A true one-stop shop of musical creativity, authenticity, and versatility.
I've had the great fortune of working with a myriad of artists and musicians in a professional capacity for over 15 years. I've worked with multiple Grammy, CMA, and Dove Award-winning and nominated artists as a multi-instrumentalist (drums, percussion, piano, keyboards, bass, acoustic & electric guitars), vocalist, producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter, bandleader, and arranger, including Richard Marx, Ryan Bingham, Chely Wright, Jars Of Clay, Dave Barnes, Ben Rector, and many others. I have also have an extensive background in creating original music for film, TV, and advertisements, with placements for CBS Sports, Vimeo, Michelin, Tempur-Pedic, Purity Organic, Kajabi, and many more.
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Dustin Ransom is a VERY talented multi-instrumentalist and producer. It was a joy working with him. He brought great ideas and suggestions, and delivered what he said he was going to deliver, when he said. Exactly what I was hoping for. I look forward to working with Dustin on future projects.
Interview with Dustin Ransom
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was classically and jazz-trained on piano for nearly 20 years (and have played for a total of 31 years), was trained on drums and percussion (and have a bachelor's degree in these!), picked up guitar and bass when I was around 12 or 13, and am also a trained vocalist (I've taken a LOT of music lessons in my life.) I started learning production, engineering, mixing, and film scoring while I was in college, and do all of these things on a regular basis. I also taught myself how to transcribe music on multiple instruments, and did hundreds of transcriptions throughout junior high, high school, and college which led to professional opportunities with Mel Bay, Vic Firth, and Modern Drummer. This also lead to many arranging opportunities for recording sessions. I've been a professional musician since 2005, and am eternally grateful that I get to do what I do for a living
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too many to list here! My favorite artists of all time are The Beatles, U2, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Sigur Ros, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Police, Sting, Elvis Presley, Elton John, & Radiohead. Producers who have inspired me the most are George Martin, Quincy Jones, & Nigel Godrich. Engineers and mixers who have inspired me the most are Bruce Swedien, Manny Marroquin, Tony Maserati, Steve Lillywhite, Michael Brauer, Geoff Emerick, & Dave Pensado.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Deep groove and feel, mature, emotionally vibrant, sexy, sometimes humorous, tasteful, full of excellent musicianship and creative intention.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Paul McCartney, because Paul McCartney.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The best thing any producer can do for an artist is give them the safety & freedom to be themselves and do what they do best, and to act as a benevolent guide along the way.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer-songwriter, r&b/soul, funk, folk, indie-pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The ability to combine the playing, producing, engineering, and mixing into one seamless process, and to bring vulnerability and emotional intelligence to the process. This isn't just about making music - the music is an entryway into something deep inside ourselves, and I love to help facilitate and experience that with an artist.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Groove, superb musicianship, heartfelt emotion, sex appeal, and a little humor.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It changes for every situation!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a 16-channel setup with two daisy-chained UAD Apollo Quads, a juiced up 2018 Mac Mini, CAPI & Neve preamps, an AEA R88, AKG 414 BXLS, AKG D112, 57s & other assorted mics.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I often get asked to do "one-stop shop" production projects, where the artist wants me to play 60-100% of the instruments on a song or a record and mix it as well. I also compose and record a ton of music for licensing.