Pop/rock producer who's worked for various indie artists and brands like Jack Daniels. I work in my project studio in East Nashville where I write songs, produce, program beats, play guitar/bass/keys, sing vocal parts, engineer, mix, and master records. BA from Berklee in Music Production.
As a record producer, I am available to be hired during the writing and/or production stages. When writing, I can write for or co-write with artists remotely or in person. I record full bands or work with solo artists, producing tracks from start to finish. Live instrumentation, in-the-box production, or both. Rock, pop, Americana, jazz and classical styles. Current or retro vibes.
I also frequently play guitar, bass, keys and sing backgrounds on tracks I produce. Check out the "Game of Love" EP by Warren North for a record I co-wrote, produced, mixed and played guitars/bass/keys on.
I have extensive experience mixing and mastering. I work with a hybrid studio, with a mix of analog gear and plug-ins when mixing. I also have quality outboard gear for mastering. A single I mastered in 2021, "Don't Lay Down" by Andrew Deadman is currently be played on L.A. radio. I also mastered his latest single "This Ain't Love." Mastering a handful of singles and a full album in 2021 is the most recent development in my work in record production.
Since I'm also a film composer, I can lend my arranging and orchestration skills to records. Often I'm hired for more cinematic projects where string arrangements or even classical approaches or needed, combining pop writing and sensibilities with more traditional orchestration. A current record I am making like this is for a musical.
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- Jack Daniels
- Maybe Someday (film)
- Temple University
- The Diner
- Arielle Joy
- FL Dept of Health
- Man Portable (film)
- Andrew Deadman
- James Strange
- John Marshall Media
- Jumptwist Music
- Christ in Youth
- Warren North
- PNC Bank
- Mandy Thomas
- Eastern Bank
- Sun Life Financial
- King Leg
- AFAR Travel Tales (podcast)
4 ReviewsEndorse Allen Carrescia
I’ve worked closely with Allen for years in lots of different scenarios from writing, recording, mixing, mastering, and performing live. I take all of my projects to Allen for mastering. He has great musical instincts, years of experience, and a modern studio with tons of high-end gear. My tracks always come back sounding super professional and radio-ready.
Allen has worked with with us at John Marshall Media for many years and has consistently delivered excellent tracks and goes above and beyond in making sure his clients are happy. Takes direction well and is extremely fast and versatile. Highly recommended!
I went to Berklee with Allen, and have known him for over 20 years. He's one of the best musicians I know. His songwriting, production, recording, mixing, orchestration, vocal, and guitar skills are world class. He's adept at every style. You shouldn't hesitate to hire Allen for any and all of your musical needs.
A versatile writer/producer who is passionate, talented, and dedicated to his craft, and helping you to achieve your vision.
Interview with Allen Carrescia
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A couple dark pop tracks for a production library, a feature film score, and producing a record for an indie musical.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Digital for convenience, analog for vibe. I would love to be all analog, but, I mean, I'm typing this on a computer right now, right?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll follow your direction, stick to your vision and make your success my goal.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I'm making music everyday.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What are your rates? Then I say, "hey let's talk about your project first."
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If my work inspires you, then take a chance and hire me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Flea 47, Chandler Limited TG Cassette, Studer tape deck, Fender Stratocaster, Homestead bf25
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I played a ton of music growing up. Piano at ag 4, then guitar at 12, then bands during high school and jazz band at school, etc. I went to Berklee College of Music for 4 years and graduated with a degree in Music Production and Engineering. Then afterward I started recording bands and producing songs. A few years later I started scoring short films and getting into ad music. I also got into filmmaking. This is all about 15 years ago now and have been doing all that and more since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Melodic, inspiring, sometimes edgy, other times smooth, sometimes retro, other times current.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Leon Russell. He passed away but he was one of the greatest songwriters.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Keep it simple. Try to move an audience with a little as possible then embellish and build on it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I'm honestly working on a variety at any given time. Pop, classical, rock, synth wave, ad music (which can be anything), jazz, etc.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Songwriting/composing (and really, also guitar playing)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Originality and pop-sensibility. It's a fine line. I typically push for lyrics to be poetic but not obscure. My melodies are catchy and memorable. My tracks stylistically relevant and they have integrity, i.e., all the parts support the whole.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically like to gather a client's vision and any references or direction or dreams they have for their music or project. Usually that's a phone call or email thread. When creating, with the exception of writing a song on the guitar or having a co-writing session on piano or guitar, I go right into making a record as I'm writing parts, producing a track, etc. With mixing and mastering I just get stems and get to work.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a powerful hybrid setup recording with Pro Tools. I use Antelope conversion and Ocean Way monitors. Rupert Neve Designs and Chandler Limited (TG cassettes!) as a front end. I have a collection of compressors including a Tube Tech Cl1b and a Retro STA level. My go to mic is either a Flea 47 or Shure sm7b, but I have a variety. I also have a collection of new and vintage electric guitars, a bass, uke, electric sitar and a couple acoustics.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm kinda old school. George Martin with the Beatles of course. I love Jimmy Page's work with Led Zeppelin, and I'm just a huge lover of classic records, the sounds of recording consoles, etc. Ennio Morricone and Bernard Herrmann are big film score heroes of mine.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: It's pretty much a split between song production and film scoring/commercial track production.