I am a producer, mixing engineering, and session drummer based in New York City. I specialize in pop/hybrid productions (pop, dance, hip-hop) and folk music, and I am looking to take your music to the next level.
As a producer I can either take your demo to a finished and polished master, or provide you with tracks/beats for your next project. I work closely with very skilled songwriters in Boston and around the country to come up with ideas for songs. With clients based in Boston, New York, LA, and Nashville; I assure you that distance and communication will not be an issue when working with me.
While I specialize in electronic music (including pop, dance, hip-hop, etc), I also have a great amount of experience with folk music. I have a keen ear for these styles, and I work closely with my artist to create a piece of work that is truly genuine, relevant, and something they can call their own.
As a drummer, I specialize in folk, singer-songwriter, alternative, and country music. I love collaborating with the artist and producer to come up with a drum part that perfectly compliments the vocal. Whether the song calls for a part that is more intricate and creative, or just something simple; I am confident that I will be able to create a solid foundation for your song. If you are unable to get me to your session, I am also able to record drums and send the audio to you.
Thank you for checking out my Soundbetter page, I look forward to working with you.
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Reviews (4)Endorse Harry Burr
Harry is amazing! Amazing sound, very personable and super fun to work with! He met my deadlines and was very accommodating and made my
songs sound better than I ever thought they could. An absolute pleasure and talent!
Harry is not only an exceptional producer, but an exceptional person all around. He is one of the most musical talents I've met, able to visuaize and hear the big picture of your work and then dive into the details that will truly make it shine. And he's a blast to work with- funny, encouraging, intelligent and aways happy. You can't go wrong.
It's quite incredible to work with such a dedicated producer. Harry has a proffessionalism to him that is parallel to his easy going personality. His artistry, motives and ideas set him apart from the average producer, and although he is young, he has quite a future ahead of him.
In both his production and drumming, Harry is technically superb. But what I love about him most, is how musical he is. He makes smart decisions that help the song reach its full potential. Its not about how much he gets to shine in the song, but how much he can make the song shine. He is a true artist and musician, making music that matters.
Interview with Harry Burr
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I currently have three ongoing project
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to create a record that perfectly fits your needs, and accurately represent who you are as an artist.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: -Listen to as much of their music as possible to make sure you like it. -Set up a meeting with them and try get to know them a little better. -Make sure you understand their process as a producer/engineer, and make sure it fits your style, and your goal
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you have a killer song, and a killer vocal performance; all else could fail and you would probably still be okay!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would consider my strongest skill either arrangement or vocal production. I'm aware of what type of arrangement that truly compliments the vocal and fits the vibe/message of the song in the best way possible. While there is room for an involved arrangement in some cases, I never want that to get in the way of the most important parts of the record: the song and the vocals.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My goal isn't necessarily to bring my specific sound to a song, but rather create a record that best represents the artist and their identity. I am able to create a genuine and unique sound that best fits the artist, making sure that their voice and their feeling is conveyed in the best way possible to the listener.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio set up is simple. I use my laptop for the bulk of my production/mixing work. I use either a duet or an 8 channel Scarlett interface for recording several instruments, along with my Adam speakers. When the project calls for it, I have access to multiple wonderful and affordable recording studios in my area.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Some of my biggest inspirations as a producer would include people such as: Pharrell, Dave Cobb, Susan Rogers, Timbaland, Sean Slade (my first Berklee professor), and my music producer/engineer colleagues. From a playing standpoint, Steve Jordan and Aaron Sterling are by far my biggest influences.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How do you view yourself as an artist? What is the song about? What inspired you to write this song? Where do you feel like the song needs to go stylistically? Are you open to new ideas? Are you willing to experiment and try out a few different ideas? If you were to compare yourself to any well-known artist who would it be, and why?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my production style as very involved, but at the same time, very purposeful; I never want a bunch of random parts stepping all over each other. If the artist is okay with it, I like to experiment and push my productions to a place that we might never have thought it would go. I love when something really original comes together and the artist and I are both pleasantly surprised by the result.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work on Pop (electronic and acoustic) music and indie rock/folk. I try my best to bring something original to the track, while making it something that a large audience could appreciate. I think being able to speak the language of the non-musician is extremely important. Ideally, the song has to be able to have an impact on the listener through the whole production with a focus on the the vocal and lyrics. This is something hard to accomplish in pop music because it can be easy to accidentally over-focus on a beat that sounds cool rather than a whole production that sounds true and creates an emotional response.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do for clients is a full production. The artist usually sends me a demo and gives me an idea of where they want the song to go style-wise. I usually put together a few ideas, and perhaps change the form in a way that I think will help the song have more of an impact. If the artist likes an idea, I will finish up the beat or will gather together session players for the live tracking and overdubs. After this is all done, the next step is the vocal. I want to make sure that the lyrics and vocal performance can have as much of an impact as they possibly can. Final adjustments may be made after the final vocals are recorded (this is actually quite common when I make a beat without a vocal topline), and the tracks are sent to be mixed by someone I trust with that style of music.