I'm a producer, session player, vocalist, and artist. I record parts as a session player and help you produce amazing music with feeling. My groove is tight. My ear is ON. Production is <3. I'll guarantee the work or your money back. I've recorded in the studio with legends John Alagía and Mario Caldato Jr. Touring/playing 10+ yrs
Whatever your project is, I can lend you my ears and playing to help take your song to where you want it to go! If you need a little extra flavor of a certain instrument, or maybe some hip chords on the keys, or if your struggling with a bridge and need a part. I got you. I love working with musicians to find that magic part or hook that brings a song to life. I work out of my home studio in Denver or out of Side3 or Colorado Sound studio in Denver Colorado. You can hire me as a session player, producer, beat maker, or writer. I've done work as a professional recording engineer and mixer so I have the technical side to capture the parts, edit in all big DAWs, deliver a professional mix, and work with FX, plugs, tuning, etc. My turn-around time is typically 1-4 days after receiving a track. You can send me stems or a stereo bounce of the audio or protools/ableton sessions. We will discuss the vibe of what your after and the instruments your looking for and I'll lay it down and send you the stems and a stereo mix. If its songwriting/beat making, we will be in close contact and bounce ideas off each other until we find something that is great! If you want revisions on session work, I can do that. I'm here to get it right for you, so we will hash it out and make sure your getting the the right feel! As much detail and input you'd like to provide will be appreciated and heard.
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5 ReviewsEndorse Curtis Halle
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THE KING!!!!! Im so glad i met this fella. Outstanding quality work and a beautiful heart. We worked hand in hand to get the mix completed he was involved in the whole process which makes this so worth it and a lot more fun. I hope to work with you a lot more brother so until next time keep rocking -B4Lasers
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Awesome experience. Very talented producer and great taste to mix. Look forward to working with him again!
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Curtis was an absolute pleasure to work with- his song was awesome and he was a clear and timely communicator. I had a blast playing on his track and wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again, highly recommended!
Curtis is a diligent soundsmith, a strong musician and an impassioned artist all at once. Whether he’s producing, playing or creating, he brings his whole soul to his work. It’s always a gratifying experience to work with Curtis and to share his truly unique vision.
Curtis is one of the most intuitive musicians I've worked with. He has a sophisticated sense of melody along with an awareness of what works, what hooks a listener and ultimately helps to build an audience. As a producer, Curtis has a profound musical vision and the engineering skills to back it up. Most importantly, he works efficiently and keeps the good vibes going.
Interview with Curtis Halle
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both are cool for different reasons. My philosophy is that if the source is good, it really doesn't matter what you use. A good performance or a good part simply transcend any technical parameters you can place on it.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was really stoked to play and produce on my friend Zach Heckendorf's record Speed Checked by Aircraft. I love how it turned out sonically as an entire project. I'm also really proud of the single I just self produced and recorded.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on producing an acoustic electric track for a Brazilian songwriter. It should be pretty cool!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: B4 Lasers is an excellent mixing engineer!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that I'll do everything I can to make your project shine!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to make music with people!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Client: Can you... Me: Yes
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Working in music and production is all fun and games. While I love what I do more then anything..It still comes down to a lot of hard work to deliver professional sounding product. The hours of technical work, learning new tools, expanding music theory, is all very challenging and time consuming and hard to self schedule. But, at the end of the day, all that work is worth it when you can hit play and have your mind blown.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What feeling are you trying to convey? What textures do you want? what are the visuals? What instruments do you want? What artists do you like? What are your goals? That among others. Whatever is pertinent
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure its the right fit! I don't have an ego about my playing. If its right its right, if its not then no hard feelings. You should be thrilled to work with someone. Nothing less is acceptable.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An acoustic guitar, acoustic Piano, water filter, compass, and an upright bass
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing music since I was 7 or 8. I started on the drums, then piano, then guitar, and eventually picked up saxophone in college. I toured around the US with my friend Zach Heckendorf for 4 years then went to college and studied sustainable agriculture and music theory at the University of Vermont. I worked for a year at a studio in Vermont cutting my engineering chops. All the while I was honing my production skills on my own and with local artists and friends. I have since moved to Colorado where I make music full time and have just started a solo project under Curtis Hallé.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: In the pocket, and tasteful. Serves the song.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Also a vast list.. I'd like to work with Anthony Hamilton because he's such a nice guy and has such a calming presence. I feel like it would be a joy to work with him.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A quick an easy workflow will save you sooo much time. I have all my stuff plugged in and micd, so if I hear a part I can just pick up an instrument and lay it down. Too many times I've simply givin up on an idea just because I had to get up a put a mic up. Also, don't judge yourself, just put it down. You are enough.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All types! I go from folk, to blues, to jazz, to rap.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communicating emotion
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring feeling to a song. Sure, I get all the technical parts going and instruments and whatever were trying to go for, but then its time to forget all that and bring the feels. I strive for goosebumps.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It totally depends on the projects, but it usually involves me listening to the project a handful of times, taking notes and addressing the notes of the client, and then zone everything out and start laying down paint. Then I asses after a few hours, make my cuts, do all the clean up and professional prepping stuff, then send it back to the client for discussion.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a pretty sweet home studio setup with current versions of Protools and Ableton. I have an Audient interface with the console preamps, some nice mics, custom gear including my strat that I built, pretty much all the plugins, a baby grand Wurlitzer acoustic piano that sounds amazinggg, a couple basses, and various toys and fx you might expect to be hanging around a studio.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Sooo many.. I try to stay current with as much music as I can. I love the feel of the new Chance The Rapper stuff. I think Nineteen85 is doing really cool stuff with DVSN. I thought Lemonade was amazingly produced. I love the stuff the John Mayer is putting out. I love what Steve Lacey is doing with guitar and beats. I dig Tedeschi Trucks a lot. I love Ariana Grande, I love the new stuff that Common is doing. D'angelo is a go to. Russell Elevado is a rad producer. There's just way too much really..I could go on forever
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: These days I've been getting a lot of calls for session work. For example, a Hip Hop guy got in touch the other day and wanted me to cut some funkadelic guitar leads and a tight bass line for a track. I like that type of work. I'll send him stems and then we hash out if there needs to be other parts or changes. It usually goes really smooth with 1 revision if any. Other work I do includes making beats and songs for artists or commercial. I do some top lining and songwriting with artists as well where we work on parts over the web or in person and make a full track together. I really enjoy that process because creating together really makes the magic happen.