Touring musician. Shared the stage with Top acts such as.. Sara Bareilles, Zac Brown, Edwin McCain. Songs placed in commercials, movies, and radio.
Specializing in Songwriting, Producing, Jingles, Lyrics, Melody. Tenor. Top 40, Pop, R&B, Rock, Country.
Belmont University- Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Performance
UCLA- Master of Arts, Composition
John Lennon Songwriter of the Year contest winner. (Rock Category)
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Interview with Richey Lam
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Vocals, Lyrics, Jingles
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Prince, Billy Joel, Diane Warren, Stevie Wonder, The Beetles, Rick Rubin, Max Martin, ChainSmokers, John Mayer,
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Small Home studio, Keys, Mics, Guitars, Midi, Logic Pro X.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the project. If its lyrics- Focus on a theme. Melody- Sonically fits the lead vocal. Beats- Find the right sample/Song data base. Break down the song into sections and work them out.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Versatile skill set. Weather its lyrics, vocals, a catchy hook. Understanding other singers. How to bring the best in someones performance.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I love all kinds of music. Probably Melody and hook.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop/Rock/Hip Hop/ R&B/ Country
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Potato Chips- For any vocalist having a hard time warming up. If the Weather is cold or you're feeling sick or if you just don't have enough time to vocalize. Potato Chips are a life savor.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love new up and coming talent. People who are creative inspire me.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Authentic. It has to feel right. Even if I am dong a cover I will always find a way to put my signature on it, unless it for something specific.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Raised in Atlanta,GA. Undergrad in Nashville. Belmont University. Grad school at UCLA. Then college circuit, Toured Asia. Moved to Chicago. Currently in Austin, TX. 20 years exprience in the music industry.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Guitar, Piano, Mic, Laptop, DAWS....What else do you really need?!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Really think about what you are looking for..Take the time and listen to samples of their work. Listen to them live. Just because someone says they are talented and speaks well doesn't mean they understand your needs.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: TimeFrame and Expectations.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Being versatile is key. You have to have an understanding of all types of music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make me sound like beyoncé. Answer...No.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: being creative
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will give you my best. If I can't I will help guide you to the right direction.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I had to learn Analog when I was coming up. But Digital is the way. Adapt or die.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Song placements for commercials with my publisher.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: my new single.."BIG SEXY". I produced, mixed, performed everything on it. www.itunes.com/richeylam