Orange County based Singer/ Songwriter, and electronic music producer, specialising in Pop, Electronic, and R&B stylings.
Warrick Runnels, better known by his stage name, St. War, is an up and coming Singer/Songwriter, and Producer in Southern California. His background is in Pop, Jazz, Electronica, and R&B, and he has been featured in many collaborations including the track, "Love Down Low" by popular Bass Music producer, Carbin. St. War's diverse musical background has given him the ability to sing in multiple musical styles, and produce accordingly, making him the perfect fit for anyone in need of moving vocals, inspired lyrics, and/or smooth electronic production.
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Interview with St. War
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Got to work with a popular producer named Carbin on a track called "Love Down Low". I wrote, performed and recorded the vocals for it! What was fun about this track was how beautifully the hook came together: It was one of those AHA moments that make all the grinding worth it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: SO. MANY. THINGS.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I like to build some level of relationship with my clients: even if it's not much! I am a perfectionist, and because of this I promise that you will receive only my best work, and that there will be communication throughout the entire process!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The ability to create worlds through music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you charge for your services? Yes I do! This is my career! However, since like many others I am just starting out and trying to build up a fanbase, I understand how tight funds are and am perfectly willing to work with my clients.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I just hit buttons on a computer ;P
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your vision for this track? Who's your Audience? What reach do you hope to achieve with this track?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Even if its not necessarily my genre, shoot me a message! I love to work on things outside of my comfort zone, and we might make some magic together.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: yikes. Are speakers and cables included? ;P Nord Stage 3 88 key (god its beautiful), My Laptop, Ableton Push, TC Helicon Voicelive Touch 2, and the Shure Sm7B Dynamic Mic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been in music for about 12 years, and seriously pursued it as a career in the last six months. I initially went to school for Cultural Anthropology because I wanted to get outside of my own cultural context and learn about the world. After some deep soul searching however I decided that I might as well pursue my passion now until its too late!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is heavily beat driven, and as such, I tend to write lyrics that complement or syncopate to that beat. I'm in love with unconventional chord progressions such as 7th and 9th chords so you'll hear a fair amount of that in my current writing.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jon Bellion hands down. He's one of the few artists whose creative process resonates with the way that I create. I love his passion, his clever and honest lyricism, and how every track he creates is truly a musical masterpiece.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Organisation is one of the keys to really great production. This allows you to know how and why certain things react in a certain way, and improve the troubleshooting process exponentially.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Multiple kinds including EDM, Pop, and Trap, but my preferred style tends to be soulful electronic music. Think Flume.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Top Line Melody Writing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I would consider my forte to be in the area of lyrics, and melody writing. I love a hook you can really sink your teeth into because 90% of the time thats what listeners are going to walk away remembering. My vocal style is somewhere along the lines of Charlie Puth in range, but with elements of jazz and soul.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically I start with a hook and a beat, and build the song around that. If I'm not working my day job, I'm producing, so the turnaround is generally pretty quick.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently I am working with a Rode NT1 Studio Condenser running through a focusrite scarlett 4i. I produce on Logic Pro X and Ableton Live with software primarily from Celemony, and Native Instruments.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Right now my top five artistic inspirations are Jon Bellion, Charlie Puth, James Arthur, Disclosure, and Gawvi
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Vocal Collaborations (songwriting, performance, and recording)