Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I'm really proud of the song "Jump" on the playlist above. I wrote it with a client during a writing camp in New York, in about 2 hours. I also produced and vocal produced the recording. My client's mom cried when she heard the song because she felt like she could really hear her daughter in the recording. That was probably one of my favorite moments.
I also had the most incredible experience working with and coaching Daya when she performed in Times Square for the ball drop in NYC this past New Year. I was able to prepare her to sing for a million people in the middle of Times Square and then stand by her as she performed.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working with a number of pop artists, teaching at NYU and finishing my next single!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
If I write it with you, the song will represent you. You will feel like something essential about who you are is being expressed and that through sharing that song, you are really connecting with each person who listens to it.
If I sing it... it's gonna be dope.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it's easy and all creative! SO much of editing ESPECIALLY with vocals is like surgery... it takes a tremendous amount of skill, focus and an understanding of the bigger picture of the song to do it well.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I like to know the full scope and intention of the project as well as any post production plans!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Go with your gut and with someone who you feel is going to work to understand what YOU are trying to create rather than impose their skill set on top of your music. Find a good listener.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Guitar, mic, interface, whiskey, a dog probably for company. And a midi keyboard.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been singing and writing music since I was 10. I was classically trained as an opera singer but always sang in big bands and jazz ensembles on the side. In my 20s I started working in the music industry as an artist. I've since written and produced music for myself and some of the artists you hear on the radio :)
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Sia - I just think she's a brilliant writer and singer who has been behind so much of the pop music I've loved for the last 20 years. Prince and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) all come to mind as well because they write honestly and end up being trailblazers by being authentic.
Can you share one music production tip?
It has to feel good. It can't just be clever, or well thought out or arranged - at the end of the day, if it doesn't feel good, it won't matter - no one will listen to it.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Radio and mainstream pop, some independent work, dance music and singer-songwriter stuff!
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is that as a teacher and coach, I have a deep love of people and an ability to understand where someone is coming from - what this means for the artists and students that I work with is that their work isn't generic - it's specific to them - it sounds and feels like them.
As an experienced singer, I can usually deliver the tone and emotion that a song is asking for but in terms of what I specialize in - I love anything that has soul or swagger to it.
What do you bring to a song?
Uniqueness, swagger, authenticity, catchy melodies, meaningful lyrics.
What's your typical work process?
If I'm writing with an artist, it usually starts with a conversation about who they are and what they want to communicate and we go from there. If it's a voice lesson or vocal production, I'll usually spend some time listening to the singer and then adjusting the technique based on what they are trying to accomplish with the recording.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I either record at home, or use a studio that I'm really comfortable in close by. I can get songs demo'd within 48 hours.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Sia, Pharrell, Justin Vernon, Kanye West, Frank Ocean
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I'm either writing a song with or for my client. I also work on live singing technique, recording technique and vocal identity. I career coach artists; helping them set goals, timelines and then work through whatever is in the way of them achieving their goals during weekly sessions.