Nashville, TN based, BMI Song of the Year recipient, GMA Dove Award nominated, 15+ years professional Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Recording Artist/Guitarist. I'm here to help bring your music to life.
With 20 years of professional experience touring, countless vocal, and guitar, sessions, writing songs for international and independent recording artists, and being the recording artist myself... A&R meetings, signing autographs, doing radio promotion... I know how important it is to make sure your music becomes everything you've dreamed it to be and what it takes to get it there. I can help you take the songs you've worked tirelessly to craft to the next level. Being in Nashville, I have the 'best of' at my disposal, from guitarists, to drummers, programmers, mix engineers, you name it... there's no excuse for you coming out of this experience with anything less than great.
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Interview with Chris Lockwood
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: 33Miles, Today. I've never worked so hard on a record like I did that one. [Recording artist, songwriter, guitarist]
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Pop covers for new upcoming YouTube artists and my new music... always working on my music.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Too early to tell.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital... analog is cool for the nostalgic musician... but the consumer could care less what it was recorded on, or through. They just want it to sound great... that's all I care about too, and digital seems to be getting the job done, both, efficiently and effectively.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Satisfaction... my clients peace of mind is my reputation, so I want to give them what they've hired me for.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's my childhood dream and I still get chills doing it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Not sure.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That making music isn't real work. Wish people could see what it really takes to make great music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What artists inspire you? Who are you listening to these days? What are your goals, where do you see yourself in 5 years? Who's gonna be listening to this? Are you on a timetable? Do you prefer to sing on the song, or do you want another professional to sing?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Having a team of people you trust is important. We don't know it all, so we can benefit from having other creative partners in our camp.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A macbook pro loaded with a DAW and plugins, a midi keyboard, a microphone, a DI/mic pre, and a guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started learning guitar when I was young, started getting professional work as a guitarist during college, toured around the country with a couple of professional groups, worked at a church for 4 years as a band leader, started learning Pro Tools at an early age, then signed a record deal as a member of 33Miles, did that for 10 years, wrote 100s of songs for 33Miles, myself, and many other artists, I've done a load of session work, lead worship at a pretty large church most weekends, played guitar for Lauren Alaina, Charley Daniels, Michael W Smith, Selah, and often get work to play for other artists, but all along I've seen it as experiences that have helped me become the music creator and producer I continue to blossom into.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: The song is king, so I let my style be dictated by what the song wants to say.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Tori Kelly... her voice sells a great song as well as a crappy one. She can do no wrong vocally.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Making music is all about relationships, so be humble, be kind, and be on time.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've done a lot of CCM, but I've moved more into working pop over the last few years, which is where I see my work headed.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I've gone through many seasons where I was known as a guitarist, then a recording artist, and now a producer, so it's hard to say. I think it all works together, in the end, making me a stronger producer.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I've worked professionally as the recording artist, the songwriter, the producer, the session singer, and the session guitarist. I have a lot of experience, and do my best to help bring it all together.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After I get a lyric sheet and rough demo of a song from a client, I go listen to make sure that the arrangement is at its best [chord structure, melodies are rock solid, etc], then I record it, send a rough mix to the client for revisions, then, after their approval, I send it to mix/master. I give 2 weeks for a single song, just to give a buffer for revisions, so that the client is happy in the end.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is simple. It fits in my backpack. However, I live in Nashville and have many friends/acquaintances who have massive studio spaces, so if ever I need that kind of work environment, there are options, endless options.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: People who inspire me are producer/songwriters who are also artists... people like Pharrell, Ryan Tedder, Bruno Mars, then guys like Max Martin who are producing/writing hits day after day.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Produce music.