Chris Commisso

80s Synth, Vintage Keys, Funky

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Synth/Key player laying down those vintage 70s / 80s / 90s sounds

I create custom synth/keyboard parts with that authentic vintage sound & style for Pop, RnB, Soul, New Wave, Yacht Rock, Disco, Hip Hop & filthy FUNK

80s artists I vibe off:
Prince, Scritti Politti, Harold Faltermeyer, Klymaxx, Ray Parker Jr, Thomas Dolby, George Michael, Morris Day & The Time, Pet Shop Boys, Culture Club, Janet Jackson, DeBarge, Oingo Boingo, Al B Sure, Zapp, Cameo, The Pointer Sisters, The System, Phil Collins, The Human League, Wham, Howard Jones, Billy Ocean, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Michael Jackson, Wa Wa Nee, Stevie Wonder, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Alexander O'Neal, Chuckii Booker

80s movie soundtracks I vibe off:
Beverly Hills Cop, Howard the Duck, Fright Night, Ghostbusters, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, Who's That Girl, Big Trouble in Little China, Breakin, Weird Science, The Goonies, Better Off Dead, Fletch, The Golden Child

Modern artists I vibe off:
Charlie Puth, Bruno Mars, Magdalena Bay, Dayglow, Lewis Cole, Owl City

I look forward to working with you

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Languages

  • English

76 Reviews - 22 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jeremy Arnold
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    Amazing work !

  2. Review by Dominic K.
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    Great input and no delay!

  3. Review by Ossée!
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    Chris is by far my favorite keyboard player to work with. The results are always 10/10!

  4. Review by Jasper W.
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    Killer work on the song, was able to provide my vision and more.

  5. Review by Destiny Imani
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    As always, Chris delivered! Pleasure working with you again!

  6. Review by Destiny Imani Music
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    I have worked with Chris on two different projects now, and he does not disappoint. He is an awesome musician and producer as well as a great communicator. If you're looking for something funky then Chris is your guy!

  7. Review by Michael N.
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    Excellent synth sensibility and great communication to get the job done!

  8. Review by Eric C.
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    Chris did a great job on this track really giving us the personality and performance of Prince which is what we needed for this track!

  9. Review by Destiny Imani Music
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    Chris is amazing! Overall I was very pleased with his musicianship and communication throughout the entire process. He really helped bring my song to life, and I hope to work with him again in the near future!

  10. Review by Randy H.
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    This was my first project with Chris and it was excellent. He has a great voice that he records well and delivered tracks mix ready. A total pro. Highly recommended!

  11. Review by Kate A.
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    Chris is amazingly talented, easy to work with, and perfect in every way! I will absolutely be doing business with him again. This is my third time, I think, and I am THRILLED with the results! Thank you, Chris!

  12. Review by Joren M.
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    Working with Chris on the synths for our new song was an absolute game-changer. His delivery was not just very fast; it was transformative, bringing a level of depth and emotion to the track that truly set it apart. The synths sound absolutely amazing, thanks to Chris's ear for detail and his exceptional skill in creating sounds that resonate.

    If you're looking for someone to add a unique and powerful element to your music, Chris is your go-to. His work speaks for itself.

  13. Review by Tim
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    Chris did a fantastic job!!!

  14. Review by Jonathan L.
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    Chris is always a pleasure to work with! He is consistent and always captures the vibe of every song that I’ve worked with him on. He’s my go-to!

  15. Review by Jonathan L.
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    I’ve worked with Chris on several original compositions! He is one of those producers/musicians that just get what your song needs without really having to explain much! His ear is that good! He’s a 10/10 and I will continue working with him on future collaboration:)

  16. Review by Arjan S.
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    Chris was super dope to work with, turn around very quick and not only did he give what I needed but he also added his own much needed creativity! Real talented brother, highly recommend him if you're feeling that soulful/funk stuff!!

  17. Review by Ossée!
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    Chris is an absolute master! Not only can he play amazing synth/key parts, but he also has the ear to know exactly what the song needs. He executes this in a way that truly elevates your songs! A solid 10/10—I'm eagerly looking forward to working with him again!

  18. Review by Sila
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    Chris brought his A-game to the keys on my song “Try Again,” elevating the track with his creative ideas and skilled musicianship. As on our previous collaboration, he was responsive to suggestions while also contributing his own thoughtful input. The funky rhythms and melodies he added give the song a professional yet fun vibe. Chris is simply a joy to work with - his positive attitude and openness to my vision made the recording process smooth and enjoyable.

  19. Review by Al
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    Chris always does an amazing job for a great price too. He is the best!

  20. Review by Sila
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    Chris brought funky, soulful energy to the keyboards on "Feel Good." With one take, he laid down grooving keys that made the track danceable and fun. His smooth, natural playing found melodic gems that accent the instrumentation. Chris nailed the parts and gave "Feel Good" a vibrant, lively keyboard sound. His quick musical ideas hugely enhanced the upbeat vibe I wanted. I enthusiastically recommend Chris for his versatile, vibrant keyboard playing that livens up any track.

Interview with Chris Commisso

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I'm most proud of my original music. It's one thing to cover a song, but when you write your own material and it comes out sounding somewhat like what you envisioned at the jump, that's a thrill and very rewarding.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm currently recording lots of original music that I drop on Spotify regularly!

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I don't know any personally, however there are so many talented people on here it's scary. Def do your research, cause whatever it is you need done, there's a pro here who can handle the job.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: I love building tracks & creating music! Making something from nothing is pure fun.

  9. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  10. A: That as producers we just throw a bunch of loops together & instantly have a song. There is soooooooo much that goes into creating a great track. It doesn't always have to be a difficult procedure of course, but a lot more thought & care goes into producing a song than most people would ever know.

  11. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  12. A: That I will work my hardest to make sure their vision is realized. I'll work quickly & as a team player who's there to support them & help them create the music that excites their soul.

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: Make sure whoever you hire is the right fit for your music. Listen to their song samples...do you like what you hear? Is it similar to the style of music you're creating? In my case, my playing style is very vintage 80s, so if you want that type of vibe on your track then I'm your guy.

  15. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  16. A: Ensoniq VFX synth, Linn Drum machine, Fairlight CMI, Shure SM7B mic & a sweet sounding acoustic guitar.

  17. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  18. A: I was on stage at age 6 singing in my parents family band. Music has always been my life.

  19. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  20. A: I have a few...Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis would be amazing! Their 80s albums with Janet Jackson, Alexander O' Neal & so many others is pure magic. If the Pointer Sisters were still around, I would have loved to work with them. They had some fun & funky dance tracks I can't get enough of. And finally Finneas. Even though our styles are wildly different, I think he's an incredible innovator & songwriter. Sitting in the studio & vibing with that guy would surely bring forth some crazy cool inventions.

  21. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  22. A: Less is more. It's very tempting to go crazy & layer ten thousand things when creating your masterpiece, but every track you record can potentially steal from another. Too many ingredients mess things up. Find the key ingredients that really make the song work, then mix them together until they pop & punch! Meat & potatoes baby....meat & potatoes.

  23. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  24. A: 80s sounding pop, funk, RnB & soul

  25. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  26. A: I have a strong sense of melody & can create musical parts to fit a song quickly.

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: I run everything through Reason 12, Yamaha HS8 monitors, Akai MPK controller boards, Arturia synth plugins, Roland cloud plugins among many others & a Korg Prologue analogue synth to round things out.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Writing catchy hooks

  31. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  32. A: Analog! Luv those 70s / 80s vibes.

  33. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  34. A: How do I get my song to sound exactly like (insert favorite artist)? My answer is this...we all have inspirations & artists that greatly influence us. That's inevitable. But I feel it's a mistake to want to sound exactly like your favorite artist. If you do then you're now just a clone. You need to bring YOU into the music. What do you bring that no one else can? That's where the magic is, because there's only one you.

  35. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  36. A: I usually ask them for reference tracks...what songs out there have the vibes you want on your track? This gives me a solid idea what direction they're going for stylistically.

  37. Q: How would you describe your style?

  38. A: Fun, funky, groovy & gorgeous

  39. Q: What's your typical work process?

  40. A: When a client comes to me with a song, I listen very carefully for what's missing...what isn't there yet that I can add & that will compliment the track.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Prince is my main inspiration! I love his catalogue of music & am constantly inspired by it. Jam & Lewis, Thomas Dolby, the list is endless.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Vintage 80s synth / keyboard parts, producing tracks

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For synth/key parts I provide multiple performances & sounds so you have options to choose from. Turn-around time is (on average) 2 to 4 days.

GenresSounds Like
  • George Michael
  • Michael Jackson
  • Prince
Gear Highlights
  • Reason 12
  • Korg Prologue
  • Yamaha DX7
  • Arturia V plugins
  • Roland cloud
  • Yamaha Motif
  • Akai mpc Key 61
  • Korg Poly 61
  • Moog minimoog
  • Prophet 5
  • Shure SM7B
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