When you are seeking unique and out-of-this-world vocal recording or lyrics that hit deeply, call on me!
Lifelong singer and songwriter, Michelle Amador has received regular acclaim as "a new breed of musician" (Mercury News) from storied musicians like jazz bassist Buster Williams to legendary electronic producers like Osunlade. Most recently recording and releasing singles created with producer Eli Crews (Kathleen Hanna, Yoko Ono, tUnE-yArDs), Michelle delivers"silken-voiced" (SF Chronicle) original music, drawing inspiration from artists such as Adele, Solange Knowles, Nina Simone, St. Vincent, and more.
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Interview with Silken Vocals
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm especially proud of a track that hasn't been released yet that addresses mental health and the realities of suicide; the loss and also the acceptance we find for people's choices.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on a video release for a new track produced by Eli Crews.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm still new to the platform! I'm not sure if these artists are yet on Soundbetter but I'd recommend Goh Nakamura (singer, songwriter, film/tv composer), Ryan Hobler (singer, songwriter, producer, engineer), and Tim Bulkley (drums)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both!! Why miss out on anything in this world?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will deliver my best to you every time.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being a channel!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you follow a specific rhythm I have in mind? Absolutely! Send me a midi or your own voice in the tempo/phrasing you have in mind over the backing track. I'll do it to the T!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy. (It's not!)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What inspired the project? Share with me all of the creation elements from idea to your reflections in the process of creation to your reflections as you finalized.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to my samples. If you're inspired, hire me! If not, there is likely another artist that will speak best to your project.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Rhodes keyboard, NovastationX, Looping pedal, notebook and pen.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for 20 years, but always straddling nonprofit arts administration for other incredible artists and arts organizations. I am rededicated to my own independence and thus posting this profile!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Resonant, lilting, reflective.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Linda Perry - her interview on Wong Notes was incredible, what an experience it would be to work with her as your producer!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to the vocals without the backing track and follow your gut. If it can be done better, do it better!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer-songwriter, electronic, jazz
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Nailing it!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Rich, soulful vocals. Deep lyrics. Honesty and joy!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I prefer reference links with specific timings indicated so I know the exact portion of the reference that is inspiring someone. For lyrics, I enjoy a free write from the person about what the song is about - any words that come to mind, any visual references, their personal story behind the song (if that's something they want to convey).
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Groovetubes microphone in a wooded studio
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Fiona Apple, Adrienne Lenker, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Beach House, Tori Amos
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Thoughtful, resonant vocal melodies and lyrics for electronic and jazz artists.