Sylvester Onyejiaka

Producer, Arranger, Woodwinds

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My name is Sylvester. I played with Prince for 2 years. I've also worked with Taylor Swift, Chaka Kahn, Stevie Wonder, Demi Lovato, Gladys Knight, Quantic, and many others. I specialize in woodwinds (Bari & tenor sax, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet), arrange for horns, strings, orchestra, and produce hiphop, r&b, jazz, & chamber/orchestral music.

I've conducted, written, and arranged for 40 piece hip hop orchestras, as well as horn sections and string quartets for anything ranging from pop, funk, and dance music, to singer songwriter and jazz. Under my own project, Sly5thave, I have released all of my own productions showcasing a variety of different styles.

Services:
Horn Performance: Can read music, play by ear, or provide an improvised solo. I use an Apollo Twin interface and Earthworks SV33 Condenser Mic. All clients will received separated stems in preferred file format.

Arrangement/Writing: I create arrangements unique to your song for horns, strings, and full orchestra in a variety of styles and configurations--depending on what your vision is. Sheet music can be provided as well for an additional fee.

Production: Together, we'll make sure your song is complete and ready for recording. Then we'll collaborate on ideas for arrangement and I'll write and perform the parts to track (Pro Tools). Finally, we'll make edits to the recording until we're happy with the final product, and I'll prep the session for mix. If you need help finding mixing and mastering engineers, or are unsure how to ready your song for distribution I can help.

Please note that production work will be accompanied by a fair royalty split.

Music is my passion--I love collaborating to bring ideas to life!!!

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Sly5thAve
  • Quantic
  • Jungle
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  • The Clubcasa Chamber Orchestra
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  • Jesse Fischer
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  • Sene
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  • Chad Lb Virtual Big Band
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8 Reviews

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  1. Review by WILLIAM J.
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    Sylvester is a highly gifted musician and producer. I sent him a reference track with horns that needed to be re-played and within 24 hours he sent me back a full horn/wind section that was not only perfectly played, but also - really well mixed and produced. The ability to perform the parts, improvise new parts would have been plenty. But Sylvester was also able to produce his own parts so that they would fit right in with the other elements of the song. This made life so much easier. I highly recommend!

  2. Review by Defski
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    I knew Sylvester Onyejiaka's work very well but I was impressed first of all by his availability, regarding his professionalism everything I expected was confirmed, if you are looking for a multifaceted musician/producer who will provide you with quality and creativity don't hesitate.

  3. Review by Chris Stath
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    Sly is top class. Respected, well rounded, and one of the most humble. It is a pleasure and an honor to work on tunes with him. NYC hardened and well traveled, interesting and dynamic musical decision making, and a great dude !

  4. Review by Steven Brezet
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    Sly is an incredible person and genius musician. I had the honour to work with him in my new production. Sly really adds a lot of flavour and musicality to the songs. His knowledge, feel and open mindset makes him one of my favorite musicians / producers at the moment.

  5. Review by Jonathan “Numonics” Rosenfeld
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    Sly is an incredible talent, with extreme proficiency in arrangement and production. While known as a world class musician on the horns, he shows equivalent prowess with woodwinds.

    I have worked with Sly on a variety of projects. Custom cues for sync licensing, co-producing instrumentals for hip hop and funk legends, and arranging lush horn and woodwind sections. Every project that I bring to his table, he finds a solution for.

  6. Review by JSWISS
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    What I love about working Sylvester is that only his genius as a musician apparent, and his production dynamic, but he also has a great feel for crafting music that just has an infectious raw energy. It’s a pleasure working with him because he always has ideas to bounce off of my own that take the music to the next level with each draft. It’s a fun process with him and I can trust that if I bring it on my end, something special is going to result from it.

  7. Review by Benjamin Julia
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    A genius composer , arranger, and musician! An innovator in the tradition of American music and recorded music in general. He is a pleasure to collaborate with due to his open minded approach to writing music and the production process as well as his melodic mastery and understanding or harmony.

  8. Review by Denitia
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    Sylvester is an incredible musician and producer. I've worked with him on several projects over the years and every time, his musicianship blows me away. His arrangements are amazing and everything he brings to the sax, clarinet, and flute is just gorgeous. Super professional and musically on point. Definitely recommend!

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I was the Producer/Arranger/Keyboardist/Saxophonist in this production

Terms Of Service

Arrangements - 2 week turnaround time. 2 revisions. Additional $50/each Horn Work (clarinets, flutes, saxes) - 1-7 day turnaround time depending on scheduling Production work -- Case by case basis.

GenresSounds Like
  • Denitia & Sene
  • Marlon Craft
  • Quincy Jones
Gear Highlights
  • baritone saxophone
  • tenor saxophone
  • flute
  • clarinet
  • bass clarinet
  • Roland tr-08
  • moog minotaur
  • yamaha dx7
  • Apollo Twin X
  • Earthworks SV33 Condenser Microphone
  • Baby Grand Piano
  • Nord Electro
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