I am an innovative storyteller with a talent of listening to the artist's opinion and desires in a song. I will write you a song that will attract the listeners you want and help you sing comfortably within your range.
My name is Ricky Allson, I am a cisgendered gay male with the pronouns he/him/his. I have dedicated my professional life to music, teaching music in public schools for 8 years. I have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters in Music and Music Education. I have been writing songs and poems for most of my life, and am a music artist/musician myself, with the ability to play saxophone if you want it! I am also accustomed to using Logic Pro X.
My experience in these music fields have given me the ability to truly listen to what people want in their songs. I will work with you to make sure your song gives you the chills down your spine that you desire. I look forward to working with you!
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Interview with Ricky Allson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My proudest moment thus far is a song I wrote with a client that fuses Brazilian funk with American Pop. It's a bop for sure. Because of its women empowerment vibes, we took inspiration from a lot of unique places, like taking motif ideas from a well known classical composer, Clara Schumann.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: In addition to working on songs for my first EP, I am writing and coproducing songs for a client that has a Pop/Latin/Brazilian vibe. So much fun!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It's where I am comfortable and familiar. Point blank.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to LISTEN to your needs. Everyone has their own work flow, as do I, but I am great at hearing what you really want out of my work, and I will make sure you get the quality work you desire.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Does anyone else get chills when you hear yourself through the headphones? Ooooh it gives me all the good goosebumps. It also brings me a crazy amount of joy when the work flow kicks in and the idea works and we run with it! Such a good adrenaline high.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Most common is a running conversation to ensure the lyrics match exactly what the customer is looking for.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I can write a full song for you, but if you are looking for someone to mix and master, I am not the one! Those skill sets I am still working on. However, I can easily set up the rest for you.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What songs/artists inspired you? What is your style/genre? What is your work process and how do you want to be involved? What is your deadline?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be upfront with what you're looking for, and don't be afraid to be picky! Your song is your baby, and I'd be happy to work on it with you if you feel we are a fit.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Piano, Bari Sax, Ukulele, Cajon, and an egg shaker!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Music has always been a part of my career. I knew I always had a knack for writing songs and that I wanted to share my love of music with others. I focused on the latter by becoming a music teacher first. I have taught middle school band for 5 years and currently teach elementary music. I have been writing songs of my own for about 3 years now, and have worked collaboratively with artists writing songs and singing for about 2 years now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: For performance and voice: pop, chill. But I can hit those power notes too. I gotchu! Lyrics and Songwriting: Storyteller vibes in subtle ways. I like fusing genres into the pop world.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dua Lipa for sure. Her voice range and bass overtones get me all excited!!!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When collaborating, stay true to your vision, but be willing to let your collaborator expand your vision to bring it to full reality. Don't be afraid to speak up!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My focus is in pop, but I have also worked in the EDM world.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I sit well in the realm of pop vocals and lyrics, but I also have a good background in theory and instrumentation so I am able to take my background as a band conductor and musician to enhance the production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am adamant on making sure lyrics, melody and instrumentation are created with exact intention. I will not create a melody "just because it sounds good." Each pitch and word choice will have meaning connected and intertwined with the story of the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually start with the words and work with a few chords on the piano, but each song has its own path to me. If it the song has a rhythmic drive as its focus then that is what I will begin with.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have your typical home studio set up: vocal mic, keyboard, audio interface hooked up to Logic Pro X.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm obsessed with Mark Ronson and Ryan Tedder's abilities. Others include Madge, and I have recently been following Gian Stone.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is writing lyrics and top lines. I'm known for taking someone's vision and laying it out well to tell the story desired in a song.