Calvin Scully aka ZHIKO. Producer/Songwriter and Lead Vocalist of Pop Duo 'Dakotah' with over 11 years experience. Top10, TV and film soundtrack. Logic Pro certified. Interested in projects regarding making releasable music. Love to turn rough demos to turn into radio ready hits.
With over 11 years experience in the music industry , I specialise in producing pop music and love creating melodic productions. Having written my own songs that have reached the Irish charts, I also specialise in writing and recording radio ready vocals. Check out my music videos as the lead vocalist and co producer of duo 'Dakotah' on Youtube
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31 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Calvin S (ZHIKO)
Calvin went above and beyond to produce vocals for me that were just what I wanted. I really appreciate him going the extra mile. His voice is great - I'm loving hearing him on my song - he understands pop and soul and his rhythm and melodic detail sit perfectly into the track. He also sent some ad lib vocals and extras for me to play with and they are amazing. Calvin is a talented singer and musician, and I hope to work with him again in the future! Thanks SO MUCH Calvin!!!
Out of 60 songwriters and vocalists, we choose Calvin, he knew what the track needed instantly and nailed it with his amazing voice and vibe. Will hire him again for sure :)
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Lovely working with Calvin as a singer for his track - really good music too!!
Exact same mindset as myself. Doing different shit that is super unique. Thanks for the awesome collaboration man.
Calvin is a great professional, and an absolute pleasure to work with! He did an amazing job on the vocals for my new single, and delivered chart topping vocals that with fit perfectly with my vision for the track. I will definitely be using Calvin's services again!
Calvin did an amazing job, exactly what I was after. Great to work with!
Calvin was an amazing vocalist to work with! He made my song really stand out with his vocals. He made every suggestion I said and even gave his professional opinion on what he thought would made the song sound better. He took his time perfecting it and really made something great.
Awesome vocalist, unique voice, fast delivering and professional working...definitely would recommend it!
Fantastic experience working with Calvin! He's very talented at what he does and very professional. I was amazed how the vocals came out, it put a totally different spin on my song. AWESOME! Great at collaborating too!!
Highly recommended, will definitely use Calvin again. Thanks Bud!
One of the best I´ve worked with here on soundbetter! I would recommend to everyone to work with him. Very nice and really talented singer with a great voice and good ideas. Every revision was delivered immediately.
I will definitely come back to him very soon!
It was really nice to worked with Calvin. He's efficient and gave us a good quality vocal. Fast and pro, I recommend to hire Calvin.
Calvin its AMAZING! He know exactly what you need for your track! Its really a pleasure work with him! Supertalented, amazing voice, professional and fast! Hope to work with him again soon!
Calvin did his best to help with our project! The song we finally received was exactly what we'd been looking for. And he'd get to me on every step from verses to chorus to hear the feedback. His voice is also soo good! Not to mention he was super responsible all the time - which is also so much appreciated! 10/10
Quick responstime, quick delivery and the result was amazing! Highly recommend Calvin! :)
Very fast and professional work! Calvin has a clean voice that´s suitable for many kinds of music genre! Really good at collaborating as well!
great writer & vocalist - very dedicated to the project, worked with my initial ideas, offered great suggestions & took the song to a new level. Offered a lot of great material to work with.
I highly recommend to work with him!!!
Cool guy, great vocal range. I had two other singers take a crack at my song, and both of them under-delivered. I brought it to Calvin and he did an amazing job.
If you are looking for someone who understands immediately what you are looking for, Calvin is your man, for sure!! Thanks to his talent, he will be able to give you what you need, probably without revisions. Calvin is a "one shot man"!
It was a pleasure to work with him.
SUPER pro, couldn't be happier. Calvin is a fantastic collaborator, brought a lot more to the table than I could have hoped for. Looking forward to working together again!
Simply put, Calvin is a creative machine: insert the vision, out comes magic. Thanks again Calvin.
Calvin is a true professional, he's really passionate about vocals and you can immediately sense it when you hear the results you get from him. Not to mention the beautiful lyrics and toplines!
Recommended for everyone.
Calvin was a joy to work with. Punctual and passionate, he really brought my project to life and I look forward to working with him in the future!
Amazing first experience on SoundBetter with Calvin. I definitely made the good choice.
Calvin has a real talent as a writer and has an incredible voice. He works quickly, kept me informed of his progress and understood what I asked him to do.
I highly recommend him for your project.
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Calvin is a real cool client, straight forward and knows what he wants: the best kind! 5 stars
It was a pleasure to work with Calvin - he works very quickly and deliver me a strong and nice vocal! :)
Working with Calvin was great from start to finish.
He gave me a great production value and was really able to capture what I envisioned my song to sound like. He is highly professional, highly skilled and was extremely patient and understanding throughout the entire process, despite the many changes that I asked for. There was never a lag in his response time and he always had something better for me to listen to. He listen to my feedback in order to produce what I wanted. A+ Experience!
Calvin has been absolutely fantastic to work with. He really goes the extra mile for his clients! He turned my demo into a superb quality radio ready track ! I cannot recommend this guy enough! Will definitely be getting him for future projects!
Fantastic experience from a fantastic musician! This is the guy for any and all of your accompaniment track needs. I was being a big pain with little things that I wanted altered or added and Calvin delivered in every form and fashion! And all within an amazing time frame. I look forward to my future projects with him. I highly recommend!
Calvin is an excellent professional vocalist, with unique preforming skills and tone. He responds very fast and he can add that extra magic touch to the track that makes a good song a hit.
Calvin has been professional and very easy to work with on my project. He took my ideas and built upon them and offered suggestions to improve the song and recording. I am very pleased with Calvin's work and would definitely recommend him!
Of course there are a lot of keyboard player sround here, but when I look for someone who could play on my production I always look for that magic. Calvin has that magic, that turnend my song into something special.
Played exactly what I has in mind,. And delivered a quick turnaround. I can highly recommend this talented guy,
Interview with Calvin S (ZHIKO)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am quite proud of the song i produced when i was in the duo Stage One. It was called ' Chance with Me' and had huge success within Ireland.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now i am working on a theme song for a world famous production company who are creating a new show.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: If you are looking for a Top vocalist I would highly recommend Tiffany Fred, as I am a huge fan of her songwriting skills and voice.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I have forever used digital as i create custom synths as well as replicate popular sounds, so definitely digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to only take on board a track if i really believe it i something i can make great. If i feel it would be better to refer you to a more suited producer, I will. I wont take on a project just to make money.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music , so obviously to be able to work with this is amazing!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will a project take. It really depends on how far the project is and what state its at.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sometimes people will email me to master projects , i mix projects but very rarely master :)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Id like to know exactly what way they want the finished project to sound like! Even if its vague!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you're looking for me to do a project regarding vocals don't be shy to show me a work in progress because that what I'm here to help with!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MY MACBOOK, My microphone, my phone, Food obviously, and a power supply? :P
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: So I'm a self taught musician starting from the early age of 4 and had a natural ear for music. As a self taught pianist/keyboardist and Music Producer . In 2009 I started hitting the airwaves at the age of 15 with my release of 'Torn apart' A dance track that was picked up and playlisted on radio station 2FM by presenters Ruth Scott and Damian Farrelly which made it number one on numerous national download sites.Then touted as Ireland's answer to Cascada , Yann Peifer of Cascada showed keen interest and support. I've had song placements on many TV shows in Ireland ,Portugal and Australia. After many years of Studying and perfecting my Production skills,In 2013 I Formed a Pop duo called Stage One with fellow duo member Ovié Etsyetsé who is also a Singer/Songwriter and one of Ireland's highly sought after and talented Music Video Directors. Combining our talents, we released our Debut single and Music video on VEVO ,which was released on Irish Airwaves in 2013 and were support act for JLS and Kodaline.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Justin Bieber meets EDM
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ariana Grande because her vocal flexibility is next to none.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Start slow and don't add unnecessary/irrelevant things to the mix. Give the mix time to breathe and it will come together itself.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually its Mainstream/Chart pop! Its can range to dance and EDM and sometimes i create soundtracks :)
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is most likely melody writing, i love the moment when ive created a nice emotional melody, i think one of most important parts of a song is the melody, but obviously every part is important!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can sum this up in one word, I'm a perfectionist. If i think a song ive written is 'ok' i wont use it. I keep going until what i've written moves me in some way, then you know its gonna be good :)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on what Im doing of course. If its songwriting usually i come up with the concept , leave that and then try to create a really catchy/melodic hook. I am for emtional melodies good rhythm and pop based chords.Then the process just flows naturally.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My equipment ranges from 2 mac monitors with m-audio interfaces and state of the art mis including my new addition the MXL genesis, which is a little gem :)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin is my idol, perfect example of a superstar producer!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Songwriting, Vocals For Demos, Mixing, Full Production and Demo transformation!