Kurt Thum

Keyboardist, Producer

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I’ve worked with Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, James Bay, Mimi Webb, Ava Max, Keith Urban, The Jonas Brothers, Jamie Miller, Sweet Taboo, and countless others, and have played keys on 2 billboard #1 hits. I’d love to hear your song or beat, and help you take it to the next level, whether it’s adding keys, full production, or anything in between.

I am a keyboard player, producer, and sound designer based in NYC.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Kurt Thum
  • Ava Max
  • Keith Urban
  • Justin Bieber
  • Ariana Grande
Discogs verified credits for Kurt Thum
  • Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande
  • Ava Max
  • Katie Henry (2)

44 Reviews - 6 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Milo Planet
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    Simply the best!

    Captured the feel of a magnum opus and told the right story, can't recommend Kurt enough!

  2. Review by Milo Planet
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    ABSOLUTELY TOP SHELF! Probably the best producer of all things synths in the world today.

    This time Kurt stepped in and saved my magnum opus with killer arrangements and killer sounds. Kurts synths together with distorted Les Pauls sounds like the center of the universe. His stems sound like they come from a trillion dollar all analog outboard gear intergalactic master synth studio. Look no further! It cannot get any better than this :D

  3. Review by Stefan W.
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    Such an excellent player, sound designer and arranger! Top notch customer service, too!

  4. Review by Stefan W.
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    World class arranger, sound designer and keys player !! As icing on the cake Kurt also uses juicy outboard gear :D

  5. Review by Eli
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    Kurt was absolutely amazing, he is super talented finding creative musical solutions completely changed sound to a hit....cheers

  6. Review by Milo Planet
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    Stunning keys player and sound designer !! Awesome arranger and songwriter, too! One cannot go wrong with Kurt, impossible :D

  7. Review by Milo Planet
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    A very professional craftsman and awesome dude! Top notch keyboard arrangements and composing !! Can’t recommend Kurt enough :D

  8. Review by J Ocean
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    Kurt was really fast ! He recorded amazing synths lines to our track.

    Good communication , great results!!

    Thanks

  9. Review by Milo Planet
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    World class keyboardist and sound designer!

  10. Review by Stefan W.
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    Outstanding at all things keyboards !! Playing, sound design, building awesome synth soundscapes, you name it! :D

  11. Review by Milo Planet
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    An all things keys MASTER !!!

  12. Review by Artem
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    Another fantastic collaboration with Kurt! He is an incredibly talented musician! Awesome chord voicings, beautiful sound! I will definitely come back for more! 10/10

  13. Review by Joseph V.
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    Kurt is an expert musician, producer. Highly recommend. He is collaborative and always willing to add as much creativity as wanted.

  14. Review by Joseph V.
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    Amazing musician, keyboardist. Very creative and delivers high quality work every time.

  15. Review by Joseph V.
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    An amazing keyboardist/musician. Very open to collaboration. Highly recommend.

  16. Review by Joseph V.
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    An amazing, creative musician. Highly recommend.

  17. Review by Jesse C.
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    Excellent professional, smooth process with great communication! I highly recommend Kurt! Book him now while you can!

  18. Review by merschon
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    Thank you Kurt!
    Looking forward to work with you again.

  19. Review by Joseph V.
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    Excellent musician / keyboardist. Always delivers the best project results.

  20. Review by Joseph V.
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    Expert and amazing musician, producer. Very collaborative and creative. Highly highly recommend.

  21. Review by Stephen H.
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    All star. Great communication and creativity. Flexible to my ideas while implementing his own as well. Will work together soon.

  22. Review by Joseph V.
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    An expert at all he does... production, keyboardist, mixing. Highly recommend.

  23. Review by Joseph V.
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    Absolute professional creative producer and keyboardist!!

  24. Review by Joseph V.
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    An amazing, professional musician/keyboardist/producer. Very open to collaboration.

  25. Review by Joseph V.
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    Kurt is an excellent musician. Very creative and on point all the time.

  26. Review by Joseph V.
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    An amazing keyboardist. He contributes ideas and is very flexible to any changes. Definitely will work with him again and again.

  27. Review by Joseph V.
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    KURT adds such magic to every project... he is an amazing keyboardist/musician/composer. Will work with him again and again!

  28. Review by Joseph V.
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    Kurt is an amazing musician. Professional, creative, responsive. Highly recommend.

  29. Review by Joseph V.
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    Amazing musician. Can tell he is devoted to making the best possible project!

  30. Review by George
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    Awesome job by a very talented musician!!

  31. Review by Stefan W.
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    WOW, Kurt really is the billboard #1 guy! :D Excellent customer service, playing and arranging. Highly recommended!

  32. Review by Ashley A.
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    Kurt is very talented, creative, professional, and kind. I highly recommend him and would not hesitate to work with him again!

  33. Review by Artem M.
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    Fantastic work! Kurt is very talented, professional, very attentive musician. He is the best you could work with. Awesome! 10/10

  34. Review by Joseph V.
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    Kurt is so talented ... very polite and professional and CREATIVE. He is open to feedback and also easily translates a vision into reality. Will definitely work with him again and again.

  35. Review by Joseph V.
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    Kurt is a brilliant musician. Was very open to suggestions and also offered creative input. His work is impeccable! I will definitely work with him again!

  36. Review by Ashley A.
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    Kurt really brought some life to my song and understood exactly what I was seeking. He works very quickly and is very responsive. He is also a great musician.

  37. Review by Nick G.
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    Kurt added great feel and groove to my song by adding great keyboard work. He is versatile and exceptionally good at finding the best vibe, groove and feel for every piece. Awesome work every time!

  38. Review by Nick G.
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    I gave Kurt some pretty bad vocals and no music backing them and asked him to create a piano part to back it. He did that super accurately and with apparent ease. Brilliant work as always!

  39. Review by Nick G.
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    Kurt did a great job of turning a raw/bad vocal snippet (mine) into a nice little piano riff. Perfect translation. Great work!

  40. Review by Nick G.
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    Kurt delivered another great keyboard performance on my track. We've done a few songs together now and he is batting 1000.

  41. Review by Nick G.
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    Kurt was nothing but a musical soul generator on my blues/rock track. He infused the song with some seriously delicious grove. Another great job! Perfection.

  42. Review by Nick G.
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    Kurt did an excellent job of layering multiple keyboards on my track. He played perfectly with great instinct and feel for the song's needs. Look forward to working with Kurt in the future. Excellent!

  43. Review by Dani Slovak
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    Kurt is a very talented professional. I can give him only the highest recommendation possible! I am pretty sure, anyone considering to hire him will be completely satisfied with the collaboration.

  44. Review by Dylan Wissing
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    Kurt is an extremely talented keyboardist, very musical, and really easy to work with. Highly recommended!

Interview with Kurt Thum

  1. Q: How would you describe your style?

  2. A: That depends on the context, but whatever I’m playing, emotion is the top priority.

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

  4. A: Steinway piano, B3, Juno, Protools, Nord.

  5. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  6. A: Co-writes, Keyboard session work, coproductions. I always try to keep it fresh.

  7. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  8. A: Dylan Wissing is king of drum sounds!

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Depends on the application.

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

  12. A: Whether you’re an indie artist or a major label, you will get my best.

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

  14. A: I like getting to hear great music and ideas that I otherwise would not hear.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: I guess one would be that pop music is easy to make.

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

  18. A: Anything that might help me better understand the client’s vision. References can be a great way to communicate ideas.

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

  20. A: Listen to samples and go with the musician who’s playing you connect with the most.

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

  22. A: I’ve been playing since I was about 4. I’ve always done production as a hobby, but have made it my focus in the last 5 years. As a player, I was classically trained until college, then I switched to jazz. Training aside, I’ve always gravitated towards pop music, and cut my teeth on the NYC club scene playing with all kinds of bands, across all popular genres.

  23. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  24. A: Maroon 5. They are some of the most talented people in the game.

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

  26. A: If a part isn’t making the song better, take it out.

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

  28. A: Pop

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: I play like a keyboard player but think like a producer. My approach is to ask myself what the song needs rather then what I can add to the song.

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

  32. A: My goal is to enhance the emotional experience for the listener through careful part writing, arrangement, and Sonics.

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

  34. A: Listen to the song, discuss ideas with clients, maybe check out some references. After that, every song is unique and so I don’t have a set process. I try to figure out what the song needs, and keep trying until I find it.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I run Protools, UAD interface, Prophet 600, Nord, Kronos, Minilogue, Farfisa, Behringer Model D, and lots of soft synths and sample based instruments.

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

  38. A: Gian Stone, Jason Evigan, The Monsters, Stevie Wonder, Gene Harris, Ahmad Jamal, too many to list.

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

  40. A: Anywhere from adding that last synth or organ part that helps the vibe come together, to co-writing and producing out an entire song.

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I was the Organ/ Keys player in this production

Terms Of Service

Generally I will do up to 3 sounds, and up to 3 revisions if needed.

GenresSounds Like
  • Justin Bieber
  • Ariana Grande
  • Maroon 5
Gear Highlights
  • Nord Electro 5D
  • Juno 106
  • Korg Kronos
  • Prophet 600
  • Korg Minilogue
  • All Spectrosonics products
  • Roland cloud
  • and countless other top tier soft synths.
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