Top release: 'Light My Cigar Please' by Emiljo AC Feat. Sinéad McCarthy & Pinta on Low Temp Records with almost one million streams on Spotify. I specialize in top-line writing for pop, electronic, rock, R&B, country and folk music. If you're looking for a professional sound and a quick turn around, I'm your lady.
Why hello there! I have over 15 years of experience performing and toplining for various projects. I enjoy singing and writing for a wide variety of genres, from electronic, to folk, to pop, or traditional.
My services include:
- Original melody and lyrics
- Vocal recording for songs you have already written and need a vocalist for
- Vocal production - pitch correction and mixing
Example track song info:
'Follow You' is an acoustic version of a house track that I wrote the vocals for. Ian Collins did the instrumental, mixing and mastering and I provided the lyrics and vocal.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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Interview with Sinéad McCarthy
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I loved working with Emiljo AC of Low Temp Records. We live thousands of miles apart yet were able to come together to make a banger.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on a solo album that I will write, perform, mix and master. I'm also learning how to DJ.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Anyone from the #plumsquad
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! I love the analogue sound, but personally only have access to digital at the moment. I always add analogue saturation to each part of the song to bring that warmth back in.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To get a finished product that they feel proud to share with the world.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love getting to express myself, be creative, create beauty and inspire others.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When can you have it done by? My answer: Whenever you need it by!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's "easy". People don't realize the time it takes to create music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How many revisions they would like, the direction/vibe of the song they're looking for and when the deadline in.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let me know the vibe you are going for with any particular song. I want to share your vision and bring it to reality in a way never imagined before.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My microphone, midi controller, high end mixing headphones and a laptop.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I went to college for performing arts and performed in some off Broadway productions while simultaneously doing session singing work. I have been working with music in some capacity for over 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I describe my style as soulful, infectious, haunting and goose bump inducing.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Disclosure as I have followed their production tutorials and found them to be so informative, plus they seem like genuinely nice lads.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Finish your projects even if you "don't like them". It is so important to finish songs and then move on.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Drum and bass, house, electronic, folk, traditional.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Finding a melody and crafting an infectious hook.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Lyrics that really make you think. Instead of writing about finding love at the club, I like to write lyrics that ask a question, take the listener on a journey, and inspire them.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to listen to the instrumental and sing gibberish to the melodies that I hear first. Then once I get a groove going, I start to compose the lyrics along with the gibberish melody I've come up with. I then record, re arrange and re write, if necessary. I often will do double tracking on choruses and love doing 4 part harmonies when appropriate. I then send it out to the producer to see if they like the direction that it is going.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a Blue Baby Bottle condenser mic, a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface, Sonarworks Reference, KRK Rockit 5 studio monitors, acoustic panels, LogicProX as my DAW and various plug ins such as Fabfilter, Waves, Melodyne, and AutoTune Pro/EFX.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Disclosure, MJ Cole, Neon Vines,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Topline melodies, harmonies and vocals.