Hey my name is Nick and I'm a professional Music Producer/Songwriter and Multi Instrumentalist. I work as a cowriter/coproducer for Pop Artists. I've gained 200k+ credited streams in 2021! I also write and produce music for commercials. I've worked on writing teams for major brands such as NBA, Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Pantene and more.
I'm offering my services as a music producer and songwriter. I specialize in serving the song and meeting my clients needs and expectations through my work. My experience in the advertisement music industry has helped me develop a keen sense of how to deliver exactly what the client is looking for. It's the only way to succeed when writing for commercials. Seriously! It's pretty crazy how specific a major brand's creative team can get when looking for a song for their commercial. Tracks have to be very specific lengths. They have to be in a particular genre or sound very close to a reference track. I'm used to constant pressure from clients. Whatever you want your song to sound like, I can do it - to a tee. In the ad industry it's also a standard to receive song pitches fully completed, mixed and mastered. No demos! This means it's solely my job to take a song from start to finish. Sometimes in only a few days! I write the song, record the instruments on the song, produce the song, and mix the song. When working with me you are sure to receive a final version of exactly what you want, how you want it and when you want it.
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Interview with Nick Spat
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My most recent release called "Weak" with Sunday Dinner. The creation of the song was a long and brutal process. We went through over 10 vocalists before we found the vocalist that was the right fit. I've never spent so long and put so much time and effort into a song in my entire life. I'm so happy I did though because the song is AMAZING. The hard work was worth it. I'm proud of the way I stuck with it and really believed in the song. The song has just broke 100k streams!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A lot! I'm working on a film score for an indie short. I'm also producing a track for an artist that I've worked with many times. I'm making a bunch of demos to pitch out to some artists that I haven't worked with yet.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Jon Jetter for any mixing and mastering that you may need. I love everything that he's been a part of and I've had the pleasure of being in the studio with him watching him mix. He's extremely detail oriented and approaches every mix with care.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will not stop until you are 100% satisfied with your song.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Hire somebody to do something that they do well. If you really like their work, hire them for their work. Don't hire them and try to make them step completely out of their comfort zone.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Interface, Mic, Speakers, Guitar. Everything I would need to make a song.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a guitar player. I played in a lot of bands early on in my career. I played in wedding bands, tribute bands, orchestras, jazz bands and original bands. I discovered my love for pop music production and songwriting late in high school and decided to pursue the creation side of music college. I'm now in my last year of studying music production at SUNY Purchase. In my time at school I've been developing my catalogue as a writer/producer. I was blessed to be able to write for a lot of ad music so far during my time at school. One of my professors is a top ad music writer. He took a liking to my music and has had me on a bunch of writing teams for ad music. I also just recently got my first major artist placement with Albanian artist MIRUD on a record called "Shko n'vetmi". I am the co-founder of a writing collective called "Sunday Dinner". The collective specializes in Pop Music, Ad Music/Sync Licensing and Film Scoring. I also have been consistently teaching music for 5 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Well I grew up in a rock household so I definitely have rock imbedded in my style. My dad played drums in a Disco tribute band growing up so I was constantly around dance music. I love Disco drums and you can hear it in my music. I also studied jazz pretty deeply as I was furthering my journey as a guitar player. I love jazz harmony and it finds its way into my music. Rock, Disco and Jazz are part of my musical upbringing and are the foundation of how I perceive and create music. I really love dark and moody art so generally my style tends to be more dark in sonics and texture.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dua Lipa for sure. She's one of the most talented vocalists around. Especially in the pop world. I also love that she has such a good understanding of how she wants her music to sound. I've heard on numerous accounts from people that have worked with her that she's really in tune with her vision. I can relate to this and really appreciate when an artist understand themselves so thoroughly.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: No matter how many tracks you have in the session, the final track should only sound like it has 5 elements. overproducing can really ruin a song. Pop music is known for having some of the most polished and intricate production but it has to be subtle. Otherwise it's distracting. The production should never take away from the song. Of course this should never stop you from adding your own flare as a producer but do it tastefully. Above all else, serve the song and serve the artist.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Definitely a very clear and solid vision. I'm specialize at listening to unfinished work and understanding what directions the final product could go in.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When an artist sends me a demo that they want me to produce, the first thing I do is listen at least 3 times. Sometimes I'll take some time to think about the track. I think about what value I would bring to it and what my potential vision of the final product is. Then I'll have an in depth conversation with the artist about the song. I really want to understand how they interpret the song and what they want it to convey. I also want to get a very strong sense of how they want the production to sound. I always ask for at least 3 specific references for the production. Before I get to the production, I might give a few songwriting/lyric revisions just to tighten up any loose ends in the songwriting. Then I will produce a track for the song based on the demo. Sometimes the track ends up being very similar to the demo, sometimes it's completely different. It depends on the vision that me and the artist arrive at. Then we track final vocals and add background vocals, adlibs etc. This phase can happen remotely under my direction or in person in the studio. I usually do a "producer mix" and let the artist decide whether they want to outsource further mixing and mastering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jon Bellion is a big inspiration of mine. His passion for the craft is so inspiring to me. I also admire his ability to write/produce top 40 hits for major artists while simultaneously pursuing and developing his own unique sound as a recording artist.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: BOTH. They're both great and they're even better when you use them together.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that I love what I do so much that it doesn't feel like a job.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly Pop music. I hate the term "Pop" cause there's really so many things that could be considered pop. The way I put it, I mostly work on music that you could hear on the radio.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Taking a song from "Demo" to "Finished". I'm also good at hitting references really closely. This is a skill I refined from working in the ad music industry.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a typical home studio set up as well as immediate access to professional recording studios. I have a very reliable pair of mixing headphones (Sennheiser HD 600s). I have a very powerful and up to date plugin/sample library arsenal. Spectrasonics, Spitfire, Xfer Records, Soundtoys, Waves, Slate, Izotope, Antares and Celemony are a few software brands that I use. I also have A LOT of really nice guitars and basses (too many for my own good).
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of the work I've been doing lately is producing full songs based on demos that artists have sent me. I also produce beats/tracks from scratch for top lining. I do a lot of songwriting as well. Usually this is in sessions with other artists/writing teams or for my own music. I also do a lot of vocal production/mixing/tuning for clients. I also find myself doing a lot of session musician work whether its for my own productions or for clients. I get called mostly for rhythm/lead Guitar both electric and acoustic but I do a lot of electric bass work as well