Laureli Amadeus

Indie Music Producer/Singer

Laureli Amadeus on SoundBetter

Indie/Alt, Folk, and Jazz-inclined producer/vocalist with +5 years experience composing, recording, and mixing. Collaborations include Adassa (voice of Dolores, “Encanto”), Juanse Diez (voice of Camilo, “Encanto”), James Curry, R.J. Tolson (bestselling author), Huddy, and Robot X.

The genres I work in primarily are Indie/Alt, Folk, Lo-Fi, Pop, and Jazz.

I have +5 years of experience making original music, high-quality covers, soundtracks, and renditions of pre-existing songs. I am very well-versed in recording and can deliver professional-sounding vocals. Instruments I play include baritone, soprano, and tenor ukulele, cajon, a bit of piano, and some guitar/bass. I produce many songs using midi instruments and plugins (currently loving Spitfire).

I work very well with others and strive for perfection. I believe my passion for music is translated through the quality of my work. I’m always eager to create, even if it’s out of my comfort zone. I put my soul into every one of my projects and love collaborating with other musicians/artists, even more so when it helps me learn and experiment.

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Languages

  • English
  • Russian

Interview with Laureli Amadeus

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

  2. A: The most recent, most challenging thing I’ve worked on is the song “Camilo’s Interlude” featuring Adassa and Juanse Diez. I had to organize an ensemble for the background vocals as well as commission an artist and editor for the lyric video on Youtube. I did pretty much everything myself, from the organizing, editing, to the mixing and mastering. It’s surprising I didn’t end up hating the song once I finished it after how exhausting it was. Even now I listen to it and notice little things I wish I could’ve changed. But the great thing about it is that I learned. I didn’t crash and burn. Sure, I made some mistakes, but you gotta learn to forgive yourself and move on. Keep working at it, because after enough time, you will see progress. That’s why I always hesitate to critique anyone’s music. You don’t know where they’re at in their journey, and you have no right to judge. If someone puts their heart into something, you’re bound to hear it.

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

  4. A: An EP and a collab with Juanse Diez (the Spanish-dub voice actor of Camilo from “Encanto”).

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I’m new here. Let’s revisit that later.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital. Takes up less space.

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

  10. A: You’ll always get the best from me.

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

  12. A: The freedom of it. Music has no rules. I could never get tired of it. The world is a bottomless source of inspiration which means music will always stick around. It’s also the closest thing to Heaven I think we’ve got while on this spinning hunk of rock. I’d like to savor it.

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

  14. A: Most people ask me how I write my music. That’s a big question that could take a week to break down. Short answer is that I just do.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: The amount of work that goes into recording is often underestimated. I’ve been doing this for a long time, and there are no shortcuts to getting a good mix. There are even less when it comes to getting good vocals, which is why I spend so long perfecting my tracks.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What’s your end goal? Does my style/voice fit within your creative vision? Who do you imagine will hear this? Who is this for? What's the meaning of life? (Just kidding.)

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

  20. A: Have your idea in place before you commission me, or anyone. As much as I love experimenting, everyone needs a polished draft to reference before writing the final paper. That being said, you should still give me room to be creative. It’s a fine line.

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

  22. A: Gear can be overrated. You don’t need that $1,500 audio interface or that $250 pop filter. The least you need is creativity and passion. Over the past five years, I’ve recorded with the same microphone on a variety of programs. And I can say confidently, after releasing over six hours of music, that it’s less about the price and more about your technique.

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

  24. A: I wanted to go to animation school. Then paramedic school. Then the Army. I was very persistent when it came to denying what I really wanted to do with my life, since it didn’t seem sustainable. But I’ve been at this for five-ish years, and I’ve gotten pretty good at it. It makes me happy. In our world, only a handful of careers can do that. Music and Jesus, that’s what keeps me going.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: It’s me, so that’s kind of hard to say. I feel like I change styles every now and then. From what I’ve been told, though, my music sounds very ethereal. Kinda dreamy, melancholic.

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

  28. A: Sufjan Stevens. I’m absolutely in love with the style of his music, especially songs like “John My Beloved” and “Fourth of July”. A second answer, but no less, would be Hozier. He’s a very skilled composer, vocalist, and guitar player. I love the poeticism of his lyrics.

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

  30. A: You are never as good or bad as you think you are.

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

  32. A: My collaborations consist of Jazz, Indie/Alt, Pop, and pretty much anything my ears like. I’m not the type to stick to one genre. If something sounds nice, I’m gonna want to be a part of it, no matter how challenging it’ll be. That’s the reason I’ve done so many collabs, they’re fun as hell. Anything involving creativity is up my alley.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I’m creative, flexible, and punctual. I make sure that everything I work on is of the highest quality.

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

  36. A: I’ve got a unique sound and skill set. My chest voice is a bit different from my falsetto and I often take advantage of this when vocal layering. I also haven’t used auto-tune in my five years of recording. I just keep recording the same line until it’s exactly how I want it. Sometimes this takes hours. It doesn’t matter what I’m recording for—I put my all into it.

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

  38. A: Depends on the project. If I’m directing a project, I’m very clear about my terms/conditions and make sure everyone is on the same page vision-wise. If I’m recording, mixing, or mastering someone else’s song, I do my best to translate their music into something professional-sounding while also giving my input on certain aspects like lyrics, melody, and other musical elements to get the best out of their idea.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I work in my bedroom studio. All recordings are EQ’d properly to cut out/reduce background noise, plosives, sibilance, etc.

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

  42. A: Anyone with a deep, authentic passion for their art is bound to inspire me. Artists like Amber Run, Sufjan Stevens, and Hozier all have a unique sound and aesthetic that I enjoy.

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

  44. A: I frequently compose and record main vocals over instrumentals for collaborations. I’m very skilled at recording complex vocal lines with harmonies, as well as vocal comping. I’ve been working in Logic Pro X for years, but rarely use auto-tune.

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Revisions: 2. Turnaround time: 2–10 days (depending on complexity). Additional costs vary per project, but rarely exceed double the initial price.

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Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro X
  • Scarlett Focusrite
  • Condenser mic
  • Presonus monitors
  • Know Calm noise-cancelling headphones
  • MacBook Pro (2021)
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