Let's get creative! I'm here to work.
I specialize in songwriting and production, I shine during post-production - adding extra ideas and instrumentation (my favorite). I'm very much a utility guy in the studio and very handy with the guitar. And I'm quite good at sounding like other players -if need be (i.e. Brian May) *check out my SoundCloud links*
I've written for most genres: Pop, Rock, Country, Rap/Hip Hop, R&B and some EDM. I love to write and I can easily customize to your needs, just tell me what you want and you'll get it!
My services include: Composing, arranging, producing, mixing, editing, guitarist, vocals and keys.
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Scott is one of the very best in a crowded field. He is a fantastic composer with sophisticated, interesting chord changes and a knack for melody; and an incredibly creative arranger and slick producer. His guitar and piano chops are great, as are his vocals. I've worked with him on about 50 songs in one capacity or another and he always shines.
Interview with Scott McPherson
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Ideas. My best work is during post-production, I love to paint with many colors. I have a pretty good ear for melodies and a very large chord library to draw from. I'm a strong lyricist as well. I can add a lot of flavor to any song of any style.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production, writing, guitar and vocals. I get hired for all of the above.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jon Brion has had a huge influence on me as a writer, musician and producer. Paul McCartney is another, and I like quite a few modern producers as well.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run everything thru a two channel tube preamp into my DAW. Pro Tools, Sonar or Logic Pro....it all gets used. I prefer the digital realm and I use VI's and plug-ins constantly.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For me, most songs get their start in Sonar, I like to build and arrange with that DAW.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Writing and production.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All kinds. I do a bit of jingle work, so a lot of variety comes from that. Otherwise, Pop/rock is fairly common with me. And lately there has been some rap and hip hop.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Once hired, you bet!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I enjoy working with artists who are talented but new to everything. That way I can dramatically shape their music in ways they could never have imagined before. It's the most rewarding part for me.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Always changing, always evolving.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for 20 plus years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop loaded with a DAW, VI's and plug ins, UAD Apollo Twin, Neumann U87, Fender Strat, and any 88 key midi-board.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to as much of their work as possible before you even consider them for anything. Proof is in the pudding.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What would be your dream scenario for this song?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A do a bit of everything, No misconceptions yet.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Can you make me sound better? A: Yes!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating and impressing my clients.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be 110% happy with this outcome.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I mix them up. I like the best of both worlds. For example - Digital compressors are great, but an analog compressor can sound incredibly awesome and different in ways that digital could never do.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have several projects in motion, projects with Pop 4, Tiny Volcano and McPherson/Grant. I also work a bit with a few artists in the U.K. And jingle work too.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced a few albums for a project called "Sproutless". This was an homage album that featured over 40 writer/musicians from all over the world. All performance stems were funneled to me where I produced, mixed and mastered each song. It was an exhausting labor of love.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes! I would HIGHLY recommend Andrea Perry for production, bass, backing vocals and composition. I have hired her dozens of times over the years and she is absolutely brilliant! And she is one of my very favorite bass players on the planet, her bass compositions are off the hook. A stellar talent, hire her ASAP!