My name is Steve Turner, a string arranger and composer for commercial music, based in London.
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 come 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.
Send me a note through the contact button above.
Interview with StringArranger
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: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Real strings is worth the extra expense if you can run to it
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 in the glorious late 90s when records still sold by the truck-load!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A synergy of classical elegance and contemporary harmonies
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All genres. Plenty of gospel and pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Melodic counterpoint and lush harmonies
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Spine-tingling emotion and sparkle
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: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mac and Logic. Adam AX7 monitors. Various string libraries running on Konatkt
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Composing beautiful string arrangements