Music producer, sound designer, songwriter from Brooklyn NY. My pieces have reached number 1 on HypeM, placed in Spotify Editorial Playlists, spun by top DJs and used in advertisements for Spotify, Abercrombie & Fitch and many others.
Hi there! I have been been producing, writing, mixing and recording for 15 years. I'm comfortable producing many different styles however electronic pop, indie pop and modern R&B are where my heart lies. Also love making a good underground dance banger :) I work out of uefo Studios in Williamsburg Brooklyn where I can record and produce your songs in person or remotely.
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55 Reviews - 10 Repeat ClientsEndorse Michael Banks
Michael is a great producer, who’s really dedicated to your project and bringing you best he has to your work. He’s a great listener and has a good understanding of what sounds good together. He takes in your vision, suggestions, and references and goes above and beyond, making sure you are happy with the end result. I highly recommend him.
Amazing as always! I highly recommended to work with Michael!
Another great session with Mich. Always a pleasure working with you.
Another great work with Michael! Amazing!
Michael was awesome. He's very knowledgeable about not only engineering, but also music and composition as well and provided notes and suggestions that lead to the song sounding better. He's a really great guy and was a pleasure to work with. He didn't waste any time, and moved through the project very fluidly. Will definitely be be booking time with him again soon. He's the man.
Mike does a fantastic job, soup to nuts, on lots of tracks for me. They vary in style, tempo and feel, but he has an ability to quickly identify the vibe I am going for, and then apply his own creative touch to the track. He is terrific at helping with composition, sound design, vocal edits/writing. He applied all of these skills to this track. Great work - recommend!
Great experience wit Michael! He help me a lot with my production!
Michael is a true pro! He and I worked on my song for two hours to make sure it was just right. Will def work with him again.
I could not have a chosen a better producer to work with! Michael is super talented and patient. You give him the direction, he'll make it happen but he can also provide his creative input if you wish. I look forward to working with Michael again!
Fine talent and attention to detail.
Great engineer and has ears for tuning as well. Still gonna work with him on more projects to come. Thanks Mich!
I had another successful session with Mich. Highly recommended him.
Listen to some of the tracks he's worked on, Michael is amazing. Super professional, very attentive to feedback. Learned a lot working with him on my project. We come from different creative directions, but in the end working with him was very fun
always a pleasure working with Michael
This was my second project with Michael. He mixed a song he produced for me earlier in the year. He made the beat sound even sicker. I gave him some references and initial notes at the start. First draft back was great. Revisions and tweaks were made super quick and exactly how I envisioned them. Like the last time we worked together, Michael was patient and a great communicator. Excellent producer and mix engineer.
It was a real pleasure working with Michael again, I strongly recommend him.
Michael is always super flexible and happy to work with your schedule. He has helped make these 2 tracks sound epic! Thank you :)
I had a pleasant session with Michael. Very talented engineer, professional and clear communication. I can’t wait to work with Mich on my next project and can’t recommend him enough. It’s a pleasure working with him.
If you are ever struggling to finish a track Michael is your man. He’s super talented and incredibly easy to work with, he will have your track sounding just how you want it in no time.
great communication, fast and easy to work with, great mixing skills!!
So enjoyable working with Michael. Always so efficient and reliable with his time and his word. The guy was so accommodating and I can't wait to work with him again. 5 stars!
Michael is an amazing producer, very creative and incredibly easy to work with.
Oh wow, I don’t know where to start.. the most important part is patience.. and this Michael, he did every single note that I ask with pleasure and love.. and the results are great and professional! Thanks Michael, I’ll definitely come back to work with you in the soon future!
Michael always understands how to tackle mixdowns really well and is very easy to communicate with!
Michael was super professional and excellent at communicating. He surpassed my standards and gave me an amazing final product. Would definitely hire again! :)
Michael really brought my song to life and made it sound just like I envisioned. He is great to communicate with - fast to reply and always made sure we were on the same page creatively. Always stuck to deadlines. He had helpful suggestions for the song and really delivered when it came to executing my goals for the track. Would definitely work with him again!
Michael was great to work with! Easy going and on time. We had a great 2 hr session. No time wasted!
Working with Michael was a great experience. He was really knowledgable and was able to to turn my song into something that sounded legitimate and professional. Apart from his skill on the production side, Michael also had great musical ideas, and was able to re-shape my song for the better. I would definitely recommend working with him!
Michael has been fantastic to work with. He is very easy to communicate with and knows exactly how to tackle your project! I highly recommend him.
Michael is very quick at coming back with great ideas. Def going to work with him in the future.
professional as always! recommend!!!
Projected exactly what I wanted. Good to work with and very creative.
great mixdown with vocals!
Amazing job...did my remix very quickly and it sounded awesome
Michael was super timely and delivered EXACTLY what i was looking for!
Amazing and understanding producer! Highly recommend for those new to the music scene!! He definitely captures what you’re looking for :)
Great producer & very talented.
Great work -- Michael is a good musician, and thorough. Very pleased .
Michael is great to work with! He's very communicative and does an excellent job for whatever the task may be! Definitely will be working with him again :)
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Clear vision of what he wants to accomplish! Great structure and hooky melodies.
Michael is an absolutely incredible producer, artist, and person. For the time we worked together, he was the epitome of professionalism, friendliness, and enthusiasm. I told him my ideas for the songs, and he understood my vision and exactly what I was going for right away. He's extremely experienced and well-versed technically, but also creatively and with what he brings to the process. Michael was a joy to work with, and got the tracks to us so quickly. He's so talented, and just incredible!
This guy knows sounds. Compression is clean. Mix is tight. Just be clear and concise up front with what it is you want and he will take it there.
Michael is a very talented music producer/engineer. He has the right work mentality and ethics! He helped bring my project to a new level and I really enjoyed working with him!
Michael is a great guy to work with! Very helpful and knows exactly what he's doing. Definitely will be working with him more in the near future!
Working with Michael has been amazing! His professionalism and talent really brought the sound i wanted to life! Can't wait to work with him again!
It is absolutly professional to work Michael. He understands your idea, has a great Feeling for Music and works on time. Fun work and hopefully not the last time to work together
I hired Michael to create a house remix for one of my songs (Give Me More) and he exceeded my expectations! He added his own identity to the song and created an amazing overall vibe. Definitely recommend him to anyone looking for amazing quality and skills!
I will hire him in the future to create more magic together!
Always love working with Michael. Completely efficient and reliable. Such a pleasure and look forward to doing more with him.
Always love working with Michael. Completely efficient and reliable. Such a pleasure and look forward to doing more with him.
Mike is a top class producer, and works very efficiently too. His ideas are great and his knowledge in his genre is phenomenal.
Working with Michael has been one of the greatest experiences in my life. The way he developed the project was professional, clean and fun. In addition, it makes you feel in an atmosphere of confidence and relaxation. The connection I had with him when designing and putting together ideas about music and lyrics was natural. Definitely any expectation that I got to have, he surpassed them by a lot.
Working with Michael Banks has been one of the most natural collaborative experiences I have had as a singer / songwriter. In addition to being a skilled and eclectic sound designer, Michael has very sharp songwriting and conceptual instincts. Without a doubt, I have made the best music with him in my time as a musician.
Michael is a very dedicated producer, highly organized and easily adaptable. He genuinely cares about not only the success of the tracks, but also the success of the artists that he works with. He did a wonderful job producing my single and I'd recommend Michael without hesitation.
Mike is a very talented and edgy producer always open to the artist's suggestions and help them to get the sounds they really want or give them something better instead.
Capable of turning ideas into music real quick, his final works are always in high quality and his fun to work with.
Mike worked with my music startup, Motion Traxx, for 5+ years. Mike is a talented producer who works quickly, understands tasks accurately, and anticipates what has to be done next. Mike quickly learned our methodology for creating soundtracks, and the tools we used. He delivered high quality work with short lead times. Highly recommend him.
Interview with Michael Banks
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro, Phonon SMB-02 Headphones, Elektron Analog Heat, A fully weighted keyboard and sunblock.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly work on producing singles, albums and EPs to completion as well as assist on songwriting.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think many people do not realize the time, energy and focus it takes to make a truly great song. That is why my price sometimes scares people!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making music everyday, of course!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I won't take a project that I don't think I can deliver on, ultimately I want you and I both to be happy and proud of the work we did.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a cozy studio in Williamsburg Brooklyn I work out of thats perfect for recording vocals, producing tracks or working on a mix. My setup is mostly digital save for an Analog Heat and an Ableton Push 2.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Sound design; Crafting an interesting sonic signature for your tracks. Next up would be my melody / harmony creation skills
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I like most genres but my heart lies in edgy electronic sounds, soulful voices, gospel chords and well crafted pop toplines.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Setting up my Williamsburg studio to be completely stream ready so I can live stream production and recording sessions.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'd have to say that would be Chordashian. I started it with my friend Felix with no hopes of really doing much and it turned out to be some of the best music making in my life. We both had pretty much the same role, producing, writing and I even sang a few songs!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There's honestly a new one every day, through Spotify and platforms like this have shown me how much talent there is out there!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically I try to get as much information from the artist or client as possible up front such as references, expectations for the project, budget and deadlines. From there we come up with a plan that works for what you need and the sound you want to achieve. Once that's agreed upon, I start to work on my end (often solo but if you're in New York then sometimes in person) and we take it from there.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: All of my years production experience and technical knowledge, but most importantly I bring a pair of ears that have heard many different genres and sounds over the years that can give your song that last 10% that makes a song go from good to great.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't forget to check your mix in mono ;)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Organic and synthetic, plastic and dirt. A powered down machine covered in vines.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My family is extremely musical; My father is a percussionist who graduated with a masters from Manhattan School of Music, my brother a gifted pianist and bassist and my sister a violist and singer. With all that talent in the family it was inevitable that I would be making music as well. I started playing guitar at 8 years old but it wasn't til I discovered electronic music at 13 that I knew it was my path. Soon after that, I started DJing in New York and quickly moved there after high school to immerse myself completely. I met some amazing friends and collaborators who I would go on to start some successful projects with in the electronic dance music world resulting in some well received releases, touring and local buzz. In my mid twenties the projects were winding down as we all went to do our own separate things. I then opened up a studio in Williamsburg Brooklyn where I work out of to this day, helping artists achieve their sound.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would say the most important thing is to manage expectations. Not every song can be turned into a #1, no matter how much production or money you throw at it. Almost anyone asking me to make them a "hit" will most likely be disappointed, no matter what I or any other provider can do.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What their goal is with the music and what pieces of my music made them reach out to me.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can you do it for cheaper?" - Yes, but you get what you pay for. This is to say that if I'm doing it cheaper, I will only be able to dedicate so many hours.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both are great.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Gosteffects is a great engineer and all around swell dude. Plus he's got the all the synths you'll need!