Musician of 16+ years - professional producer and sound engineer - vibey, sonically pleasing tracks; clear, honest, kind communication; a sharp ear. Work on Spotify editorial playlists.
I'm a San Francisco based musician, singer, producer and sound engineer. I like to make soulful music of any kind - sounds that invoke emotion and "vibe"; this is typically in the realm of R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop, electronic and particularly fusions of all of these styles.
I've been commended for having a sharp, trained, discerning ear, giving me an ability to achieve mixes and masters which are sonically pleasing to a wide range of listeners, on a wide range of playback systems.
I have a high value for kind, clear, prompt and respectful communication. I also value giving honest, open feedback when it is desired, yet I also commit myself to helping you to achieve what *you* want from your track.
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30 Reviews - 5 Repeat ClientsEndorse Alexander Plam
Alexander was excellent to work with. You could tell he really cared about the music and did his best to preserve and elevate my vision. Thanks again Alexander!
Quick work and reliable technique. Great results with personalized mastering! Thank you!
Alex was very kind and professional.
Thank you Alex for showing me magic on my track!
Alex was extremely professional and handled my project with care and passion. I would recommend Alex again. He is very consistent and thoughtful and understands the importance of meeting customers expectations. Great job Alex looking forward to you mix and mastering for me again. 👍
Alex is great to work with. I have worked with him several times now.
Really helpful and respectful. Doesn’t make you feel like it’s a pain for him to make amendments either, was a pleasure to work with.
Perfect as always!!
It was an absolute pleasure working with Alexander. He brought so much professionalism to my project, as well as tonnes of enthusiasm and praise to help me realise my potential in the studio! I am super thankful for all the hard work he put in and the times he stepped out of his comfort zone to take the project to new levels.
Alex is a top end producer. From the ability to comprehend your vision, to hospitality and being patient and understanding. If i had to choose a word to describe the atmosphere of working with him: gravitational energy. Its an instant vibe. He’s definitely the type of producer that you want in your corner if your an aspiring artist.
Alex was a pleasure to work with! Very professional, timely and ez-going. I would highly recommend him.
Perfect, what I needed. Tnx
Thank you for making my first EP mastering experience amazing! Tons of great advice/attention to detail and learned a lot from him along the way, looking forward to working with you again!
Alex was great to work with, professional and super easy to get on with. His studio was clean and well equipped and his turn around was quick!
Great work. Highly recommend!
Lovely, proffessional and on time with his edits. Thank you for helping me make a quality track. It sounds so much better and I'm very grateful
Alex was a great deal of help and made our tracks sound exceptional! He’s very responsive, talented and kind. Super understanding of our time and project. Can’t wait to work with him again!
A pleasure to work with, great at what he does and listens to your needs.
Alexander is the man !! On his game and always delivers !! Fast and excellent work !!!!
Fantastic. A pleasure to work with.
Super helpful and willing to listen to feedback and make appropriate changes. So happy with the result!
Great to work with. Very helpful.
Perfection, just what I needed above and beyond and done quickly !!!!!
My 2nd project with Alex and he does not disappoint. Very welcoming and great feedback on ideas. An inspiring young musician who's very helpful in building your project.
Very fast turnaround time, great sound. Cool dude, full send !!
Absolutely brilliant producer who is very good at what he does. Finished the job quicker than I expected. I'll definitely be using him again.
Having worked with Alexander several times, I can attest to the quality and inventiveness of his productions. His abilities as a musician bring so much life to his music and his patient, clear communication make him extremely capable of crafting the right track for your project.
One of the most talented, passionate, brilliant souls I’ve had the honor to work with. Alex puts his all into his work and not only is he skilled but is very open to input. Humble and talented artist! Can’t wait to work with him again!
Super creative and provides amazing input for those new to recording music. Fun to work with and helped make my music become more than just lyrics in a notebook!
Talented, passionate, and knowledgeable! He is very pleasant to work with, and really cares about his craft. Loved working with him, and excited to continue to do so!
Interview with Alexander Plam
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I currently work with a fairly "in the box" setup, almost entirely digital. I think the majority of music listeners wouldn't be able to spot much of the difference between analog and digital recordings with how good emulations have gotten, so I don't think it's a "necessity". Although, getting to enjoy a bit of that extra color and flavor is nice, and there's something really enjoyable about messing with tactile knobs instead of pointing and clicking on a screen.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar at age seven, and a few years later got a little audio interface to plug my guitar into GarageBand. Ever since then I knew I wanted to produce music, and so I've stuck with it to a degree until now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Vibey, clean, soulful music.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently released an EP which I'm really proud of, since the music was all made by myself. I did essentially every role in the process.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: For production stuff, sometimes people ask if they can send a logic project file; the answer is yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I just make beats.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A good ear, passion for music, honesty and creativity.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Repeat answer, but: Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei, FKJ, Andrew Huang, to name a few.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would say using my ear is my strongest skill - I think I have an ability to spot things that sound off, sticking out, or unbalanced, and getting them dealt with so that the result sounds more palatable and enjoyable.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually start by trying to get as organized as possible. Getting tracks in their proper order and into groups. I'm a huge fan of templates, so I like to spend some time "getting my head" around a project before beginning to mix, or whatever the song calls for.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei, FKJ, Andrew Huang, to name a few.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly mixing and mastering things that they've already began working on - occasionally it's doing the entire process with an artist, from fleshing out songwriting, arrangement, composition, then recording, mixing and mastering the track. Those projects I often have a hand in producing instrumentation and doing sound design, whether that's with synths or samples. I occasionally work as a session guitarist in productions.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Nicholas James in LA - I've worked with him a number of times. He's a fantastic producer and composer, and has taught me a lot.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will communicate clearly, kindly and promptly. I will be sensitive to your requests, yet direct about what I can and cannot do. I will put in my best work as if it was my own music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I'm never bored... I work on something different every day. Working on styles of music I wouldn't necessarily make myself gives me a fun challenge and allows me to grow as a producer and expand my abilities.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your reference tracks?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Give a TON of detail about exactly what you're looking for. Include references. The more detail you give, the better the result.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro, a pair of good monitors, audio interface, midi keyboard and a Strat.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: In addition to working with clients, I am hoping to put out an EP of my own later this year.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Fairly in the box setup; Logic Pro on my Mac, Tannoy and Beyerdynamic as far as monitoring, a few keyboards, Audio-Technica mic usually for vocals, Fabfilter and Waves stuff usually for mixing and mastering, Spitfire libraries. Room treatment. Gibson SG, Martin Dreadnought, custom Strat as far as guitars.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I like to make soulful music of any kind - sounds that invoke emotion and "vibe". I love hard hitting drums, heavy bass and dark, vibey melodies - whether instrumental or with vocals. These days it usually falls into the categories of RnB, Soul and Lo-fi Hip Hop. I also have a sweet-spot for metal, since that's my background.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's not enough for something to sound good on its own - it has to sound good in context with every other sound in your mix. Enjoyable listening experiences are so dependent on dynamic. Consider how one sound is impacting the rest.