absolutely incredible as usual!

  33. Review by John M.
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    Adam is extremely diverse, agreeable and capable. There are a number of ways in which his contributions would improve your product. John

  34. Review by John M.
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    Adam has a diverse skills set and is a pleasure to work with!

  35. Review by John M.
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    Adam has as good of ear for melody as any producer I have met. I suspect, however, that he does a lot more musically than produce...John

  36. Review by Denzel M.
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    Really great experience!! Adam is just as talented as he is flexible and understanding to work with. Super laid back yet very professional and great at what he does. Really pleased with the results!!

  37. Review by John M.
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    Adam is creative and resourceful - and more germane to what I asked - he gets melody. I would recommend working with him anytime. John

  38. Review by Alexus J.
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    Feeling very blessed to have worked with Adam ✨🙏🏽

  39. Review by Gin
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    Final product sounds awesome! Always great to work with.

  40. Review by Gin
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    Lovely to work with!

  41. Review by Gin
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    Had an awesome session with Adam! So nice to talk to and so great to work with. It really feels like he takes his job seriously. Thanks for the demo!

  42. Review by Elizabeth F.
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    Adam is just exceptionally talented to the point he can almost read your mind; he's that good. He got the sound for what I wanted immediately! Anytime I asked him to tweak something he did it without protest. If you want a hit song he's your man.

  43. Review by Todd C.
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    He kills!

  44. Review by Zach K.
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    Adam is my BOY! Kills it every time. My go to mixer.

  45. Review by Jonathan G.
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    Adam is always great to work with. Great ideas, great producer, takes the time and goes as far as necessary to get the song sounding right. Will be working with him more for sure.

  46. Review by Gin
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    Adam is a very kind person and great at what he does! Would recommend 👍

  47. Review by Zach K.
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    Amazing dude, incredible mixer, and plan to work long term for my full project.

  48. Review by Jonathan G.
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    It pains me to write this, because I neither want Adam getting more popular nor charging more...but he is the best producer on here. Period. There's a lot of talent on SoundBetter but very little that gets to the "radio ready" level...and Adam knows how to take a song that far.

  49. Review by Hans H.
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    Working with Adam was really easy. Definitely on the same pop wavelength with what I wanted to create. I came in with a general layout of what i want the song to be, and he had great input and ideas, but was also willing to compromise. Super happy with what we made, and definitely will work with him again!

  50. Review by Ramon M.
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    Adam was so great to work with. He understands pop music extremely well and provided top-notch production for my song. I hope to work with him again!

  51. Review by Brett
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    I love working with you buddy! I always end up learning so much! <3

  52. Review by Brett
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    Great work, Adam!

  53. Review by Hayden Maringer
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    If you are looking to take your songs to the next level Adam is your guy! His production, writing, and mixing techniques really are above and beyond! Couldn’t recommend him more!

  54. Review by Hayden Maringer
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    If you are looking to take your songs to the next level Adam is your guy! His production, writing, and mixing techniques really are above and beyond! Couldn’t recommend him more!

  55. Review by Hayden Maringer
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    If you are looking to take your songs to the next level Adam is your guy! His production, writing, and mixing techniques really are above and beyond! Couldn’t recommend him more!

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  57. Review by SEVEN BILLION PRODUCTIONS
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    Adam is soo talented! From writing to producing to mixing, he has a great ear for what will work in music. As a co-writer, he comes up with great concepts, hooks & melodies and makes sure the song is relevant, makes sense conceptually and structurally (songwriters know big of a deal this is). As a co-producer, he's very smart, fast and detail oriented, always making sure great sounds are used and the structure has purpose. As a mixer, Adam can make a mix sound great and easy on the ears. There are very few people who know how write a great song, play on it, produce and mix it, but Adam is one.

  58. Review by Lennon Leppert
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    I've been working with Adam for a few years now and he is my first choice for anything from production and session guitar work to songwriting and mixing. He is truly a one stop shop and will make your music sound like it's already on the radio.

  59. Review by Ramon M.
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    I worked on two more songs with Adam which he provided solid production for. He's very talented, has a genuine energy about himself, and is just a pleasure to work with. Hoping our songs see success, and would like to work with him again in the future.

  60. Review by Abe Stewart
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    I have worked with Adam a lot! He's done mixing, production, engineering and even writing for me! Every time its so freaking catchy! It's always turned out beyond legit and totally current!

  61. Review by Blake Bunzel
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    What a great vibe this guys has in the studio! Such a catchy songwriter with those DAMN HOOKS!! Kills it every time!

Interview with Adam Neilson

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

  2. A: I'll work the project until they're totally happy with the outcome.

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

  4. A: Utilize each section of the frequency spectrum. If your track feels empty but you don’t know why, throw a visual EQ up on your master track and see where you’re lacking. Fill that space with an instrument or sound that would fit there. Also, spend the necessary amount of time to really find the right samples and sounds. Don’t just bring in one random kick and one random snare. Try a bunch of diff options, REALLY listen, and pick the best one that fits the track you’re working on.

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

  6. A: A client will either come in with a song already written or one they want help finishing. Once it’s done, we record a vocal over a rough beat or a simple guitar track as a foundation. I then produce a full track around it and we re-record vocals (if necessary). Then mix and master and we’re done!

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

  8. A: My career path was to be a songwriter, but as I got more involved I realized how important production value was when pitching songs. So by default I started producing my own songs and eventually attracted enough ears to hire me to write, produce, and mix for them.

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

  10. A: I mainly write with and produce songs for my clients. I play guitar, piano, and can sing, which is a + when building tracks. I also mix and master all of my stuff.

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

  12. A: Max Martin, Jon Bellion, Jack Antanoff

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

  14. A: I bring coherency and melodic hooks to a song. While it’s important to sound unique, we also want your song to sound like it fits on the same playlists that Billie Eilish, Drake, and Imagine Dragons are on.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Production, writing melodies, and pulling the best out of artists. I want the song to be good and to make sense lyrically, but more importantly I want the artist to sound authentic singing it. It needs to feel “correct” and I do all I can to make sure it does.

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

  18. A: Pop and all derivatives of itself

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

  20. A: Given there was an endless supply of electricity, singers, and artists to record on the island, a MacBook Pro, an Apollo Twin, my Manley Reference Cardioid, my Taylor Acoustic, and lube (to prolong the life of my guitar strings duh!)

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

  22. A: Make sure you're absolutely convinced the provider can deliver exactly what you're looking for. There's nothing worse than paying someone for a job that you're not happy with. Read their bios, listen to samples, and make clear exactly what you’re looking for to have a solid understanding of how your song will generally turnout. That being said, also try to keep an open mind, given this is art and can be interpreted a million diff ways. Many producers on here will make your song sound amazing in their own way.

  23. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  24. A: Digital because that’s how I learned and all of my gear is digital

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

  26. A: I wrote, produced, and mixed Over Atlantic's debut single, "What Do I Gotta Do." It charted on iTunes in the U.K. This is my first charted release :D

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

  28. A: Writing and producing songs for some independent artists, writing a ton for sync placements, and mixing scores for a film composer.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: I work out of home in a guesthouse. I run Pro Tools Ultimate and use a Manley Reference Cardioid mic through a Vintech 573 pre. Instruments: Taylor Acoustic Fender Tele Deluxe Electric Gibson Les Paul Electric Fender Jazz Bass Fender Precision Mark Hoppus Signature Bass Roland Juno 106 Synth Cordoba Ukulele A 1920’s upright piano Various percussion instruments

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

  32. A: When's the soonest I can have it done by. It depends on the type of gig and how much I currently have going on. For a quick mix of a track or recording guitars or vocals, I can usually have that done within two or three days. For a full production or multiple productions, that can sometimes take about a week or so, mainly because I like to sit with full tracks for a couple days to keep an objective ear on the project. When I am confident with the result, I bounce it down and send it.

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

  34. A: That everyday I wake up and am excited to get to work. Also, making my own hours, meeting tons of random and amazing people through sessions, and most people in the creative industry are generally laid back. It's just chill hangs!

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

  36. A: Is this to be released as is or is it a demo to pitch to other artists? If it’s for immediate release, is there a plan for promo?

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

  38. A: The biggest misconception about this job is that people assume you're struggling and have no work because it's a dying industry. Well.. they're right. No but for real, there is a TON of work around and money to be made; you just gotta put yourself out there and constantly strive to better yourself and hone in on your craft to stay ahead of the game and keep it sounding fresh and keep making new connections and run on sentences.

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

  40. A: Mozart because that would mean we figured out time travel.

  41. Q: How would you describe your style?

  42. A: Simply put, my style is pop with a subtle R&B flair here and some trap hats there. I create pretty much anything between bubblegum pop and hop hop tracks. Also, you should know I normally keep things pretty tight to the grid and tuned and timed, so if you're looking for a raw sounding live rock or folk track, I'm probably not your guy.

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

  44. A: A have a couple singer and producer friends on here that I’ve forwarded potential clients to if I think they’re more cutout for the project than I am

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Turn around: 2 days - 2 weeks Revisions: Production: I’m flexible if you’re reasonable :) Mix: 3 ($60/hr for +) Backend: 5 points on productions 50/50 pub split when producing from scratch

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  • Mac mini
  • Manley Reference Cardioid
  • Vintech 573 preamp
  • Vintech 273
  • Taylor Acoustic
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  • Gibson Les Paul
  • Fender Precision Bass
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