Versatile Pop producer and songwriter that is not afraid to push the envelope. Projects for Warner Bros, UMG, and others.
I'm an LA based producer and songwriter with over 10 years of production experience. I have had the opportunity to work on projects like official remixes for Girl Talk/Freeway/Waka Flocka Flame, iLoveMakonnen, and Warner Bros' group L2M. I've licensed tracks for Universal Music Group (Killer Tracks) and for use in national ad campaigns for Dunkin Donuts and others. Won Best Sound/Music for my work on acclaimed horror film "Balloon" at FearNYC Film Festival, The Entity International Film Festival in Spain, and Horrific Film Festival in Cambodia.
Tracks that I have worked on have accumulated millions of streams.
I specialize in Pop and HipHop. In everything I do, I'm dedicated to giving it that edge to peak the interest of the listener, maybe even surprise them with something a bit off-kilter mixed in seamlessly with a clean and current track foundation. I love to dive in and try new things, new starting points, new vibes.
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Reviews (2)Endorse Connor Musarra
Connor is a genius! He brought my idea to life but not only that made amazing suggestions that made my song soar! Amazing energy,very knowledgeable, & knows what he is doing! I will be working with him again very soon! Thank you!
Connor is the best producer I’ve ever worked with. He has such a fantastic ear for melody and production. You’re in great hands with this incredible producer and writer.
Interview with Connor Musarra
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Rebecca Engelhardt: An extremely talented session vocalist and songwriter that I have worked with extensively.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: To be honest, the only argument that I can see in favor of analog over digital is either 1. nostalgia or 2. if a particular device or setup happens to harbor creativity more freely for a particular person than "in-the-box" solutions. But ultimately at this point you can achieve essentially the exact same outcomes digitally without the cost or headache of analog. That being said, I still appreciate analog solutions. I just don't see them as absolutely necessary unless for very specific circumstances.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that it's constantly changing and evolving. I love the journey. Every day is a new challenge.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, UAD Apollo Twin, Shure SM7B, Alesis V61 Keyboard, Fender Stratocaster guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was given Ableton Live at age 14 by my older brother (who is also a producer). That same year, I performed as an opening act for Girl Talk and Dan Deacon at Webster Hall in New York City: I was rapping over beats that I had created. Throughout highschool I was performing and DJing around the country, releasing music and opening for Girl Talk in several different cities. I went on my first tour at age 18. I then attended Berklee College of Music to study Electronic Production & Design. While at Berklee I started a record label and music publishing company with a classmate, harboring a roster of artists and producers. This company led to lots of opportunities including what led to my work with Warner, UMG, as well as our synch placements with Dunkin Donuts and others. All the while putting out records as a solo artist and doing official remixes. Now a few years out of school, I moved to LA about a year and a half ago and have been diving in deep into the production and writing scene, even into the film composition & sound design world as well.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A summation of my influences. Knocking drum grooves mixed with pop-writing sensibilities.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Julia Michaels because her writing style is so raw and relatable while still keeping it centered around memorable, catchy melodies.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: To give snares a nice widening effect, throw a stereo reverb with a very short release length on there.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Primarily Pop and I love to draw influence from HipHop and electronic.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to improvise while still keeping an analytical view on my work in the creative process.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An openness to possibilities. Music is about trying new things and seeing what sticks.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to lay down chords on piano or guitar into Ableton Live, layer a quick drum groove, and record a topline as quickly as possible while the inspiration is still fresh. Once a topline idea is solidified, I go back in on production and flesh it out into a full arrangement.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My Macbook Pro is the centerpiece of my setup. I have a pair of JBL monitors along with a UAD Apollo Twin, AKG C414 (with a Kaotica Eyeball), Alesis V61 Keyboard, Ableton Push, and a Korg Volca FM synthesizer.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production, Co-writing.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Why did you start making music? Who did you listen to growing up? Who are you listening to now? What do you envision as your ideal career trajectory as an artist?
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Neptunes, Timbaland, Max Martin, James Fauntleroy, Julia Michaels