Award winning Pianist, Producer, and songwriter from the UK, living in Los Angeles
Custom productions, songwriting, hooks, string arrangements, instrumentals, orchestral and piano versions
Film scoring, jingle making and Music Notation services
"This is the FINEST pianist you will ever hear" - Mark Pinkus - Rhino Records
"So many moments of brilliance!..Congratulations" - Jim Steinman
"..These productions by Zak Lloyd, are simply brilliant state-of-the-art- works" - The Mac Wire
You brought my music to life" - Jim Steinman
"YOU are the BEST pianist i have ever heard... nobody plays like that! .." - Marty Panzer
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Reviews (8)Endorse Zak Lloyd
I've heard several of Zak's projects and he has a great ear for production, excellent attention to detail and groove. If you're looking for someone to make your songs sound like they belong on the radio, Zak Lloyd is your guy. Good guy and very personable which is sometimes hard to find among the creative. Get him on your team before your can't afford him anymore!
Zak not only is a great guy but he's extremely versatile in his specialties. His piano arrangements are one of a kind and production exceeds many. You definitely want to work with him!
Zak is one of my favorite people to work with. He really knows how to individualize a sound for someone and maintain an artist's integrity. He also works extremely fast, which is amazing when you have a project on your hands that needs a quick turnaround. I'm based in LA, and he's still the person I email first when I need production or arrangements. He is extremely professional and talented!
Zak did a fantastic job producing Tyce Green's Steinman album "Hero" and also "The Vagabond", my co-written English version of the 23-year old Swedish hit "Vandraren" by million-selling Swedish ethno rock duo Nordman. He gave the English version a contemporary electronica sound, and also added many clever melody twists to the arrangement and vocals. Highly recommended!
I use Zak to produce all my demos. It's amazing what he can hear from just a small sample of singing and an acoustic guitar. Very professional and a great work ethic that makes me feel part of the production from beginning to end. I have have 6 songs produced with Zak in the last 5 months and Intend on using him much more for all my future music
Love working with Zak. He makes the prettiest of piano parts and comes up with gorgeous string arrangements. I met Zak in L.A and will continue to hire him for all my productions
I use Zak for all my keyboard parts. I am in the UK and he is based in America and makes the process so easy. I just tell him what i want and he comes up with concise parts that are memorable and feel like they have always existed!
Viirtuoso piano player and even better producer!! We are very happy clients and will be working again with Zak again for the follow up album!!!!
Interview with Zak Lloyd
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Haim, Bruno Mars, Ryan Adams, Walk The Mooon Sting, John Mayer, Toto, Steve Lukather, Jim Steinman, Daft Punk, The 1975.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently Produced a number of Major Label artists from the UK, Wrote songs, co wrote, mixed ,arranged and recorded all instruments. Artists including Megan O'neill, Kerri Watt, Leona Lewis, Keane, Scouting for Girls, Into The Ark.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently producing a number of acts in Los Angeles and London, HAve just signed up with 2 new bands from New York to produce and I continue to work with fantastic emerging artists in the LA Area
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to honor the integrity of your music and work hand in hand with you
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to co-create something that didnt exist the day before!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much for XYZ - My answer is, every song, client and piece of music is totally different and all i want to do is make my customers happy, so we work within budget
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anybody can do this job, where as it takes years of experience and training!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: If you are looking for a specific sound then please provide references and what it is in the reference you love. e.g.." This coldplay song is great, i really love how the drums sound"
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have faith in your song and faith in what i can bring to your art.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My piano, a guitar, macbook and a mic! Oh and a generator to power everything!!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: full time since i was 16 years old. I started as a session pianist in the UK and went on to become a music director for a number of international entertainment companies, which took me around the world. I have been residing in the USA for the past 2 years where i continue to work with artists all over the world. Thank God for the internet!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Deep, Layered, Hooky and ballsy
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Mayer - such a wonderful writer
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: use your ears, not your eyes.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: ANYTHING from classic rock to orchestral, folk to EDM
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Production, Piano, Harmony
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Character, Depth, Signature, Arrangement and instrumental hooks
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually a client sends a rough version of a song and attaches a few refferences tracks that they like certain elements of. I then consult the client with my production ideas and produce either remotely, with skype or in person
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: High end mac pro set up, Running Logic. Steven Slate plugins, Waves, Native Instruments. A yamaha c3 grand piano. Hammond b3. Fender Rhodes. Multiple synths, guitar and other instruments. Slate VMS microphones.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Full productions of songwriter demos. Piano arrangements. String arrangements. Jingles, alternative versions of songs etc etc