Matt Stanfield

Piano. Keys. Tracks. Sounds.

Matt Stanfield on SoundBetter

Piano, synths, and programming. My keys/programming credits include Kelly Clarkson, Brandon Ratcliff, Norah Jones, Kasey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Corey Asbury, Thomas Rhett, Fleurie, Ruelle, Sam Tinnesz, Mercy Me and Josh Groban. I've also created music for companies like Coke, Google, Pepsi, NASCAR, Vox Magazine and Duke University to name a few.

I've been in the Music Industry for over 20 years, playing piano, keys and programming. I'm the guy you call when you want something different, something new. I know how to work remotely- even before 2020 I was doing lots of virtual work. My studio is a mix of old and new, analog and digital. Lots of analog keys, virtual synths, an awesome upright piano and great preamps/converters. I'd love to help you with your songs and I'll bring the same perspective and gear choices to your songs as I would any other project. It's not uncommon for producers to send me a track and simply say "I don't know what this needs... can you fix it for me?"

Piano work can be samples OR an actual upright. I'm happy to include MIDI files as well.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Matt Stanfield
  • Phillips, Craig & Dean
  • Michael W. Smith
  • Michael W. Smith
  • Mack Brock
  • Mack Brock
  • Phil Wickham
  • Cory Asbury
  • Cory Asbury
  • Chase Rice
  • Jake Owen
  • Jake Owen
  • Jake Owen
  • Charles Billingsley
  • Charles Billingsley
  • Matt Redman
  • Matt Redman
  • Russell Dickerson
  • Russell Dickerson
  • Russell Dickerson
  • Russell Dickerson
  • Tim Timmons
  • Ben Rector
  • Ben Rector
  • Ben Rector
  • Old Dominion
  • Old Dominion
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Jordyn Stoddard
  • Jordyn Stoddard
  • Jordyn Stoddard
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Jill Andrews
  • Jill Andrews
  • Jason Crabb
  • Phillips, Craig & Dean
  • Newsboys
  • Newsboys
  • Scott MacIntyre
  • Scott MacIntyre
  • Sam Hunt
  • MercyMe
  • MercyMe
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Chris Tomlin
  • Tim Timmons
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Yancy
  • Plumb
  • Jason Castro
  • Jason Castro
  • Mandisa
  • Newsboys
  • Newsboys
  • Yancy
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • One: A Worship Collective
  • Meredith Andrews
  • Meredith Andrews
  • Phillips, Craig & Dean
  • Phillips, Craig & Dean
  • Kari Jobe
  • Holly Starr
  • Holly Starr
  • Britt Nicole
  • Britt Nicole
  • one sonic society
  • Andy Cherry
  • Andy Cherry
  • Kari Jobe
  • Leigh Nash
  • Robert Pierre
  • Jonny Diaz
  • NewSong
  • Matthew West
  • Britt Nicole
  • Kelly Minter
  • Kelly Minter
  • Maggie McClure
  • Maggie McClure
  • Maggie McClure
  • Kerrie Roberts
  • Me in Motion
  • Me in Motion
  • Me in Motion
  • Me in Motion
  • 33Miles
  • 33Miles
  • Jason Castro
  • Plumb
  • Plumb
  • Mark Schultz
  • Mark Schultz
  • Mandisa
  • Phil Stacey
  • Phil Stacey
  • Phil Stacey
  • Kutless
  • Christy Nockels
  • Christy Nockels
  • Jamie Kimmett
  • Norah Jones
  • Norah Jones
  • Selah
  • Selah
  • Starfield
  • Matt Roberson
  • Matt Roberson
  • David Byrd
  • David Byrd
  • David Byrd
  • David Byrd
  • David Byrd
  • Cait Plage
  • Cait Plage
  • Cait Plage
  • Josh Groban
  • Rush of Fools
  • Rush of Fools
  • Selah
  • Selah
  • Selah
  • Selah
  • Jessie Daniels
  • Jessie Daniels
  • Jessie Daniels
  • The Swift
  • The Swift
  • The Swift
  • The Swift
  • The Swift
  • The Swift
  • Cottrell Gantt
  • Rita Springer
  • Rita Springer
  • Joel Engle
  • Joel Engle
  • Joel Engle
  • Joel Engle
  • Joel Engle
  • Joel Engle
  • Joel Engle
  • Plumb
  • Ginny Owens
  • Perfect World
  • Micah Dalton
  • Micah Dalton
  • Micah Dalton
  • Micah Dalton
  • Micah Dalton
  • Steven Delopoulos
  • Derek Webb
  • Jill Phillips
  • Jill Phillips
  • Jill Phillips
  • Jill Phillips
  • Jill Phillips
  • Jill Phillips
  • Jill Phillips
  • Jill Phillips
  • Jill Phillips
  • Jill Phillips
  • Nichole Nordeman
  • Nichole Nordeman
  • Jennifer Paige
  • Stephen Gause
  • Stephen Gause
  • Stephen Gause
  • Stephen Gause
  • Stephen Gause
  • Stephen Gause
  • Stephen Gause
  • Stephen Gause
  • Sandra McCracken
  • Jaci Velasquez
  • Plumb
  • Plumb
  • Plumb
  • Plumb
  • Plumb
  • Plumb
  • Plumb
  • Plumb
  • Plumb
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Hailey Whitters
  • Shawn McDonald
  • Zach Loomis
  • City Harbor
  • Seth Condrey
  • Faith Rivera
  • Yancy
  • Yancy
  • The Brotherhood of Sound
  • Frontline
  • Alisa Turner
  • Bryce Merritt
  • Jeff LeBlanc
  • Jeff LeBlanc
  • Jeff LeBlanc
  • Jeff LeBlanc
  • Patrick Ryan Clark
  • Patrick Ryan Clark
  • Bo Warren
  • Bo Warren

Interview with Matt Stanfield

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

  2. A: The flexibility. And it's MUSIC!!! So thankful.

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

  4. A: A piano. Nevermind that the environment would wreak havock on it. I'd also take my gutstring guitar and a Juno 60. That's three... so I'll lump computer/interface/microphones/speaker into one and then a solar array for power:)

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: Using sounds, synths and piano to set a mood.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: It's a studio/worklab. Everything is within reach and I work standing up (mostly). Piano can be virtual or I can send you real upright. Synth is whatever it needs to be; I have tons of virtual synths as well as a few digital and analog outboard favorites. I use a pair of hand-made passive direct boxes with custom Jensen transforms for synths.

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

  10. A: I love lots of stuff... Top 40 is a guilty pleasure; there are so many incredible tracks on the radio these days. I do a lot of work for film/tv placements. Lots of that. For piano stuff, ambient is awesome. Hammock, Nils Frahm and Sigur Ros are great. Jacquire King continues to do amazing work as a producer and engineer. Beyond music, I'm inspired by visual art; movies, industrial design, sci-fi.

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

  12. A: I do a few things, really: piano/keys/programming work, composing/score and sound design.

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

  14. A: I'll load the song/demo in, listen a few times, make notes, then reach out to the client. After that I dive in! I don't have a standard approach; sometimes I start with drums, sometimes I start with instruments. If I have a clear idea of what the song needs, that vision informs every decision. It's your song, not a place for me to show off!

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

  16. A: Mood. Life. Something unique. I tend to use interesting ambient loops and sounds to bring depth; I mix electronic with organic.

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

  18. A: For records, it all falls under the pop category. Ambient and electronic as well. I have a specific sound that people come for.

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

  20. A: Don't get stuck on a section for too long. Switch gears. Take a walk. When you come back, you'll get it!

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

  22. A: I never was able to work with Michael Jackson. That would have been incredible.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Dynamic. Moody. Slightly quirky but still mainstream.

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

  26. A: After college (music degree) I was asked to join a band and toured for years. Eventually, I got off the road and began working on records; producing, writing, playing. I travelled on and off for a while but now I'm all in-studio. It's been over 20 years now!

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

  28. A: It never hurts to ask! Let me know what you are thinking.

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

  30. A: What's your timeline? Do you have any references? What is this for?

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

  32. A: That it is somehow glamorous or easy.

  33. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  34. A: Yes to both. Analog just sounds better. So does digital.

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

  36. A: Charlie Lowell. Chad Carouthers. Both incredible talents.

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

  38. A: Sound design for a logo presentation and also some pop keys overdubs.

  39. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  40. A: The Google G-Suite release. I did all Music and Sound Design. They needed a fast turnaround and it turned out great. The latest Corey Asbury record is something that I will always be proud of. I did a Covid- related project for Lady Gaga that turned out great but may never see the light of day:( Also, Kasey Musgraves "Same Trailer Different Park" record. I did 95% of the piano/keys. Great songs, she wasn't afraid to go after new approaches.

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

  42. A: Let's figure out what you want me to do for you and your songs. No idea is too weird. I'll help you focus the approach; it will be right. It will make your song better and we won't stop until you love it!

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Terms Of Service

Piano tracks can be turned around within 48 hours. Full tracks are quoted on a case-by-case basis and will take longer of course. We can do a few revisions if needed; I want you to be happy!

GenresSounds Like
  • Fleurie
  • Sam Hunt
  • Kelly Clarkson
Gear Highlights
  • An amazing upright piano
  • lots of analog synths including a quirky Moog that's been modded
  • lots of small/toy Japanese synths
  • a never-ending array of virtual synths and plug-ins
  • tons of fun percussion instruments.
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