I am an experienced singer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer who specialises in creating original songs and developing them from the early stages to a complete product ready for release.
I have been writing my own music for 20 years, and recording my own songs for the past 15. In that time I’ve developed a keen sense of what a particular song needs to make it ‘click’. I just love working on an arrangement and balancing each element. I am involved with all stages of production from songwriting to mastering.
I play piano/keyboard, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and some percussion instruments. I am a contralto singer.
My vocal range spans from D3 to C#4 in chest voice, with further range in head voice/falsetto and some pre-whistle and whistle register. I can sing in a range of styles for different popular music genres including rock, folk, and R&B. I can also write and perform rap verses and hooks.
Where I really shine is with my vocal arrangements where I produce a clear and expressive lead vocal, supported by multi-layered backing vocals in three and four part harmony.
Does your project need a lift with some dramatic choir sounds? Or perhaps you need a fresh look at a mix that isn't quite sitting right? Then get me on your track and hear the difference!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Caryl Archer
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Personally, I use digital recording and editing techniques. However, analog sound is still incredibly important to some genres of music, so I certainly would never rule it out!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I want to know the detail of what they are looking for so I can find out how good of a fit I will be for their project.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Some good monitoring headphones with a nice, flat sound. A good condenser microphone. My PC. A piano-size keyboard controller. A good audio interface.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I enjoy borrowing from many musical styles, but at the heart of my work is a clear pop sensibility with catchy vocal melodies.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with independent musician, Andrew Huang, because I admire his 'do everything' approach. He is a singer, rapper, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and audio engineer. It's a dream of mine to work with him one day.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't mix 'with your eyes', but also learn where your ears are lacking and use visual displays to help guide you.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Popular songs in a few subgenres such as electronic pop, folk, R&B, hip hop, and indie alternative.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Seeing the big picture of where a song needs to go.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My unique approach to sound design that grew from my self-taught background.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is simple and minimal, but I have everything I need to create good tracks. I use a Samson C01 Studio Condenser mic, Sennheiser e840 handheld dynamic mic, Alesis Multimix8 mixing desk that I use as an audio interface, Sennheiser HD380 monitoring headphones, and a HP Pavilion PC with Windows 10.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide songwriting and vocal performance to go on the top of beats, as well as developing a beat or loop into a complete song. In other cases I produce the music myself from scratch for another vocalist to hop on and write on top of.