Hailing from Dublin Ireland, Richard Farrell is a vocalist and songwriter. An intuitive, thoughtful and soulful musician with a sensitive touch for harmonies. Warm, velvety and rough vocal timbres, a blues and soul vocalist. Richard now currently lives in Copenhagen honing his craft.
Taking the nectar from blues,soul and folk music, this sleek modern musician flowers to create an unique sound.Influenced by Tom Waits, The Dap Kings, Muddy Waters, BB King and Dr John. He stewed his magic to create his debut album 'Lights at Sea' with his band Richard Farrell and The Last Tribe and currently he is releasing singles with his new project Trainman Blues, they will be releasing their debut album in March 2018. Richard (Vocals, keys, guitar) from Dublin, Ireland (based in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a travelling man,from New Orleans to Havana, Cuba to Colombia, he has mixed around with the locals to discover the simple nature of their passion for music and to learn and absorb their different musical styles and cultures. With a rough, velvety and soulful voice, he commands a crowd where ever he wanders.
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Reviews (12)Endorse Richard Farrell
It was a real pleasure to work with Richard, he completely understood the task, delivered top notch vocals and adapted to some revisions in super speedy time. Wonderful communicator too, he always kept on top of the messages in a super efficient way. Highly recommended!
Richard has a great voice!, he went above and beyond to make sure we had lots of different takes to choose from. His recording quality was excellent, he brought lots of great ideas to the table, he was efficient and it was a pleasure working with him.
Richard has a beautiful voice, and lot of emotion, he works fast.... He is awesome.
Richard is very professional ! Very good singer ! Everything was nice with him ! Happy to work with him and hope to work in the future !
Very talented producer, writer and vocalist. Brought the song to life!
Richard Farrell is the whole package: talented songwriter, arranger and vocalist with an earthy, soulful voice that fits perfect in any pop blues, jazz, funk or anywhere you want a touch of true soul.
I was looking for someone to write lyrics to a jazz pop song I wrote and Richard jump into it and wrote lyrics that matched my music perfectly!
Richard is amazing!!!! He's an amazing singer, with a beautiful voice, with lot of emotion!
I asked him a few tweaks and he made it very quickly!
It has been a real pleasure working with Richard.
I highly recommend him, he brings your tracks to next level!
As my project evolved, I needed Richard to do some follow up tracks. He turned this around quickly and gave me exactly what I needed. A great musician to work with.
Richard is an enthusiastic and talented songwriter, skilled singer and good guitar player. With his improvisations he bring a fast way of creating verses and choruses. It was a great joy to work with him together and use his international influences.
It has been a great pleasure working with Richard, who is an award winning blues singer in Europe. He was very patient in providing me with retakes as the vision of my song continued to develop during production. He is extremely well versed in the technical aspects of recording, and gave me great sounding tracks. Great communication.
Fantastic voice. Quick turnaround and very easy to work with. I highly recommend!
Wow! Richard is an incredible talent with a great ear for detail. Very quick turnaround with an organized and thorough set of material to work with. Not to mention an outstanding voice with great versatility and consistency. Hire him now!
Interview with Richard Farrell
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Trainman Blues. Singer and Songwriter. I am in love with Blues music and I think it's affect on modern and old music is immense. I would love to see a revival of blues. Soul and jazz music have progressed into new and interesting forms, I think this is possible with blues.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Trainman Blues. A modern day blues project with hiphop production techniques and understated laid back feel.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog definitely has a warmer and softer sound, it reacts in a natural way to what you put into it. It's definitely not as portable as digital equipment, as easy to set up or quick in finding new and interesting plugins, virtual instruments etc...
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Soulfulness, warmth, guts and attention to detail.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to work with different musicians, songwriters and producers form all around the world. Being able to express my self in an art form which comes very naturally to me.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When can you have the track ready? That depends on how much guidance you give me, or lee way to be creative. Influences, bar numbers, vocals guides etc...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The true message behind the voice.....
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the overall message of your music? Why are you doing it?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to the intention behind the voice, many voices have a clear and clean exterior but sometimes the singer does not bring the force of the subject matter/message into the music. I really live what I'm singing!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A guitar, piano, a Ray Charles and BB King records, a bottle of whiskey and a note pad.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been singing since I can remember. I began playing the piano from age 6. I started formally singing in a choir when I was 8 and received 5 years of music education in the choir school in theory, singing and piano which set me for life. I am 32 now, so I have been at it over 26 years now!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Simple, understated, warm and gutsy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bill Withers, a master of simplicity and soulfulness!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If it feels good, and the ambience is right, keep it!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Blues, soul, folk, electronic, hiphop and jazz music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening to the client, vocal intonation and performance.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity, small details, soul and warmth. I try to bring the best qualities of blues and soul to any song I work with.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the track on repeat until I have an understanding of the flow and meter of it. After absorbing it, I allow melodies to flow through me, letting my vocal chords loose and seeing where the sound takes me. I demo the track a few times depending on how happy I am with the melody/lyrics. After this process I am ready to record the track. There are many different routes I can take depending on the wishes of the client and his/her influences to give me guidance.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Mac book pro 15 inch Retina which I use Pro tools and a Focusrite 6i6 as my preamp. A shure SM7 is my go to microphone as it suits my voice best, I have other mics such as a Rode NTK and Behringer AT2020. I have vocal screen and pop shield to create clear recordings.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Singers like Ray Charles, Toma Waits, Nina Simone, BB King and Nat King Cole are some of my favourites. Modern day producers and musicians such as Quantic, The Dap Kings, Jon Hopkins and Dan Auerbach really inspire me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am a vocalist and songwriter, so I really embrace giving all I have when singing and writing songs. I really focus in on the small details, intonation, timbre, melody and lyrics, this where I'm most at home. With years of experience recording in studios and playing in various different outfits I am very adaptable and open minded.