Liam McCollum

Vintage Acoustic Piano

14 Reviews (13 Verified)
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Acoustic upright piano service specialising in pop, rock, alternative genres and more. Unlimited revisions included.

Liam McCollum. Professional session musician based in the UK. Hold a BA in Music Technology and a Masters in Music from the University of Huddersfield. I'm a versatile musician and can follow specific instructions/musical examples, feel free to contact me and I'll see if I can help you out with your project!

Piano is a fully reconditioned/restored Yamaha U3 from the 1970s. I looked at around 25-30 U3s from many dealerships and settled on this one. It possesses an iconic sound that would sound great on pop, rock, blues, and many other genres. Listen to the samples and see what you think.

Microphones are a pair of Oktava MK12s that possess Cardiod, Omni and Hypercardiod functions. These are plugged into a PreSonus Studio 26 interface (great pre-amp!) which goes into a macbook pro. I'd recommend Cardiod for an in-your-face sound that can cut through a busy mix, and Omni for a more raw but very full rounded sound. I can tweak the recording techniques to suit your tastes and mix.

Price is per track up to 3 minutes long. Doesn't include solo pieces, please message me about those. I don't edit but I will provide you with something that will be great to work with in the studio, then it's down to you to make those decisions.

I'll endeavour to provide what you're looking for and will work around the clock to achieve that, thanks for stopping by!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

14 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by keith k.

    Liam did an amazing job on my song. Besides his in the pocket playing, the piano he records on is warm and vibrant. I plan on getting his input on more material in the future.

  2. Review by Joshua Y.

    Talented player. Professional and very nice. Great experience working with him.

  3. Review by Gabriel B.

    Liam is super professional.
    Easy to comunicate with and very fast!!!
    I'm gonna work with him again

  4. Review by Joan S.

    Liam is such a professional and honest person. It was the first time I worked with him and the experience has been very positive. I look forward to work with him again in future projects.

  5. Review by James Nagel

    Liam is a pro all the way around. He goes above and beyond to make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for. His communication and prompt response is impeccable which mirrors his superb piano skills. I highly recommend him!

  6. Review by Gordon

    Third song working with Liam. Once again he worked hard to get the performance just right and delivered excellent sounding tracks. Great experience.

  7. Review by Gordon

    Great follow up service. Needed to add a small lead-in fill to his piano part, and Liam turned it right around and delivered a beautiful stereophonic track.

  8. Review by Gordon

    Fantastic piano player - happy to make changes and work hard to get the part just right and delivered very good quality files. His piano sounds great. Enjoyed working with him.

  9. Review by Oliver R.

    I needed some piano for a track, and Liam provided with a quick turnaround. He makes sure you get what you need and is great to work with.

  10. Review by Tonio
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    Working with Liam McCollum was an honor and a great pleasure to me!
    I recorded violin lines (arco and tremolo) for his stunning cover remake.
    I'd be very glad working with Liam again!
    Thanks loads!

  11. Review by Zooey

    Working with Liam has been awesome--he's very versatile and is a great communicator and has been a ton of fun to collaborate with. Looking forward to hiring him again in the future!

  12. Review by Josh Seawell

    Liam is fantastic to work with! Great communication, quick delivery and provides a truly great piano sound.

  13. Review by Angelo

    Epic job Liam!

  14. Review by Chris I.

    Liam was professional throughout the process and laid down a solid piano track. Even went above and beyond creating two versions to give options.

Interview with Liam McCollum

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: Piano Tracks

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine (Loveless), The Cure, Lou Reed, Bowie, Radiohead, Tool, Mastodon... I try to find a new album every week just to gradually expand my musical horizons.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: 1970s Yamaha U3, fully reconditioned. A pair of Oktava MK 12s with 3 different Mic Caps - Cardioid, Omni and Hypercardioid. I record this on to my macbook then play it back in my studio through a pair of Genelec monitors. My piano is in a separate room to my studio which has a concrete roof and plenty of space, providing a sound-friendly environment.

  7. Q: What's your typical work process?

  8. A: Listen and record.

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. A: It's normally based on what my client is looking for. Normally they have a good idea, then if not

  11. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  12. A: Pop, Rock, Alternative and Art Rock.

  13. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  14. A: Don't edit too much, let the music breathe.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Easy listening; a bit bluesy with a touch of classical.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: Improvisation.

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: Studied Music Technology at undergrad before getting my Masters in Music. There was a strong performance focus in my undergrad degree, and I realised that through collaborating with other musicians that I I've been doing this professionally for about a year and a half and have really been enjoying it.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Generator, oil well (to power the generator), netflix, beer and a piano

  23. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  24. A: Pick somebody who has a good sound, good rep

  25. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  26. A: If they have something in mind then normally I ask for some musical examples which can be very helpful.

  27. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  28. A: To not quit until you're 100% happy.

  29. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  30. A: I love getting great feedback more than the money. Maybe that's not the best approach but I'm at the early stages of my career so I think building a good reputation will serve me well in the long run.

  31. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  32. A: In terms of piano, I love the real thing. It can make a real difference in terms of having a strong presence and an authentic sound within the mix. Digital pianos and samples have never really done it for me, and some are just far too squeaky clean for my taste.

Improv by Liam McCollum

I was the Pianist/Composer/Performer in this production

Terms Of Service

- Includes a piano track up to 4 minutes long - Turnaround = 1 draft per day. Average is 3 days overall but depends on response time + drafts - Unlimited revisions until the client is happy :)

GenresSounds Like
  • Lou Reed
  • Pink Floyd
  • Radiohead
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