Paul Kokesh (Konscious)

Songwriter & Exec Producer

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Paul couples his songwriting and production training with his entrepreneurial background to help artists and creatives bring their vision to reality. Whether that be toplining to your track and sourcing the perfect vocalist, or collaborating on a new song for demo production - he aims to deliver professional results relevant to the market.

Paul is a songwriter, executive producer and operator of indie publisher and record label, Konscious (konsciousmusic.com). He's been awarded as a finalist in multiple categories of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, USA Songwriting Competition, International Songwriting Competition, and UK Songwriting Contest, and he has several cuts slated for 2022. His early influences include chart toppers, church hymns and his dad’s vinyl collection. He has a degree in music industry recording arts, including songwriting, production, vocal performance and AVID Pro Tools certification; as well as a background in business and project management.

Reach out to Paul if you're interested in services, such as:

- Songwriting: Bring your ideas and song fragments together and create a complete work ready for production. Not the artist? Paul can provide a reference vocal or source the right vocalist for your song and manage the recording and file delivery process.

- Toplining: Have a great track or beat but in need of the right melody? Paul can topline over genres like pop, EDM or acoustic instrumentals.

- Lyric writing: A great melody might get you, but lyrics keep you. Paul works from your lyrical starting point or can write from scratch.

- Production: With his team of producers and creatives, Paul will help you achieve your goal sound, overseeing the creative process.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

19 Reviews

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  1. Review by DEJACK
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    It was a pleasure to work with Paul. His vision was very clear and interesting. Cant wait to work with him on another project !

  2. Review by Diana Inez
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    Amazing experience working with Paul! I absolutely loved the song which made singing it that much more enjoyable. Paul is super talented and a pleasure to work with. Hope to work together again in the future. Highly recommend to everyone!

  3. Review by Warren
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    Paul was great to work with - very clear feedback, responsive to messages and always offering great ideas and suggestions throughout the process. A pleasure to work with and would be happy to work with him again!

  4. Review by Futosé
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    I worked with Paul on a UK-style pop-house production. He's an excellent client, with prompt & clear feedback on very specific details. He articulated perfectly what he expected from me, maintained great communication, and the track came out great! Very happy and look forward to working with Paul again! :)

  5. Review by Gigi
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    I had a great time working with Paul. He has a great ear for melodies with toplines that are a joy to sing, his talent was obvious. Would be up for working together again for sure.

  6. Review by Luigi Porcino
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    Great music, very talented artist, extremely professional and kind person. It was a great pleasure working with Paul.

  7. Review by Gavin Bradley
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    Paul was a pleasure to work with! As a songwriter he has a special talent for hooks and a deep understanding of genre. Before production began, he had a clear vision and a detailed business plan for the track—it’s extra exciting to work on material that will be well supported. Throughout the process Paul was responsive and organized. He speaks the language of music production—we 'got' each other right away and had many laughs while building a track that I’m proud of!

  8. Review by Danny Starr
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    Amazing experience all round working with Paul. Can’t wait to work on more projects with him in the future.

  9. Review by Brett Bainer
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    Paul is awesome! Highly recommend.

  10. Review by J.Wells
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    It was a pleasure working with Paul. Great communication and easy to work with. Looking forward to collaborating again!

  11. Review by Rob Murray
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    Nice guy, good music, quick clear communication. I hope to work together again soon!

  12. Review by Karen Rodriguez
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    Paul was great to work with! There was lots of communication and he provided me with awesome direction which helped me achieve a Spanish translation of his original song that him & team were satisfied and happy with!

  13. Review by Austin Leeds
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    It was great working with Paul. Great music, production, and communicaton. Thank you!

  14. Review by Jeff Sojka
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    Awesome music and great communication! Can’t wait to work with again!

  15. Review by Brandyn Burnette
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    Great to work with! Gave awesome notes, quality music & very professional

  16. Review by Tim Riehm
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    Paul was fantastic to work with! He has a great voice of his own, which made his reference vocals extremely thorough and helpful! Would love to work with him again!

  17. Review by ✪ Jessie Wagner
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    Dope track, would love to work together again the future.

  18. Review by Harry Lee
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    Fun project and good music! Nice chap to work with.

  19. Review by Camille Barbone
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    Paul is a pro! He understands the art and science of songwriting. Versatile and innovative, Paul Kokesh delivers. I have used him on several projects for labels and producers. The feedback is always great. He is thorough and efficient.

Interview with Paul Kokesh (Konscious)

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

  2. A: I appreciate modern pop writers like Max Martin and Benny Blanco, and topliners like Sia. I'm not saying that they're my exact style, but they've found a system that works for them and is relevant today. Musical math - Being a therapist - Writing a lot and knowing what connects with listeners... I like exploring and finding new inspiration! My tastes range from singer-songwriters like Cat Stevens (Yusuf) and EDM producer-DJs like Lost Frequencies to Pop artists like Gaga (versatility!). I pay attention to trends and what people are listening to. If I work with someone whose sound I'm less familiar with, I'll digest it and research artists within that genre as much as possible before starting the project. Producer-wise...Jack Antonoff, Mark Ronson, Greg Kurstin. I also appreciate unique sounds and the innovation of bedroom producers. I personally lean more towards pop sheen and believe that production's main goal should be to support the song (vs. be the main attraction). Whatever brings out the song / artist the most and cuts through!

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

  4. A: Songwriting, toplining, lyric writing and managing the creative process and logistics of production.

  5. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  6. A: Can you help me make my song more "pop"? Yes - we can analyze what you have and make adjustments so your song is more for the masses. That might mean having to be flexible to changes in things like structure, lyrical content, production or other elements.

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

  8. A: That's it's easy to write a great song. It's requires commitment, practice and some divine intervention.

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

  10. A: Align on expectations. Complete a written agreement for songwriting, composition and production work.

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

  12. A: I'm working on two EDM writes and productions, an electro pop topline, and an acoustic pop song. I have a few songs on hold with artists as well.

  13. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  14. A: It all depends on the goal. I've studied both but work digital.

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

  16. A: I promise to treat your song and project like it was my own, to achieve the best result we can.

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

  18. A: The diversity in creatives. Music brings us together. After that - I'd say when that divine moment strikes you like lightning and the core concept behind the song becomes clear.

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

  20. A: What's your goal? What are your music or creative skillsets? What's your workflow? What's the project budget?

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

  22. A: Macbook Pro. Sennheiser HD 800 S Headphones. Pro Tools loaded with plugins and virtual instruments. Satellite internet connection (inspiration and samples). Blue Bottle Mic.

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

  24. A: Professional songwriter and publisher.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Adaptable

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

  28. A: Artists that have passed: John Lennon and David Bowie because they broke molds. Living Legends: Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder because they're incomparable. Today: Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran because they set trends and can write hits without an army. I'm not into artists whose core work is crass. You do you and express what you need to. It's just not for me.

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

  30. A: Song first. Production second (With a few exceptions).

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

  32. A: Pop, electronic pop, acoustic pop, singer-songwriter, EDM. I can work in country, latin and R&B with the right collaborator.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I use both creative and business skills.

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

  36. A: I bring craftsmanship and aim for meaning behind the work with memorable hooks and relevant production. I act like an extension of the artist or writer.

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

  38. A: For songwriting, I like to get into my cowriter's head a bit; ask some questions and find out what they're really trying to say or express. What's your typical workflow? Is there a goal genre we're shooting for? It can affect the song structure, lyrics, future production and performance elements. Some remote writers like to mail back n' forth, others prefer Zoom sessions. I'm flexible. First step is find our direction, whether that be a specific prompt or a brief, or listening to some raw work from the collaborator - a beat/track? An instrumental groove? Some pieces of a song already written that need expanding? And go from there... For production, it's helpful to get references and inspirations; then review the song and see if it could use some adjustment prior to starting. I'll choose the right producer and vocalist, and other creatives (dependent on budget), pull it through and send the production for your review - followed by an agreed upon revision process.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: My studio setup includes an iMac and MacBook Pro, HS8 Monitors, Apogee Quartet, Blue Bottle Mic with multiple head attachments, MIDI keyboard, Young Chang Piano, Acoustic blankets, Maschine MK3, AVID Pro Tools and various plugins (Native Instruments, SoundToys, Waves...). And a sofa with pen/paper and a recorder ready to go! I use this space for creating concepts and laying down reference vocals. I work with producers and mix engineers for those projects that require record-caliber acoustics and more advanced gear / recording techniques.

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

  42. A: I'm working on a few EDM writes and productions, an electro pop topline, and a slew of pop songs.

  43. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  44. A: It all depends on the goal. I've studied both but work more digital for my purposes.

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

  46. A: For songwriting, I like to get into my cowriter's head a bit; ask some questions and find out what they're really trying to say or express. What's your typical workflow? Is there a goal genre we're shooting for? It can affect the production, song structure, lyrics and future performance elements. Some remote writers like to mail back n' forth, others do Zoom sessions. I'm flexible. Prior to that, it's good to have a direction and see what talk specific prompts or briefs or review some raw work the writer/artist that we can build upon. For production, it's helpful to get references and inspirations; then review the song and see if it could use some adjustment prior to starting. I'll choose the right producer and vocalist, dependent on budget, and

  47. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  48. A: My studio setup includes an iMac and MacBook Pro, HS8 Monitors, Apogee Quartet, Blue Bottle Mic with multiple head attachments, MIDI keyboard, Young Chang Piano, Acoustic blankets, Maschine MK3, AVID Pro Tools and various plugins (Native Instruments, SoundToys, Waves...). And a sofa with pen/paper and a recorder ready to go! I use this space for creating concepts and laying down reference vocals. I work with producers and mix engineers for projects that require record-caliber acoustics and more intense gear / recordings techniques.

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

  50. A: I appreciate modern pop writers like Max Martin and Benny Blanco, and topliners like Sia. I'm not saying that I love every song, but they've found a system that works for them and is relevant today. Musical math - Being a therapist - Writing a lot and knowing what connects with listeners... My musical tastes range. I like exploring! I'm inspired by singer-songwriters like Cat Stevens (Yusuf), EDM producer-DJs like Lost Frequencies and Meduza, and Pop artists like Coldplay and Gaga. I pay attention to trends and what people are listening to. If I work with someone whose sound I'm less familiar with, I'll digest that genre and relevant artists as much as possible before starting the project. Producers-wise...Jack Antonoff, Mark Ronson, Greg Kurstin. I appreciate unique sounds and the innovation of bedroom producers. I personally lean more towards pop sheen and believe that production's main goal should be to support the song (vs. be the main attraction). Whatever brings out the song / artist the most and cuts through!

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

  52. A: Songwriting, toplining, lyric writing and managing the production process.

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Project terms are dependent on scope. Please provide details on your goals and budget. Paul will propose a scope with pricing, splits (if applicable), timeline, and any other details to get started.

GenresSounds Like
  • Max Martin
  • Sia
  • Ryan Tedder
Gear Highlights
  • Blue Bottle Mic
  • Apogee Quartet
  • HS8 Monitors
  • Pro Tools
  • Various Plugins (i.e. SoundToys
  • iZotope
  • Kontakt)
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