Writing credits: A Great Big World, Tyler Perry, Glee, Macy Gray Arranging Credits: Allen Stone, NBC's The Sing Off, Macy Gray Tours: Roberta Flack, Dr John, Joss Stone, The Brand New Heavies, Laura Izibor
Honey Larochelle, a Canadian singer, songwriter, vocal arranger and vocal producer based in Hollywood, CA is a profoundly diverse vocal musician. In addition to recently touring as Brand New Heavies’ lead singer on multiple international tours, Honey has performed and collaborated with a multitude of artists, including Grammy-winning duo A Great Big World, Oscar-winning artist Jennifer Hudson, Joss Stone, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller, Dr John, and UK soul legend, Omar.
A prolific songwriter and vocal producer, Honey has worked on recordings with everyone from Macy Gray and Allen Stone to Donny Osmond. A Great Big World released their hit single "Already Home" co-written by Larochelle, on Epic records.
Honey proficiently dances between genres and has owned the motto “authenticity before conformity”. On her latest EP, HIJACK, Honey blends her soulful melodies over productions by Primal Luxe,Frank Royal, Snareophobe and Luxe Laredo to move us through a palate of sounds that lean towards grime, trap, drum and bass, moombahton and even some RnB.
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Interview with Honey Larochelle
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A Great Big World's new single "I Will Always Be There" I helped co-write and I produced directed and arranged the choir. It was released yesterday as an uplifting song during this Corona pandemic.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have a puppet band called The Fungineers and we have a kids show for adults on acid. Super raunchy, hilarious, psychedelic heavy bass, beat boxed loops, and puppet fun.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog sound. Digital speed.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Satisfaction. I'm not happy or getting paid until they are thrilled.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love working from home, cause I'm faster when I dont have to ask an engineer to stop or start. I love comping and editing. And I especially love hearing a finished project.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can or will you do this for exposure? I answer no.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How soon do you need it? what is your budget? whats the vibe/feeling/approach you're goin for? What is the BPM.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You don't have to know exactly what you want, but you should be able to describe the feeling you're looking for in one or two short sentences.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook, mic, duet, keyboard, speakers.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I got signed the first time when I was 17. at 19 I joined a girl group, at 23 I went solo and started an 11 piece funk band in NYC. At 24 I got my first world tour with the Brand New Heavies where I met Macy Gray. I signed to her label from 26-29 all the while touring with Soul legends to pay my bills. Roberta Flack took me under her wing in 2008 and through her I learned the most about musicianship, taste, sweetness and emotional manipulation through music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Eclectic, soulful, intricate
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I always dreamed of working with Missy 'cause she is the whole package. Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, India Arie these are the artists I enjoy the most.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Well I only produce vocals. When working with a singer, keep their energy up and mood positive. Be encouraging, let them know exactly where they went wrong and how close they are to achieving the goal.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Funk, Jazz, Soul, Rnb, Pop, Hip Hop, Reggae (Lovers Rock),
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Harmony, vocal production, comping, fast turnaround, instinctive vox.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring heart and soul to a song. And if needed, really beautiful, clever or edgy vocal arrangements.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: You send me a two track and demo I upload into a new session, and record the song. I always begin with Backgrounds, I build a nice arrangement and then cut a lead vocal. I have also done remote choir sessions with other voices I need to match to or blend with.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use an Aston Spirit Microphone, with Logic X and a Duet.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love Alabama Shakes, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Taurrus Riley, N'Dea Davenport, Ella Fitzgerals, and Eady Gormez.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record and arrange vocals. I specialize in funk, rock, soul, jazz, RnB, reggae and pop.