Hello! My name is Robert and I am a Professional Singer-Songwriter and Producer out of Dallas, TX. I specialize in song structuring/composition, production, and topline. I am extremely versatile, able to adapt to many different genres and vocal styles. All of my services here are "work-for-hire", so you get to keep all of your royalties and rights.
Singer/Vocal Writing: I've written over 300 songs for myself and many artists/bands, both signed and independent. Everything from rock, pop, EDM, hip hop, metal, orchestral, children's, country.. I've pretty much done it all! If you have a lyrical/melodic theme for me to work with, I can tailor something specific, or write something from scratch. I'll write the lyrics/melodies myself, or sing something you wrote. My writing services include doubles/triples, harmonies, background vocals, and ad-libs. When writing vocals I focus heavily on creating catchy motifs and melodies, then finding the right words/phrases that sound good when sung to really pull the listener in and give them something they can't get out of their head. I offer my revisions loosely, I want you to be 100% satisfied! I record using only industry standard gear, a Manley Reference Cardioid or Neumann U87 through a Neve 1073 preamp, into a UA Apollo.
-Voice Type: Tenor
-Vocal range: G#2-F#5
Track Writing: We'll have an in depth discussion to break down exactly you need. We can go over your own music for influence, or use other artists whose sound heavily influences you for inspiration, and then go from there. I will provide you with a basic mix of the song, guitar/bass/drum tabs, chords, MIDI files, and stems.
I offer discounts when you combine various services*
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37 Reviews - 6 Repeat ClientsEndorse Robert Matlock
Robert delivered the perfect scream vocal tracks for my new song, and I am super happy with the final result!
Thank you! It was a long time session but I got good vocals!
Robert did an excellent job. I can absolutely recommend this guy.
It was awesome to work with Robert!
He was always good with minor changes and he fully understand my vision of the song.
Robert is an amazing artist! No matter what track you throw at him he will be sure to add his creative touch and make sure that you are pleased with the final product.
Robert was amazing to work with. He was extremely responsive and was very attentive to what I was looking for. I had a very hard time finding a vocalist that could channel the feeling I needed for this song and Robert took my thoughts and exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend him for your projects.
Amazing job with us, very proffesional and He knew all time what we wanted. Thanks Robert, see you on next tracks!!
Our first time in soundbetter, very happy with the platform, very useful and easy to work.
Robert has done a great job, his vocals are strong and have feel.
Sometimes it's difficult to make a decision with so many options on SoundBetter for who is right for your project. If there is a question though; Robert is the man. He will help to take your project to the next level through his amazing talent and great communication with you- he will help to understand what you are looking for in your track and realize it for you. When you absolutely need your track done and done right- Robert is the guy to hire.
Robert has killer vocals! He made my track ROCK! Great performance, recording and communication - a pro!
Robert did a killer vocal on a modern rock song for me.. great experience working with him and he was awesome on helping me flesh out the song to get the results I was looking for.
Rob is a master at his craft, a truly rare vocal talent, and an absolute pleasure to work with! He gave his all to embrace and cater to my out-of-the-box vision, and far exceeded my expectations. Haha I'm literally motivated to write more music if just for the excuse to work with him again. This dude rocks and if you're deliberating between him and another vocalist, you gotta pick Rob. He's your guy.
Robert was great! Very talented and easy to work with! Enjoyed his professionalism and attention to detail. Definitely recommend him to anyone needing a professional male singer and a job well done.
Another amazing experience working with Robert! He again demonstrated that he is an incredibly talented vocalist and melody writer. He knows exactly what fits in a song and sings it to perfection. I highly recommend Robert for your vocals.
Robert was thorough and competent. He came through as i expected, well done.
Robert is a great singer and communicator. Bring fort power, energy and effort for the projects he undertakes.
Another awesome experience with Robert. He is an extremely talented vocalist and melody writer. Robert knew exactly what I wanted and executed it to perfection.
I had a great time working with Robert. He writes catchy melodies, powerful lyrics and delivers fantastic vocals. He takes notes extremely well and is collaborative throughout the process. Overall a highly enjoyable experience.
Great communication, and very fast turn around. Robert did exactly what I asked for and delivered every time! Will definitely be hiring for TopLine on many upcoming songs.
This guy is the man to make your tracks up a notch! Get in line before he gets too busy for your project! Such a talent!
Another amazing experience with Robert. He is an incredibly talented vocalist and instinctually knows how to write catchy and powerful melodies. Highly recommended.
Elite talent. Tremendous ability and workability. Great recording setup. Excellent turnaround time. Would highly recommend.
Lightning fast, patient, helpful and overall very easy to work with.
Robert was quick, professional and did an awesome job! He was great to work with and I would highly recommend him!!
Robert is an incredibly talented vocalist and melody writer. Additionally, he's friendly, professional, and easy to work with. Robert exceeded my expectations in every way and he has my highest recommendation. I hope to work with him again on many future songs.
Robert was an absolute professional. I really enjoyed working with him and admire his creative vision and talent. Great job, Robert! Thank you for all your fantastic work.
Fast turn-around. Did exactly what was asked. Would not hesitate to use again in the future.
Very good work. Professional, good communication, very good voice. Thanks Robert!
Robert absolutely smashed the vocals on this project, it was exactly what I had in mind - and then some. A pleasure to deal with throughout, Robert felt like a band member rather than a freelancer. Would highly recommend and will be working with Robert again in the future.
Had a really nice experience working with Robert. He recorded really cool vocals for my track and communication was great throughout the whole process. Thanks!
Robert is a great singer and was easy to work with I would definitely work with him again!
Robert is an amazing vocalist and songwriter. He takes the time to find the best approach for each song and always listens to the direction I have in mind for the melody and lyrics. He always comes up with unique vocal melody ideas that fit really well with the music. He’s extremely easy to work with and makes the process of refining the lyrics and vocal melodies simple and straightforward. I always enjoy collaborating with him and I look forward to creating more music together.
Killer voice, track quality is great, very easy to work with. Will def hire again.
Robert is a great vocalist and was extremely easy to work with. He really listened to what I wanted for the track and maintained great communication throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend working with him.
Robert did a wonderful job on the track and was very professional! I would love to work with him again!!
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Robert writes incredible music, is a great singer and has a very unique concept for his work, it was an absolute pleasure to write top line for him on this song. Can't wait to work with him again!
Incredibly fast and professional in his service. Robert did a good job on his vocal and I am happy to work with him again.
Interview with Robert Matlock
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: One of my favorite songwriters out there right now is Max Martin. I think he is a highly polished and perfected version of myself, being we view things very similarly when it comes to writing songs and more specifically, vocals. When it comes to writing the vocals for a song, he uses something known as "melodic math" which is a great way to write vocal motifs so that they get stuck in a listener's head when paired with a great melody. He structures his vocal melodies and motifs in such a way that when you hear the chorus for the first time, it almost sounds like you've heard it before, because little bits and pieces of the chorus were scattered throughout the verse and intro. It gives the listener a sense of familiarity and really gives them an "ear worm" after hearing it. This is the reason he has written most of the biggest songs over the last 20 years. I can only hope that I develop and reach a song writing level of that magnitude one day.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It might be blasphemy, but digital all the way. Besides the obvious financial motivation for choosing digital, it's much more flexible in it's usage.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: When I first joined SoundBetter I wanted to bring another vocalist onboard to one of my projects to help write. I chose a guy by the name of Chris Hodges, and he delivered. The guy has a fantastic voice and really knows how to dial in a great lyric and melody.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You and your audience will never be disappointed, it is as simple as that. I will do everything in my power to make sure we create something truly special.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have singing and writing songs for 10 years now, and it has finally gotten to the point where I can earn a decent living and do this full time. I will continue to learn and grow, becoming better at my craft each and every day.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I LOVE getting to work with some many different minds, every job and client is so unique, every one has a different story that they want to tell. This allows to me stay flexible musically and keeps me very well rounded so that I can be helpful to a variety of clients.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring to the table all of the knowledge I've accrued over the last 10 years. I have spent thousands of hours honing and polishing my skills, and in all of that I time I have developed a true sense of what does, and doesn't work. I have worked on countless songs in countless genres, and even though the styles and approaches may all be different, the core of what makes a great song is the same.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always start by communicating with the client about what they want from their song, what are they trying to accomplish, what are they wanting "say" with their song, what's the message. I typically will go over my client's influences and find out what niches they love in music and try my best to work that in to final product in a unique and creative way.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I primarily aid songwriters and producers with vocals. Most of the time they come to me with a rough idea of what they want melodically and lyrically. I'll then break down the song and align myself with the emotion and overall tone of the track, and then find the "pocket" that best suits the vocals.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just finished wrapping up a song with a producer, the song is for a band that is fronted by one of my best friends, his band of which is signed to a reputable label and has over a million plays via spotify alone. I worked extensively on the vocals, handling most of the topline melodies and aiding with lyrics.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on 2 different personal projects, both of which I sing and write all of the music for. 1 is an alternative metal band that influences from bands like Linkin Park and Breaking Benjamin. The other is a pop rock band in the style of Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, and One Republic.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently work with a UA Apollo Twin DUO interface that produces sound through 2 JBL LSR305 monitors. For vocals I record in a treated vocal booth. I use many different microphones to record, but I mainly use the Manley Reference Cardioid and Neumann U87 microphones. I run my vocals into a Neve 1073SPX or Focusrite ISA Two preamp, completely dry (no EQ, compression etc. unless otherwise specified).
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I specialize in rock and pop music but I've written and recorded my voice on various metal, rap, folk, country, and punk songs as well, just to name a few.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Simply, there are no rules.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I've always been extremely fascinated by the band Linkin Park. The band has always been extremely flexible and creative when it comes to their music, and they've never been afraid of taking chances. My general style of songwriting is heavily influenced by their work, and I'd love nothing more than to get in a room with those guys and write a record.