Songwriter & Session Musician
Songwriting is my art, my passion, my purpose. I'm also a classically trained pianist and have played on countless records throughout all genres of rock and pop, most notably working with Bad Company lead-singer Brian Howe. My love for songwriting helps me to approach songs tastefully, adding layers that help take the song to the next level.
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Interview with Luke Davids
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My second album "Let Love" is very near and dear to my heart. It marked the turning point in my songwriting career where I decided that I wanted everything I put out into the world to be uplifting in some way. My role was songwriter, co-producer and playing the majority of instruments on the record (piano, guitar, keys, vocals, BGVs, post-production).
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My third album release and scoring for film & TV.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital for ease, Analog for quality. Nothing like the sound of recording to tape if you got the $$$.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to do what I love on a daily basis.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do your research - listen to examples and make sure it's right for your project.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started working as a session musician in Orlando, FL immediately after graduating high school. Continued doing that while landing a full-time gig as a performer at Walt Disney World. I played keys and sang in a band that covered anything people wanted to hear (Beatles, Rolling Stones, 80's, Funk etc) - I worked there from 2010 - 2015. During this time I was also writing and releasing my own original music which I continue to do to this day.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop / Singer-Songwriter
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Songwriting and pianist
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My vast knowledge of music theory balanced out by my passion for songwriting. (I attended a classical conservatory in London, England called 'The Purcell School' as a young child and continued studying privately into my teens.)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically I will listen to the song a few times, chart it out and start doing a few takes. It's usually pretty apparent what would serve the song best. I then go back through with the track tucked below the mix as it would be in the final mix and make sure it's adding and not distracting from the song in general. Then once I know it's the final take I go through and do any necessary tweaking or quantizing if requested by the client.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work from my Nord Stage 2 EX 88 Key utilizing the highest quality samples around (Native Instruments, Ivory and Logic Pro).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Piano tracks for singer-songwriter style songs. Adding extra layers of strings / pads / textures is also a common request.