My name is Steve Turner, a string arranger and composer based in London. I write beautiful, emotive strings for clients ranging from unsigned singer-songwriters to international artists. I regularly compose arrangements for films, documentaries and adverts. I put my heart and soul into every production and work closely with every client.
For the last twenty years I've been a session musician, touring and recording with many UK and international artists: from Luther Vandross and Michael Jackson to Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Although my career has mostly been in the pop domain I was classically trained on piano and violin.
When, about 15 years ago, I was asked to write a string section arrangement I found it came naturally to me and was incredibly rewarding. With a head for both pop and classical I was able to achieve a uniquely fresh sound.
I make my compositions a vibrant part of the track, innovative, contemporary and distinctive yet unobtrusive. I achieve this with melodic counterpoint and distinctive harmony to make the strings sing out whilst sitting comfortably in the mix.
I've arranged for styles ranging from pop and soul, R&B and gospel to country and folk, urban and rock, even african. Stylistically versatile, I've written for films, animations, TV, advertising and commercial music media.
The whole job can be completed online using mp3 for demos, pdf for finished parts and Aiff or WAV for audio. There'll be plenty of opportunity for you to tailor the arrangement until you're completely happy.
If your budget is restricted I'm also a skilled keyboard player and using samples, recorded part-by-part with human emotion, amazingly realistic results can be achieved.
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Great arranger. Great professional!
Great working with steve, did everything i asked for amd wanted, even redone one of his strings as I made a mistake in mine, great touch
Steve was great to work with and is definitely great at what he does. I would 100% recommend him if you are looking for someone to compose a piece of music for your work. Very professional in regards of the communication and work produced.
Thank you so very much, Steve! Your craftsmanship in orchestral arranging is superb! The detail and authenticity that you provide are exceedingly noteworthy, to say the least. Thank you for providing a very beautiful string arrangement to my song! I'm already spreading the word about your craft and professionalism. EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE!!!
Interview with StringArranger
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1. Review of clients track 2. Prepare short demo 3. Complete the track with regular input from client and send completed demo 4. Either arrange a live recording or program the strings using samples
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Spine-tingling emotion and sparkle
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A synergy of classical elegance and contemporary harmonies
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Jocelyn Brown's album 'True Praises' is one of my personal favourites. Clannad's Nádúr comes a close second.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Composing beautiful, emotive string arrangements
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mac and Logic. Adam AX7 monitors. Various string libraries (ever evolving!) running on Konatkt
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started as a keyboard player on the session and touring circuit. Sidelined in writing and production, initially through remixing with Uno Clio and LFA in the glorious late 90s when records sold in the millions
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Distinctive melodic counterpoint and lush harmonies
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've arranged for styles ranging from pop and soul, R&B and gospel to country and folk, urban and rock, even african. Stylistically versatile!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Real players are worth the extra expense if you can run to it. I have various solutions for tight budgets including very realistic VST sample programming.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: - What’s your track duration? - Will you be wanting live strings or samples? - Have you decided on a section size/ number of players? - Can you send me some references that embody your vision for the arrangements? - Can you send a good demo for the purposes of delivering a more accurate quote?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Although I can transcribe an existing arrangement my real skill (the one that I focus on) lies in composing original arrangements.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The massive musical reward of putting the ‘fairy dust’ on a beautiful song.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I work tirelessly to ensure I’ve realised (and often exceeded) my client’s musical vision for their song.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q. How many players do I need? A. It’s all dependent on the style and feel of the track; Quartet for that bony intimate sound, 13 - 26 piece for a lush envelope. Q. How long is the process? A. Usually a day to compose an arrangement and maybe half a day for tweaks after discussion with the client. Q. Can you fix the orchestra and studio? A. Yes, although I usually require the studio and orchestra to invoice the client (you) directly. I’ll liaise all the way through to ensure everything’s musically satisfactory for the session. Q. Will you attend the session? A. Yes, if the studio is in, or not too far from London. Depending on the amount of tracks there is sometimes a fee for this. Otherwise, I supervise the session by remote audio link unless the client wishes to pay my travel and time to attend.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I draw influence from so many sources; From classic 1950s Hollywood scores and Bollywood soundtracks to the classical Grand Masters such as Beethoven and J.S. Bach
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently 2 beautiful ballads for two clients. Just finished a big commission for DJ Alison Wonderland.