Hey! I'm a producer, songwriter + vocalist. I specialize in making unique R&B Folk music, with authentic lyrics and melodies. I also write songs for music libraries with ABC and NBC, as well as other sync licensing companies. When I'm not busy with those projects, I love doing topline work. I'm excited to talk with you about your next project :)
Bells Studio is run by Bells, a Los Angeles based Songwriter and music Producer who got her start writing for Hip Hop and R&B artists. Bells writes, sings, produces and mixes her own music, music for other artists, as well as music for TV/Film. With experience in many different genres and time constraints, she is fast working with incredible attention to detail.
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Interview with BELLS
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a song with Ross Leighton of the band Fatherson. We wrote and produced it together at a writing camp in Nashville, TN. It's one of my favorite songs I've ever been apart of writing.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I'm working on my own EP that I'll be releasing this summer in 2021. I'm also working on two sound better projects and some music for Tank And The Banga's guitarist Danny Able.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes! Lea Cappelli is one of my best friends and best singer I've ever known. If you're looking for great strong vocals, definitely hire her!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: BOTH! I love analog and have access to tape machines, so any chance to use it, I jump on! :)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will always be thoughtful and caring with my work and approach to their art. As well as kind, patient, and a good listener with them directly.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to make music and do what I love everyday all while feeling helpful to others at the same time. It's the best feeling in the world to hear your ideas come to life and I'm so happy that I get to help facilitate that for people!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: If I can help them finish their songs (lyrics + melodies). My answer is always yes! :)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I have a "method" to how I do things, when in reality I start each project with a clean slate and no expectations for where it might go.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What their vision for the project is, any lyric ideas they want me to write about, any songs they want their project to sound similar to, any deadlines or time constraints.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be as clear about your vision as possible so that you can get as close to exactly what you want from your provider as possible.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender Strat, AC-30 Vox, Martin Acoustic, Aston Mic, 4-track Tascam
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started writing songs when I was 10 years old and started playing at open mics as a young teenager. I then went on to play shows around Los Angeles and got involved with songwriting for other artists. I spent a few years ghost writing for Hip Hop and R&B artists, Chris Brown, King Los, Kanye West, and Future. Working in this environment made me want to learn to produce and understand recording engineering. I now produce all my own music, as well as for other artists, and Film/TV.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Soul music dressed up in R&B, Rock, and Pop styles of production.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would absolutely LOVE to work with Frank Ocean. He inspires me so much with the worlds he creates in each of his songs. He also writes beautiful, poetic, vulnerable lyrics that I can find something new in each time I hear them. Writing with him would be a dream come true.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: F*ck it up
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B, Pop, Rock, Folk
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Songwriting and singing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try my best to bring high-quality sound along with character to help make the artistic ideas feel real and authentic. I'm also bring my voice (soft, honest), skilled songwriting abilities, and unique production sound.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For my typical songwriting and vocal recording projects, I start by finalizing the writing of the song (melody + lyrics). I then record the lead vocal and any harmonies and background vocals that are necessary to bring the song to it's fullest potential. I comp and edit my vocals to give the client the best possible performance. I make sure to provide professional, high-quality, well mixed vocals that they can easily work with as they move forward with their project. On the occasions when I also produce and/or mix for clients, I start by making sure I have a clear understanding of their vision for their music. I then record the necessary instrumentation, vocals, and sonic landscape. I make sure to stay in communication with my clients throughout the whole process to ensure they get what they want. Finally, if asked, I do the final mix, bringing the song to life.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently, I work in Logic Pro X and use an Apollo twin interface with KrK Rokit 6 monitors. I use an SM7 mic as well as an Orgin Aston mic. I have a Lowden GL-10 electric guitar, Gibson Les-Paul electric guitar, and a Taylor acoustic, along with an AC-15 Vox amp. I work out of a well insulated room, perfect for tracking clean vocals.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by Dangermouse, Greg Kurstin, Mark Ronson, Pharrell Williams, Robert Grasper, Erika Badu, Lauren Hill, St. Vincent, and so many others. These are just a few who I learn so much from when listening to their music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I most often record final vocals and write songs for clients.