Rock loving, melody pumping, music producing madman. How's that? I love melodies in music, harmonies and grit. Great lyrics, nothing predictable. I can make it sound great.
Ryan Burton was born and raised in Winnipeg MB Canada and started playing guitar at age 11. Ryan Burton played bass in a hip Montreal Canada based band I.C. RED and honed his chops in studio with people like Frank Marino (from Mahogany Rush) as well as thousands of hours spent recording with his I.C. RED bandmate (former Aquarius/EMI Artist) VANN – Robert van Blokland. Burton has shared stages with the likes of Glass Tiger, Honeymoon Suite, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Sass Jordan, Amanda Marshall, The Tea Party, The Doughboys, Sue Medley, Wild T & The Spirit, Too Many Cooks, World on Edge, & more (most artists mentioned are successful in Canada mainly). (Ryan) Burton worked in the radio industry for 15 years and was brought to the US by Cumulus Media in 2003 working in Macon, GA. Contact me and I'll get right back with you.
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Interview with Ryan Burton
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My music. Always working on something. As we say in hockey "always keep your feet moving".
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Tom Dupuis III (he is a drummer, excellent).
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It's perfect. Analogue was attempting to be digital. We have arrived with Digital. Love it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Love it or full refund.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do best with rock. Or acoustic music. Focused now on newer production tricks found in pop music today.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Yamaha H8 Monitors, Yamaha HS8S 8" Powered Studio Subwoofer, Pro Tools 12, MacBook Pro 2015 Laptop, Gibson Guitars, Vox Amps, Fender Basses, Takamine Acoustics, Rhode, Sennheiser, AKG Mics, Tama Drums, Midi Set Up & Many Plugins.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it is magic. Music production is hard work, mixed with trial and error.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been in music for 36 years. In bands since my early teens. Can't stop. Might as well help others.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Can you play to a click? Are you open to new ideas? How much recording have you done? Can you show me something you have produced?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I can help you understand what you need. And If I can help, I will, if not, I will tell you what you need.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer (Pro Tools) Mic, Acoustic, Monitors lol.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Work horse. I am not impressed by much, except work ethic. The Beatles already happened. You (or I) are not the Beatles. Get over yourself and get to work.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love Death Cab For Cutie. The list here could be long.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Edit to perfection (or close). And release it. Then move on. But don't release things that are not great. People are listening.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Arrangement, building a song so it really pops. Editing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The song. I find the tempo, find the strong pieces, edit and build. I was also in radio for 15 years, so I simply know what a great songs sounds like.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Record a raw track. Edit the heck out of it. Arrange, change tempo, move things all over the place. Essentially re compose the song, then I re do everything. Essentially record the song we have now composed. So an artist comes over (or delivers me a track...guitar, vocals) to a click track. And I work the heck out of it.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love a great song with great production. I love perfection. Everything Ed Sheeran is doing right now is about right by me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My home studio. But anywhere is just fine :)