I am a Producer and Vocalist living in Boston, MA. I have a BA in Music and a graduate certificate in Audio Technology. A trained baritone vocalist and mixing engineer with over 5 years' experience in the field, I am committed to helping you transform your sound!
I specialize in vocal work - I am best at vocal arrangements and vocal editing, comping, and tuning. I also have experience in EDM, and can do various beat-making and production in that realm as well. I am familiar with ProTools and Ableton, and work easily with either.
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Interview with Taylor Guss Music
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly specialize in vocal work - vocal production, comping / mixing vocals, editing, tuning, etc. However, I am proficient in other aspects of mixing and production and can help you with whatever you desire out of a recording project.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really like what Porter Robinson has done with electronic dance music with his latest release - he has departed from the vanilla dance anthems and gone for a much fuller and experimental sound with "Worlds" which has incorporated orchestral elements on top of lots of interesting and layered synths. Other artists and production professionals who inspire me are Brian Eno, Jon Bellion, and more.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: At home, I work on a Mac Pro hooked up with ProTools 11/Ableton Live 9 with a pair of M-Audio monitors. At the studio, I mostly work on a DigiDesign Console with ProTools 10 HD, and a pair of Dynaudio monitors.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When a client comes to me with a project, I usually listen to the client's references and talk with them about the sound they are going for. After this consultation period, I listen to the original and see how I can improve on it, and it what ways. After this initial stage, I work on the task I am presented with, and get it done within a timely manner, albeit with care and attention to detail. I listen to the mix as many times as needed in order to get the desired sound and then send it to the client. We work through the mixes together so that we can arrive at a finished product that the client is happy with.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have been brought on to recording projects as a Producer before - to add some elements to a song that is considered 'too raw' or 'needs some extra oomph.' I have also served as a vocal producer and coach on many different recording projects, where I have helped artists during the recording sessions and also comped/editied/mixed vocal in post-production. I like to create rich vocal arrangements within most of my songs.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My expertise with vocals.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: While I mostly produce electronic music myself, I also write orchestral and soundtrack music. I have recorded and mixed everything from blues to EDM to folk, however.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I really like bringing some life and depth to instruments by sending them to the Pitch Shift bus during sessions. The +/- 7 cents trick serves as a more effective Doubler than any of the dedicated plugins, in my opinion.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would most like to work with an artist like Night Beds - due to their rich sound but also their willingness to experiment with new styles.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I knew straight out of college that this was what I wanted to do. I have been freelancing for the better part of a year and currently work in a studio and am continuously learning and developing my skills.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1) Neumann U47 2) Neumann KM84 3) Blues Jr. Guitar Amp 4) Ampeg Head/ Bass Amp 5) MacBook Pro for easy recording on the go!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1) What are you looking to accomplish? What type of work would you like done? 2) Do you have a reference recording(s) of song(s) that you like? 3) What is the timeframe of this project? 4) Is there anything specific about the recording that you feel needs to be known? Is there anything about it that you would like to keep / cut out?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like how much variety there is. I could be mixing metal one day and a pop vocal track the next. I also like developing a working relationship with each of my clients - in order to help them achieve a truly stellar recording, I get to know everything about what each client needs.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will work with you until you have found the sound that you are going after - guaranteed.