Recording Academy member with twenty plus years of writing, performing and producing experience! Let me help you skip the common mistakes and get to the great songs quicker. I’ve worked with many great musicians from Dave Grohl to Travis Barker “Todd is one of my favorite riff makers” Juliette Lewis (actress/musician)
I can provide male rock/punk/country/soul vocals, bass, guitar, production and mixing. As a touring and recording artist I’ve worked with The Offspring, H2O, Jason Derulo, Juliette Lewis and more. I’ve also gained recording and production skills making records with Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More), Bob Rock, Linda Perry and many other talented producers. I’m a big fan of making time for pre-production with an artist in order expand the possibilities of how great a song can be but I'm also ready to jump in at whatever stage your project is at.
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Interview with Todd Morse
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The making of "Four On The Floor" by Juliette And The Licks was monumental for me. We had Dave Grohl on drums and recording the songs in a live setting. I was a contributing songwriter, guitarists and backing vocalist.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right I am working on the next Juliette And The Licks record with singer/actress Juliette Lewis. We have been doing sessions in Nashville at Battle Tapes w/ Brad Shultz from Cage The Elephant producing.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, Dan Konopka from the band OkGo. He's a skilled drummer mixer and producer with hits to prove it!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital for me. Most of the sounds have caught up with analog and it's way faster.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to work on it until you are completely satisfied
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music is therapeutic fo me. They say everyone has a "vibe' which means vibration and music is when you feel it the most. Both your own and the writer.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What do you think of music? I will be completely host so I don't waste anyones time. Art is really subjective so there are no "bad' songs. It just depends who you are trying to reach.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I only do punk rock.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Is this a career or just for fun? Then I know the parameters.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm very open and easy to work with. My suggestions are not just a matter of taste but based on the science of music making. My objective is to help you skip the mistakes and get where you want to be faster.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A 70's Telecaster, a 70's Fender P bass an a worn out Taylor or Martin acoustic
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that has spent two decades performing in bands such as H2O, Juliette and the Licks and as a touring musician for The Offspring. My debut album, appropriately titled Late Bloomer, is a testament to age being mind over matter. I’m hoping to inspire those of all ages who think it’s too early or too late to follow their passion. I began my career in the early 90s in New York City, Morse played alongside my brother in the punk rock band H2O for 18 years. I helped spearhead the group Juliette and the Licks with actress/singer Juliette Lewis, and co-founded the garage punk project The Operation M.D. with members of Sum 41. My full-length solo debut record is about the clash between that inner kid and his wiser self. It harks back my childhood influences – The Clash, Tom Petty and The Rolling Stones – and fuses it with the vocal and guitar skills I have refined over two decades.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I do a mix of punk, pop, reggae, country and soul.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Post Malone. He's done a lot of modern hip hop and pop but he's got a rock n roll soul along with guitar and vocal chops so I'd love to bring out that side.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The most important thing to me is the vocal melody. If that is strong the song can come together easily. Any parts I track will be to carry and compliment the vocal melody. Also, it's important that the song tells a story in a dynamic way all the way through. I'll work to find ways to do this that fit with the artists vision.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: pop punk, rock and country
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is probably top line vocal melodies with bass playing being a close second.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring 23+ years of writing and recording experience. I have had success with H2O, Juliette And The Licks and many syncs and placements. I have become a skilled bassists having this become my main instrument with The Offspring.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the song but I will track directly into Pro Tools and usually double everything.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a ProTools tracking studio in my home but I do most of my major tracking at two larger studios. At home I'm able to track vocals on a variety of ribbon mics and I use a Gibson Les Paul, Fender Telecaster and Fender Precision Bass for guitar/bass tracking.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tim Armstrong, Andrew Watt, Butch Walker, Linda Perry
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of the time I get asked to track vocals, bass or guitar for clients.