I am a one stop shop Pop/R&B singer, songwriter, producer with 15 years experience. My primary style pop/R&B in the vein of The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Banks but I can also sing, write, and produce in the broad spectrum of pop and/or R&B. I am passionate, extremely detail oriented, and efficient. I have written for many artists like Zhu and Stephen.
I have been a professional singer, songwriter, and producer for 15 years. I was the front man for a touring Pop/Rock band, Solwave, for many years working with producers Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor) and Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam). We also opened for bands such as The Revivalists and the Spin Doctors.
After leaving the band, I became a songwriter for other artists, Zhu and Stephen, as well as singing on other artists' tracks such as AJ Salvatore. I began releasing music as a solo artist under my name, Joe Sparrow. I write, produce ,and perform all my own music.
I can sing, topline, write, arrange, produce, vocal tune/comp. I can do any style of pop, r&b, and alternative. I also dabble in EDM.
I am excited to fully execute your vision and I will make sure we nail exactly what you are wanting.
Check out my soundcloud playlist to hear my work!
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Interview with Joe Sparrow
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am proud of my debut EP "Behind Closed Doors" under my name Joe Sparrow. I wrote, performed and produced all of it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on the next singles leading up to my debut solo artist album.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It doesn't matter. Music is about conveying emotion or a feeling. All gear is just a tool to do that.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to help you execute your vision and then some. I want my clients to say "wow it turned out even better than I had envisioned"
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music and the creative process more than anything.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That there is one most important part of the process. Every part of the process is essential.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you trying to convey emotionally and sonically? What inspired the song? Why do you make music in general? What is your ideal vision for this song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure the person is invested creatively in your vision and not just doing "the work." Music that stands out has that extra intangible element and working with people that are willing to contribute that is essential. I promise I will always bring that energy, passion, and care.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: The gear I have now would work great.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been in music for 15 years. I started as the frontman of a touring pop rock band called Solwave. After I left the band I became a songwriter for other artists and a demo singer. I learned how to produce and then began releasing music as a solo artist under my name Joe Sparrow.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my primary style as dark Pop/R&B but I am comfortable in all styles of pop and R&B.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Max Martin. He is the best modern pop songwriter/producer of all time and I would love to learn from him.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When making any production choice from sound selection, to instrument parts, to vocal performance style, to FX choices, does it contribute and add to the message and emotion the song is trying to convey. This helps guides decisions and create cohesion amongst every part ultimately making the effect of the song more potent.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Pop with an R&B feel. But I am extremely comfortable in any flavor of pop. I can do R&B very well too.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is toplining or songwriting.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My main goal is to convey the emotion and/or message of the song in the most grabbing and clear way possible. I am always keeping my pulse on this larger goal while being extremely meticulous about every single detail. My intention is to make every song undeniable. I am also bringing more than just skill. I will care and bring the passion.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on what the work is. But step 1 no matter what is talking to the client and really digging in to the artistic goal and intention of the project. I really want to understand the vision deeply so I can embody it and let it inform all the creative decisions. Overall though I think making sure the melodies are dialed in first, then lyrics, then production is my favorite way to work but it always varies.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Pro MPA II Pre Amp, UAD Apollo Twin X, Neumann TLM103 microphone, and a Whisper Room vocal booth (completely professional, sound isolated vocal booth.)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by Max Martin as a songwriter. Vocally I am inspired by Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, and Michael Jackson. Production wise I am inspired by Banks, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, and Zhu to name a few.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is topline work for producers, cowriting work for artists, or production work for artists. Having skill and expertise in every part of the process of song creation from writing, performance, to production helps immensely in any service I am hired for.