Berklee graduate (songwriting major) keyboard canoodlist with talents in pop production, lyric & melody writing. I've recorded with power pop artists such as Roger Joseph Manning Jr (Beck, Jellyfish) Mike Viola (Mandy Moore, Candy Butchers) & Bleu. I'm also a studio rat, specializing in mixing, production and film composition.
Hi! I'm Eric, a professional singer-songwriter, recording artist and graduate of Berklee College of Music. Writing, performing and recording music is my life, and I'd love to put my passion for music to work for you! I've composed for film (Hollywood & Indie), worked as mixer and producer for clients in genres including pop, rock, hip-hop and country. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, ukulele, vocalist and more), but specialize in piano and synths.
I've also worked as 1st-round judge of the annual Billboard Songwriting Competition, and my band 'The Cautions' was a top-10 finalist in the 2001 American Music Awards 'New Music Award' contest.
From lyrics and top line melody writing to piano/synths, mixing and more, I'd love to help make your next track live its best life!
• All of my final files are delivered as 24bit/48khz WAV files, unless otherwise requested.
• During project, I will provide watermarked MP3 files.
• Typical turn-around time is 1-3 working days (single instrument track), 3-5 days (mixes).
• 1 free rev included (instrument track) 3 revs (mix).
• Please send project deadline in your request, and the following resources (as applicable) are all greatly appreciated: key, BPM, chord chart, lyrics and reference tracks.
• Work for hire / buyout only (uncredited/anon feature).
• I can not accept communication or payment outside of SoundBetter.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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Interview with Eric Barao
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes! Stefanie Drexler! She's the most unbelievable female voice talent you can hope to find.. instant magic for nearly any genre, but especially pop- from high-energy to ballad. https://soundbetter.com/profiles/137491-stefanie-drexler
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Jon Brion, because he's an incredible talent as a producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and film composer. I just wish he'd make another solo record, so I'd be sure to needle him about that.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop and rock productions mostly, but I've also produced and recorded in other genres such as country, hip-hop, electronica, R&B and classical.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I scored the documentary film "Raising Matty Christian", which is both heartbreaking and inspirational, and it was a real pleasure composing different 'moods' to support each scene, without getting in the way of the film's content.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: In between paid jobs, I am finishing up a new album of original songs written and recorded at home, during the pandemic.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will treat your project as if it were my own project- doing the best job I can do is the only way I know how to work.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creative thinking aspect- dreaming, imagining, and working hard to make those dreams become a reality.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I dedicated myself to a career in songwriting and recording starting at age 13, and it led me to Berklee College of Music in Boston. More than three decades later, I've never stopped writing and creating.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: My golden rule is that every single part (instrument, sound, effect) should serve the SONG, working together, rather than showing off or competing for attention.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring attention to detail and thoughtfulness to every aspect of a song I'm working on.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Much of my studio is 'in-the-box' these days. I've had decades of experience working with analog studio equipment, but thanks to advancements in analog-modeled console and tape machine software by UAD, Brainworx and others, I find I can achieve the same analog warmth and depth that was once only possible with 'the real thing'. The exceptions are my acoustic piano, guitars, and effects pedals- as the owner of 'On The Road Effects', I've built more than 400 analog guitar pedals, some of which are in the hands of artists like Buddy Guy, Duke Robillard and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.