Brail Watson

Vocalist, Lyricist, Cellist

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If you want the best, be the best. If you can't be the best, then hire me.

Who:
My name is Phillip "Brail" Watson and I have been a music creator for 13 years. While obtaining Bachelor's degrees in Voice (opera), Cello and a Master's in Contemporary Performance from Berklee in Valencia Spain, I honed my sound. I have performed for thousands in foreign countries, spoken/performed at two TEDx events and created music for multiple businesses including video game tournaments and Photography companies. I have also worked on and or produced for over 6 full length albums, at least 3 of which are on Spotify at the moment.

Why:
My goal is to render the greatest experience to my clients, both inside and outside of your speakers, so that it will be passed on to your fans! Contact me for a quote on your project today!

How:
(Session work)
-We will discuss the vision of your project so that I can be clear as to what you want, and the time-table as to which it is to be completed.
- Once 50% has been funded, please send any extra files, reference materials, or sheet music necessary.
- Within the discussed time table I will send a ruff mix for review, if there are no revisions needed, I will send over all unprocessed vocals or files.
--If revisions are needed, I will complete one free revision (prices on further revisions may vary), and then once the final payment is funded I will send all unprocessed audio files.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Reviews (4)

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  1. Review by Dirk R.
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    It is a pleasure to work with Brail. He is reliable and works with a professional attitude. Besides his exceptional voice he is also able to read standard notation and can create vocal-arrangements and harmonies. Highly recommended!

  2. Review by Mark S.
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    Brail was amazing to work with! He rose to the challenge and delivered exactly what was requested, plus he's a great person to communicate with. Definitely working with this hugely talented man again sometime soon!!

  3. Review by robert w.
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    Brail has a nice soulful voice, and he followed my direction perfectly. He sent a prelim. mix, and only a couple things to clean up. Harmonies were nice and tight. Looking forward to using him again.

  4. Review by james m.
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    Amazing singer !

    Thanks so much Brail you are a true professional i hope to work with you again in the future.

    If your reading this review book him NOW !

    Cheers

    James

Interview with Brail Watson

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

  2. A: While living in Spain, I was asked by a drummer to work on an original song that was inspired by a Kendrick Lamar live performance. The reference performance was a Mash-up of multiple songs from both Good Kid Mad City, and To Pimp A Butterfly with a live band and some added spoken word and crazy hits. I helped with the production, and flow of the song, and was also asked to be the Emcee. I was tasked with creating some sort of steady and coherent flow as a through line for a project that was literally created to imitate fragmented snap shot ideas. The end result was a song called "Kika. Life in 15 Minutes." A song that takes situations parallel to my life leading up to my arrival in Valencia, Spain and places them in an order that creates character development, and drama that is mirrored by the many musical changes. I sang catchy hooks, spit conscious bars, portrayed a narrator as well as the protagonists inner machinations and together we were able to tell a story of life...in 5 minutes and fifteen seconds. Throughout the process, all of my belongings were stolen from me, including the notebook that I had written the song in. ( I had worked on it for 2 months, trying to make it just right, as the musicians added to the soundscape of the recording). Afterwards, I had 3 days to re-write the story, but I also had a completed instrumental with the drummer, keyboardist, and bass player now having been added to the mix. I re-wrote the song, and it now sits on the album Party In Frank's Head which was nominated for an album of the year award in Spain.

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

  4. A: Getting an EP off of my desk, so that I can get to work on new music with musicians I've recently met from around the world.

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

  6. A: Judy Shin- Pianist. Incredible work ethic. Fast turnaround. Piano skills off the chart!

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

  8. A: That we'll make something special together.

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

  10. A: The ability to create, and provide for my mom and those around me who need.

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

  12. A: Q.Do you have time to do ___for me? A. Sure man, when do you need it?

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

  14. A: Play cello Rap Sing Play piano Sing Opera Usually people meet me for one thing, and have no clue about the other, because I always go all out on whatever's appropriate at the moment lol

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

  16. A: What are you looking for from me? Are there any specific details that you want me to cater to? How soon do you need this done?

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

  18. A: Talk to me. Let's discuss what the project is, and I'll give you an honest opinion on what I can offer, and if I'm the best provider for your situation. :)

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

  20. A: Laptop, Plug-n-play interface, Condenser mic, M-audio Keystudio (controller), Notebook.

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

  22. A: Began performing and recording at the Age of 14. Have been doing this for the last 12 years. Started on an underground record label, rose to be the vice president of that label and recently left to pursue other business interests. During those 12 years I got my bachelor's of music in Voice/cello performance, and then gained my Master's of Contemporary Performance degree from Berklee College of Music in Valencia Spain.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Artistry- Fred Hammond, meets Tech N9ne, with a healthy dose of Kendrick Lamar's exploration. Voice- Musiq Soulchild meets Usher with Luther Vandross flexibility. Rap- Tech N9ne (creative flow) meets Chamillionaire (sing-songy style) meets Ludacris's shock value.

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

  26. A: Overdub vocals. Double them...triple them...and pan them. This allows for a full sound with or without harmonies. Always look for a chance to explore the spectrum of space within recorded sound. It makes a huge difference.

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

  28. A: I tend to get request for recording straight soul music from clients in Spain (Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown sounding stuff), and in America I've gotten calls for things ranging from Chris Brown-esq to recording Journey songs.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: My versatile voice. My vocal range is wide and I have a gift for aesthetic choices. I pride myself on my ability to deliver lyrics in a personal manner that hits home with the listener. What type of music do you usually work on? Hip-Hop, R&B, and Soul. In any of these genres I tend to be in the more fusion element. R&B infused with Jazz so closer to Neo-Soul, and the Hip-Hop ranges from Southern to Midwestern chopper styles.

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

  32. A: Balance. I pride myself on being a performer who offers a Impressive, Interactive, and intimate experience. So if the track is lacking a high note (I have a range similar to what would be heard on an Earth Wind and Fire record) then I'll bring that. If a song requires a catchy hook, or melody, that's what I do. My specialties are in the styles of Soul, hip-hop, and R&B so I'm all about diverse energies.

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

  34. A: For a vocal overdub with no timetable, I have a turnaround time of up to a week, but I'll get it done as soon as possible, and won't take the job if I would miss a deadline for a client. (Cello overdubs follow the same principle, and the timeline of a week is more likely if there is lyric writing as well.) Rap overdubs tend to be completed faster, but I reserve the same timeframe due to the lyric writing process. I tend to write/produce all of my own music, so I'm usually working on something else when I get a client, but prioritize the client's recording needs.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: At the moment, very simple. I have a Rode NT1A condenser Microphone that I tend to use for vocals, as well as an MXL (condenser), and a Shure 58 (Dynamic). I tend to use the 58 to record Kahon, or sometimes cello when I record myself playing that. I'm currently running Pro-Tools 12.(whatever's current lol) and I commonly use Reason 8 for production although there are times when I'll do completely a cappella tracks through pro-tools using vocal overdubs. I use an M-audio Quad as my interface with either my Macbook (for travel) or my custom built PC.

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

  38. A: Currently I'm very into the sound being produced by Anderson .Paak, but timelessly I've been impressed by the production work of artists such as R.Kelly, and Pharrell. These are two artists who create a cacophony of amazing sounds and you may never even know they touched a record. They model the prowess of artists like Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, and Prince but still find a way to differentiate themselves from those influences. I'm also a huge fan of Musiq Soulchild. The way he delivers a lyric with a down to earth heart warming feel is mad impressive to me. Never too much, but always full of soulful delivery.

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

  40. A: Vocal overdub work. My clients tend to be people who appreciate my personal recordings in the hip-hop/R&B/Soul genres. As a classically trained singer, I'm known for my expressive choices, and as a recording artist for my choices in harmonies and overdubs.

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Brail-No More Maybes

I was the Writer, Vocalist, Producer and engineer in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • John Legend
  • Musiq Soulchild
  • Jamie Foxx
Gear Highlights
  • Rhode NT1A
  • Pro-Tools 12
  • Reason 8
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