Andrew Pelletier

Producing, Mixing, Mastering

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I've written, produced, and recorded countless songs with compelling lyrics and melodies, have toured extensively, and taught music for the last 15 years.

You want someone working on your music who is a true believer not just in your music, but in you. With my expertise in helping musicians learn more about their craft (I have been a music teacher for 15 years), and being a songwriter now for 20 years, I can guide you and your music to where it needs to be. I have a fully functional home studio, attached from the house, where I currently record, produce, mix, and master songs every day. I play all the main instruments you'd need. The songs you hear on here all played and recorded by myself. I am based in Los Angeles, CA. I have a degree in music composition from Columbia College Chicago, compose string and horn arrangements, and write and produce albums all day long!

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Languages

  • English

4 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Boris Ivanov
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    Andrew is very professional and easy to work with, and catches creative ideas very well! Already planning more work with him on board!

  2. Review by Michael H.
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    Andrew is such a gifted songwriter. He reveiwed all of my songs, provided invaluable feedback quickly and gave me a variety of options to work with. My approach to songwriting has changed for the better thanks to Andrew. He is also a great guy who is very easy going and fun to work with. I highly recommend him for anyone looking to fine tune their songs and really take them to the next level.

  3. Review by Kassy
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    Andrew has an incredible voice and was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was able to turn a demo around insanely fast and communicated great. Look forward to working with him again in the future!

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    Great service. Highly recommended!

Interview with Andrew Pelletier

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

  2. A: I think it would be the last Fur Trader EP that I released in April. It's the first project I've done where I recorded and mixed everything. My other albums had some other engineers on it, but this one I did all from my garage. I kept it lo-fi and intimate, and it took me a while to understand it, in a sense. But it seems to be connecting to people in a very personal way.

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

  4. A: I'm working on an EP for a singer/songwriter here in LA. Very Americana. And then I'm recording and producing 2 albums for someone that lives in Switzerland. Sort of folkier tunes, full instrumentation.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both. I like as analog as possible on the way in. Obviously, I'm not working on tape, but having real pre-amps and compressors on microphones before it hits the computer has transformed my work. I'll also send sounds to an amp, like I said, or a Tascam Porta02 cassette tape recorder to give sounds more analog tone. But I'm not at the point where everything is analog yet. I like how easy computers are (for the most part haha)

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

  8. A: I promise to work hard and truly listen to what you've made and what you want. I won't send anything over if I don't like it myself.

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

  10. A: "Can you make it sound like [this]". My answer is always: "I'll do my absolute best, of course. But sometimes the song determines where it wants to go, and I tend to follow to your song more than any reference song you provide!"

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

  12. A: That it's easy or hasty to do it. You're creating something out of nothing-so it takes time and patience. I wouldn't send anything I'm not proud of either!

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

  14. A: Is this song part of a larger project? If so, what other ideas and sounds have you got? How can I help make this better?

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

  16. A: I've been performing music since I was 4 (so about 34 years). I've been writing songs and singing songs for 23 years. I've been playing instruments academically and professionally for 20 years. I went to school for music and have a degree in music and have been teaching music and performing music all over the country since graduating. I started producing for other people when I moved to Los Angeles in 2019!

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: I find myself working on a lot of Americana/folk songs. A very melody-focused, emotive vocal style. I would like to think I'm versatile as a singer and producer but my songwriting style is very guitar based, folky, and rhythmic, and I think songwriters gravitate toward that in me when looking for a producer.

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

  20. A: Angel Olsen. I just really think it would wonderful to sing with her. Her records sound so so good (John Congleton), but I think her style of songwriting would lend itself to a very DIY type sound.

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

  22. A: Re-amping. I send most auxiliary sounds to a variety of amps I have in the studio for extra color. So, synth pads and samples that I use in the background of music to sort of glue everything together typically run through a tube amp to get some grit and a less sampl-y sound!

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

  24. A: Singer/songwriter, acoustic, Americana, indie folk

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: I would say bringing life to an idea? I'm able to show the client everything I'm hearing and thinking in real time, because I play a lot of instruments. And so we can parse through ideas quickly and efficiently (even when working remotely! I have a client in Switzerland and it's the fastest I've ever worked). Then on the writing side: melody, harmonic structure, and lyrics. I pay extremely close attention to melody and the way a line of vocal moves. Even something repetitive can be evolving. My philosophy (as of now) is that a melody should be able to be sung back to me by someone who isn't a singer. That's kind of the ultimate test of a strong melody. There is a lot of room for innovation, though. So I make sure to keep it left-of-center and intriguing. I love writing chord progressions (harmonic structure), though I tend to write melody first and find the chords and harmony secondary. I can very much craft lyrics into something meaningful, that has an arc.

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

  28. A: Many of years of writing and editing and performing. I was thinking about how long I've been writing songs the other day, and it's around 27 years. Since I was 10. Most of those songs have been my own, which is why I'm excited to work on other people's songs because my own musical voice is seasoned and very much honed in and unique. I also have a degree in music composition, which is extremely helpful because I know what works and what doesn't work. It's kind of like my filter. I've gotten good at editing myself to make sure the song, or my role in the song, is tasteful and musically sound.

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

  30. A: Every project is always different, obviously, but they all start with a foundational instrument being recorded. Typically it's guitar or piano, and arrange the song at this point. Either myself or the client will play it and then we just build from there. We always have the option to mute the foundational instrument! Then I record as many things as I think should be in the song, and then the process of mixing starts, where we try out different versions of the song, different focal points and volumes, etc.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: I have a home studio in a converted garage. I have BAE 1073 pre-amps that I use for pretty much everything to get that Neve console sound, then out to some Audioscape LA2A clones, into my Audient interface. I have 12 channels available, so I'm able to do full drums. I'm monitoring with Focals as my main speakers, and some Avantone Cubes. Everything powered by a Mac M2

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

  34. A: I have been mostly re-creating people's demos! They send me rough ideas of a song and I turn it into a fully produced work. I play most instruments, including vocals, and am able send back an entirely new song, with all the bells and whistles.

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

  36. A: Not that I know of just yet!

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

  38. A: I get to help make people feel really good about what they're doing and about themselves. I love providing with something that they'll have forever and something that they unendingly enjoy. It's sometimes like they didn't even know that they could have something that was better than what they started with, and that's really important to me.

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

  40. A: I respond really well to you being open and providing a space for me to do something. A lot of time people approach me with a very specific style or vibe or color or artist to emulate and then they're disappointed when it's not EXACTLY what they had in their head. Maybe they can find someone who fits their needs better, I'm not sure. But if you're hiring an artist, let that person be an artist. It's also better to tell me what you DON'T want it to sound like. Like "this song has kind of a Velvet Underground vibe, but we don't want the vocals to sound like Lou Reed."

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

  42. A: Definitely 2 guitars- my 1965 Epiphone Cortez acoutic, and my 1967 Epiphone Casino. A hollow body bass guitar. A piano. And an old RCA compressor.

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

  44. A: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Elvis Costello, Phillip Glass, Thom Yorke, David Bazan, LOW, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Neutral Milk Hotel, My Bloody Valentine, Angel Olsen, Elliott Smith

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I was the record/mixing engineer, singer, guitarist, drummer, bassist, pianist in this production

Terms Of Service

I allow 2 revisions for each song
String arrangements- allow a 5 day turnaround and if anything more than a quartet I charge $50 per extra instrument

GenresSounds Like
  • Elliott Smith
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • Jeff Tweedy
Gear Highlights
  • Audient id44
  • Universal Audio Plugins
  • BAE 1073s
  • AudioScape Opto Comp
  • Warm Audio WA251
  • Shure SM7
  • Neumann KM184s
  • upright piano
  • Epiphone Casino
  • Fender Jag
  • Gibson ES125
  • Epiphone Cortez
  • Fender Mustang Bass
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