Valerie is a pro singer and songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer who records remotely, or in-person in NYC.
I've been singing and performing since I was 5 years old. A bit later, I started writing and playing guitar, and for over 10 years, I've been writing and performing with my electro alt-pop band. I have written, played, sung and produced for genres across the board - from folk to electronic, reggae and ska to trip-hop, rock to children's music.
I'm an extremely dedicated and fast worker. For example, for a top line (melody, lyrics and recording), I can turn around the song within a day. I have a home studio with great gear that I have access to 24/7.
Most importantly, I love making music, and I make sure whatever I put out there is awesome.
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Interview with Valerie Orth
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A journal, guitar, Ableton on an infinitely-powered laptop, Ableton Push, and midi keyboard.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been singing my entire life, though became a recording artist for the first time in 2007. Since then, I've been recording, writing songs and touring. I started producing with Pro Tools in 2012, and since then have moved to beatmaking in Ableton.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is unique and genuine, often a blend of electronic and alternative pop, but I can write and record pretty much any style at this point!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was the top line write for this electro rock album (http://alibi.sourceaudio.com/#!explorer?b=3327572) where I wrote and recorded 12 songs in 2 months.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on 2 full albums for a music library based on electro stomp style. I'm also co-producing and mixing my next EP (for my own artist project)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Michael Inge is an incredible soul singer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Mostly digital, usually because of the style I write.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will only make great music for you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to make music all day and sing!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy - because I'm fast.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make space for each instrument so the listener knows what to focus on.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic now, but have a long history of playing acoustic music as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to work fast and focused.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of a home studio. When producing, I work in Ableton. When top-lining only or comping vocals, I often work in Logic Pro. I record live guitar (acoustic and electric) and vocals from my home studio as well.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I recently saw Radiohead for the 3rd time - it's hard not to be inspired by them!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do for clients is top line writing for many genres, including electro pop, chill, anthemic stomp/clap, and electro rock.