Multi-genre vocalist and composer/arranger specializing in pop, rock, theatre and classical genre.
I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where I studied Classical Composition, Contemporary Writing & Production and minored in Conducting as a Piano-Voice principle. I am also the front man of an alt-rock band where I write, arrange and perform rock music with a base of hard rock, metal and punk rock built up with many other genre of music here in NYC. Before all of that, I began my musical career as a classical pianist, clarinetist and classically trained baritone tenor where I performed in The Bahamas and the US as a solo act and in various ensemble. I've written for everything from a singer-songwriter on guitar to orchestral choir to big band...to film. I've also released music as a solo pop rock artist, with my band and as a songwriter/arranger/producer for several contemporary artists.
Ah... That's quite a lot in one jumbled paragraph, but I really just like creating music. And I put my very own touch on any project presented to me. I've been at it for years, and I'm simultaneously preparing for grad school as well as a big LP release. Anything I work on, I absorb and grow. My influences are wide, and I'm excited about working with others because I believe everybody can be creative in some way shape or form. And the real brag is that I'm very good at bringing that creativity out. You'd be surprised what we can do together. :)
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Interview with Noshi
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I spend a lot of time discussing with my clients, getting to know them, their interests and their vision. This involves learning things about their vision/direction for the project, learning about their inspirations and just fully immersing myself into the role as a sort of support to the overall project. During this time, I do a lot of sketching, conceptualizing, recordings, writing and just playing a lot of music before pitching ideas in words. Depending on time and requirements, I would create short demos of the ideas before moving forward. Then, I usually sketch and score everything because it gives me a deeper understanding of what we're working on and what I'm about to do. After scoring is done, I move forward with live recording and/or sequencing. After that is done, I do some quick production before sending the first draft. After some feedback, I make adjustments and send another draft to get some final edits in. And during this time, I begin listening to similar projects produced in film or streaming radio to compare the industry standard for what we want to do with the project. I continuously make adjustments, if need be. After this, I work on a bit of mastering, package everything and send the completed project to the client. This whole process may have more or less things involved depending on time, budget and overall requirements. For example, a live recording may require me leading a band rehearsal beforehand, or sequencing may require more time if it is a full orchestra with a theremin versus a piano and strings.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I actually have several studio setups depending on the requirements of my project. Primarily, at home, it's just me, my piano and synths, a scarlet 2i2, macbook pro, SM7B, SM58, Logic Pro X and a ton of plugins and libraries from all over. Really, with each project, I either purchase or upgrade my equipment. So, this is all ever-changing. And as for my earlier comment about there being other setups, I have a larger studio with a live recording set up for a rock band, access to a production studio and so on considering the options of my musical network.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Originally, the answer to this question was pages long because I just have so many influences from songwriting to mixing and mastering. But if I really were to compress everything, here are some artists I enjoy, the abridged version: Queen, L'arc en Ciel, Beyonce, Serpentwithfeet, Kendric Lamar, Björk, Bahamen (Junkanoo Album), Buika of Spain, Mina of Italy, Sondheim, Dillenger Escape Plan, Nirvana, Yoko Kanno, System of a Down, Big Bang of South Korea, Nicki Minaj, Debussy, Ravel, Aretha Franklyn and Stevie Wonder. Ok ok. I'll stop there! Utada Hikaru. Okay, I'm done.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly, I'm writing for film. It's certainly not what I expected, my mix of genre and specialized instruments (vocals, strings, percussion), my multicultural experiences and just the fact that any type of music I write has a splash of impressionism in it brought me here. I'm not mad about it, but it would also be nice to flex my other skills with contemporary artists just a bit more.