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: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Always something new.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Having a team of people you can trust is important. I always aim to be one those you can count on.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I live in Nashville, so everything from pop, rock, to country, even jazz here and there.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I've worked professionally as the recording artist, the songwriter, the producer, the session player/singer. I understand what it means to be a creative, wanting to put out your best work, so I do my best to make sure you’re absolutely satisfied when all is said and done.
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: 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: 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'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'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.
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.