Il Divo, Groban and Hugh Jackman are my sound. I'm an'Arts Ed London' Grad. Played leading roles in London's west end like, Jersey Boys and Fiddler on the Roof. I achieved my grade 8 classical singing at 18. I've appeared on Royal Variety and BBC Children in Need. I record and mix my vocals at my home studio.
If you're looking for a Groban/Il Divo/Jackman sound, you've found it. Michael provides top-level vocals from his London based recording studio. His studio is equipped with a 'Slate Digital ML-1' condenser and 'Shure BETA 58A' Dynamic and hundreds of plug-ins to make sure he delivers the flavors you're looking for.
In 2007 Michael graduated from 'Arts Educational Schools London' with a BA Hons Degree. Michael has played many lead roles in London's West End and more currently touring the world with UK Beatbox/A Cappella group, The Magnets. Available for hire to record lead vocals and/or harmonies.
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Interview with Michael Conway
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The biggest highlight of mine has to be playing Frankie Valli in the west end of London. My first performance was on my mum's birthday, Unfortunately she passed 5 months earlier. It was tough but also very special.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the minute I'm working on my next A Cappella project with my college students. Which I'll be teaching (electronically via zoom and Sibelius), then record and mix myself. Also work on their Musical Theatre video singing reels.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: If you're looking for a 'Buble/Sinatra' crooner! Look no further, my amazingly talented friend, Andrew Delong. He's the real deal guys! Check him out!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I use digital. You can get everything you need on these small devices. For me, regarding studio space, its very handy indeed. In the future it would be great to play around with some analog gear. The depth of sound is meant to be amazing!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is ALWAYS precision, quality and communication. .
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love connecting and collaborating. Discovering so much talent week in, week to is like food to the soul.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Most people ask if I sing any other styles. I've had my fair share of different style gigs. Versatility it the key. I also get asked if play any instruments, yes, I play piano, a bit of guitar and I can also beatbox quite well too :-)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think some people don't understand that this is a job that isn't always fun. It's hard to keep afloat. Especially as I have 3 children and wife to support. I've been asked on many occasions, "What do you do for a real job?" Baffles me.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I'd usually just find what sort of feel we're heading towards. Just so we're on the same page, emotionally. Which other singer do they hear singing it, for reference. Then the obvious, how long we have to turn it around, if we need backing vocals etc etc.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always be assertive in what you want. If something doesn't sound right, let us know, we're happy to do what we can to make the best quality product, to suit your needs.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would take my MacBook (with case, full of chocolate) , interface, Slate Digital ML-1 mic, RC -202 Loop Station, and earphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a member of youth theatre groups since I was 11 years old, committing to 3 musicals each year. Then moved from Wales to London in 2004 to obtain my BA Hons Degree in Musical Theatre. Left the college slightly earlier to appear, as a principle role in London's west end's 'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF'. Then toured for a year with the world premier of the 80's hit, 'FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL'. Then I was in JERSEY BOYS for 3 years at The Prince Edward Theatre, Leicester Sq. Since 2013 I've been touting with ' The Magnets' , and 'The 4Tunes' all over the globe. So, I've been doing this for 24 years, but professionally 14 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Strong and Dynamic.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Clark Beckham!! I'm just in awe of his vocal ability. Athletically impressive. To sing with this guy would be petrifying but an amazing experience none the less.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When recording, always record with no effects! Then add the trimmings.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on ballads. Soft or Powerful.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a powerful, strong tenor, vocal quality. Hitting those 'money notes' always gets me going. But, in contrast my 'counter tenor falsetto' has always caught peoples attention. Playing Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in the 'West End' gave me the chance to explore this. Overall, I think my skill is to be sensitive to the artistry of the song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think, the main thing is to bring the song to life. Having extensive acting training, I will always explore the 'truth' of the text. Then, the music is the art, that you can colour and paint, however you wish.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The most common case, people want to try out new material. I then, record the lead vocals and/or backing harmonies and mix it myself. My job is to bring their song to life with quality and precision.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use the brand new Apple MacBook Pro (M1) and Apple iMac (27 inch) . I use a Slate Digital ML-1 condenser microphone, a Focusrite Scarlett interface and a sound proofed studio to create the best quality possible.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm very lucky to be surrounded by amazingly talented singers/musicians/technicians. All of whom, inspire me! I'm part of an A Cappella group in the UK called 'The Magnets,' we've been given Max Hunter and Nicholas Girard as sound engineer and music arranger. They're super human!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Lead vocals, and backing harmonies are what I mostly do. Covering a range from baritone to soprano, so exploring with choral sounds is something I'd like to get into.