Julian Velard

Vocalist, Keyboardist

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Singer, Songwriter and Keyboard Player heard on The Howard Stern Show, NPR, and commercials for Coca-Cola, Google, Aldi Supermarkets and more.

Available for: Vocal Session, Voice Over, Piano and Keyboards.

I have been a professional musician for over two decades and have experience in every aspect of the music business and audio production, including being signed to a major label, writing songs on multi-platinum albums, producing music for artists and commercials, and lending my vocals and speaking voice to brands. I've worked with a wide variety of celebrities in the music and comedy world, including Jamie Cullum, Olly Murs, Paul Carrack, Will Ferrell, Paul Scheer, and Reggie Watts. I've also composed, produced and performed music for The Howard Stern Show and NPR's Ask Me Another.

I have a unique style and phrasing and my speciality is infusing a track with character. I've made a living on selling all kinds of content with my voice, from original songs to corporate copy and beyond. I've also played piano and keyboards professionally in New York City for over 20 years, and have worked singers in live and in the studio to shape their ideas into productions.

My home studio consists of a Shure Sm7B microphone and an Apollo X4 interface. I have most of the UAD plugins, as well as software and virtual instruments from Izotope, Native Instruments, Spectronics, Fab Filter, and Waves.

I'd love to collaborate with you and help make your vision come to life. Hit me up!

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

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Interview with Julian Velard

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I produced 6 albums with major and independent labels, and raised funds for 3 of them independently.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: My next EP.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Analog if you have the money. Digital if you wanna enjoy your life!

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: That you will leave satisfied with a product that's better.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: The ability to be creative and pay the bills.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: How long will this take you? I answer, "not long at all!"

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: Be direct and clear and let me give you a ton of ideas to choose from.

  15. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  16. A: A mic, a computer, a piano, a mirror video camera, and a phone.

  17. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  18. A: I started out writing my own songs, got a major label deal, and have since been expanding my skill set as a singer, player and producer. I started performing my own music in 1999.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Jazzy, fun, syncopated.

  21. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  22. A: Bo Burnham. Would love to write songs with him. I think he's a genius.

  23. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  24. A: Work fast

  25. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  26. A: Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Folk

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: Singing and playing

  29. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  30. A: Creatively and catchiness

  31. Q: What's your typical work process?

  32. A: I try to work as quickly and efficiently as possible. I am open to doing limited revisions.

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: A 4 input interface with a limited microphone collection (SM7, SM58 Beta, ATM350s), an upright piano, weighted midi controller, and tons of plugins and software instruments,

  35. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  36. A: Randy Newman, Mac Demarco, Bo Burnham, Larry Goldings,

  37. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  38. A: Vocals, Keyboards.

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