Steven Diedrich

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I'm an artist who produces my own independent songs. My work begins with acoustic guitar and a notebook and then after I have a formed song I build the recording in my home studio. I create a vision for the sounds and instrumentation by feeling what's expressing something with the basic track while still inside the songwriting process.

In music industry terms, my work is Adult Album Alternative. I sing lead and do most of my own harmony back ups. The instrument tracks are a combination of analog such as acoustic guitar, electric, electric bass and hand percussion, and in the box VST instruments which are mostly reproductions of classic instruments such as Rhodes, B4, Yamaha C7 within Keyscape, Arturia and others. I hire musicians to perform remotely when the song requires it, such as a solo violin or saxophone part and live drums. I record with a variety of large and small condensers and Sm7, and then into a UA Apollo interface using either its preamps or a unison channel like an Avalon 737 or a Neve. I also use a SansAmp-like DI box for DI'd electric guitar.

I create a rough mix as I evolve the song's arrangement. Vibe is definitely an element I'm listening for as I work, a cinematic narrative emerges. I create this mostly without the use of dynamic processing beyond basic EQ, Compression and sending to a room or plate reverb bus. I prefer to create the character from the instrument choice. Exceptions are when I use a classic synth like a Moog or want a unique texture from a modern VST synth. I will also define the sound of electric guitar inside amp simulator software. I do not print dynamic processing.

I enjoy collaboration and working with inspiring artists who contribute to my songs.

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10 Reviews

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  1. Review by Juliette Piazza
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    I had a very great experience with Steven.
    He is really professional and I was glad to bring my mystical voice to his song.
    I deeply recommand working with Steven :)

  2. Review by Megan Gould Music
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    This is my third time working with Steven, and we always find a meaningful collaboration. His enthusiasm is lovely, and his sensitivity to feel and vibe are acute. Always a pleasure!

  3. Review by Tamika Tyan
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    Getting to work with Steven again was great! He's professional, prompt, very detailed oriented and super talented! He's very knowledgeable and knows what he wants, yet open to ideas! You won't regret booking Steven!

  4. Review by Megan Gould Music
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    Always a pleasure working with Steven. This is my second time working with him, and I stand by all the positive things I wrote in my initial review. A very good experience!

  5. Review by Tamika Tyan
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    Steven is amazing to work with!! He's a great songwriter with an equally great voice!! He has great direction and vision! He knows what he wants, while trusting you with creative freedom. I can't wait to work with him again! You should book Steven today!!!!

  6. Review by Megan Gould Music
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    Steven was a real pleasure to work with. We had a good rapport from the start- he had his own ideas, but was interested in letting me contribute my own style, and his attention to the subtleties of the music made for a meaningful collaboration. I would happily work with him any time.

  7. Review by Beto Braga
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    As always, working on Steven's songs was a pleasure. Communication and musicianship were at the highest level.

  8. Review by Beto Braga
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    Steven is very professional and appreciative. Great tune, great singing. Communication was fantastic. Great experience all-around.

  9. Review by Andrijana Janevska
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    Steven is a wonderful artist and great collaborator! Very professional and personal at the same time. A pleasure making music with him!

  10. Review by Carl Glanville
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    Steven writes and performs evocative songs filled with atmosphere and emotion - the performances and recordings are inspiring and it’s a pleasure to mix them.

Gear Highlights
  • Universal Audio
  • Waves
  • Slate
  • Native Instruments
  • Spectrasonics
  • Superior Drummer 3
  • Arturia
  • Martin
  • Fender
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