I’m here to take you as an artist to the next level! I’m a producer, songwriter and session musician born into the music scene. Let’s make some anthems together!
I’m a producer, songwriter and session musician based in Woodland Hills, CA.
I have a studio in my house that overlooks the valley. Nothing but epic vibes. I love working with artists of all kinds. If it’s producing, writing and or playing for artists, I put all my heart and soul into it. I’ve been a professional musician for 17 years. I’ve been around the best of the best my whole life and have learned so much. Knowledge I love to use with the people I work with. I’m all about igniting your highest potential and exceeding expectations.
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Interview with Trev Lukather
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I’m proud of everything I do and all the music I’ve made with artists. I would say my solo album that I’m almost finished with because I wrote and produced everything myself and it’s the most honest and authentic I’ve ever been.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I produced and wrote 3 songs on Dorothy’s new album, wrapped Andrew Hagar album. Currently producing a new artist named Salem Darling. Making an anthemic Avril meets Olivia Rodrigo but dirtier and fresh. She’s gonna 🚀🚀
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I know Kristian Attard (bassist) is on here and he’s an unreal talent. Treehaus Studios is where we could potentially tracks drums, they have a killer studio waking distance from me. Great guys, unreal set up
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. I’m a Logic guy. It came so naturally to me so I always go with what feels right.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will bring out your highest potential and that at the end of the process, you will be stoked!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My favorite part of the job is the artist hearing the song when it’s done and seeing the joy in their face. Their happiness is why I do what I do.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What’s for lunch? Haha These questions here are more than most ask.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it’s super easy. I really put my all into everything I do. I know all producers and musicians do for the most part. A lot of hours are spent on dialing in and finding the perfect sounds for the track. It’s a process but I love it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who are you as an artist? What defines you? What are your goals? What is your sound? I like to get deep if we can creating together because I want that to show in the music.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communication is key. Be honest in what you are looking for and want. It is so important we are on the same page throughout the process so we are both on cloud 9 when we wrap. If you are bringing me outside songs and you are not looking for co writes, my advice is make sure you are confident In the song. You will be the one selling it in the music and to the world. So make sure the song is there! If you want me to just play guitar on your song, goes back to communication. Let me know what you are looking for so I can provide all the taste I can 😉
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, Apollo, Headphones, midi, and a guitar (with cables) haha
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I’ve been a touring musician since I was 17 years old. (17 years ago) Toured the world. Have had the bucket list checks of playing Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Red Rocks, Palladium etc Have a gold plaque for writing on Halestorm debut album. Later on, I really fell in love with producing. It came very naturally to me. I produced and wrote 3 songs on Dorothy’s new album “Gifts From The Holy Ghost” (Roc Nation) produced and co wrote a song for my Pop Steve Lukather’s new solo album. I just wrapped Andrew Hagar’s (Sammy’s son) new album. Currently producing Salem Darling and starting writing with Diamante for her next album. The next artist is YOU 🔥
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Big sounding, hard hitting anthem music. Doesn’t matter if it’s pop or arena rock, the way I produce is I like to have a product at the end of the process that sounds like you’re gonna hear it in a sold out arena. That has been my main squeeze. But I can also make a beautiful production for a singer/songwriter type as well.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are too many to name haha
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It all starts with the song. A great song makes the job and process so much easier. It’s all about the vibe too, if your not having fun in studio and enjoying the hang, it shows in the music. So my main tip is, focus on making each production count by the song choice. Don’t waste time on songs that are not up to par. It sucks the soul out.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop, Pop Rock, Alternative, Pop Punk
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Producing, songwriting and session guitarist.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: It’s all up to the artist. I have built a sound with a few solo artists where I pretty much play and record everything other than drums. I can also come up with a lot of ear candy parts for outside songs. For production and/or session work. I engineer myself and then send it to my mixer who tunes, edits, times, and aligns everything before mix.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I’m involved in the writing process, we start by writing an epic anthem first 😉. Then I build some foundation tracks and go from there. If it’s an out side song, I start with pre pro making sure the song is mapped out and solid. The song is most important. Build foundation tracks and start carving. I usually take about 3-4 days per track then I send it off to editing and mixing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a cool set up at my house in Woodland Hills, CA with a killer view of the valley. We can track everything but drums there. There is a studio I use to track drums walking distance from the house or I use my main session drummer and his studio.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My Pop is the reason I do what I do. I was inspired to play music since I can remember. Toto, Journey, Peter Gabriel, Mutt Lange, David Gilmour were my main influences growing up and still are to this day.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producer, Engineer, Songwriter, Session Musician.