Danish music award winning musician hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Richard Farrell (AKA J Fitz) is a vocalist and songwriter. An intuitive, thoughtful and soulful musician, with a the sensitive and calm approach. Warm, velvety and rough vocal timbres, a blues and soul vocalist. An ear for great harmonies,warm melodies and crafty lyrics.
Richard navigates many genres and musical fields. But anywhere he puts his energy, it commands a soulful vibration and heart felt depth.
He lives in Denmark, writing music and playing live music.
His blues/soul band Trainman Blues was co-founded with producer Laust 'Krudtmejer' Nielsen, winning best Danish Blues Album at the 2018 and 2021 Danish Music Awards.
Listen to their new album below:
For his own solo music, Richard follows his heroes, Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Stephen Still - Folk and soul music with a jazz atmosphere coupled with deep heart felt lyrics. He released his latest LP, 'Bathing In Cold Water' in spring 2023, receiving a multitude of positive reviews from all around Europe.
Electronic music, house, hiphop, anything that grooves, Richard loves to dance and with that, loves to write music for people who write upbeat groovy tunes. In the last two years he has written/recorded and sang for some insatiable artists.
How to Begin?
Hit the contact button above and message me with the following: instrumental track/guide tracks, ideas for vocals and references of vocals you envision for the project, and deadline if applicable.
Featuring credit can be negotiated in some cases, PUBLISHING IS RETAINED ON ALL SONGWRITING JOBS.
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313 Reviews - 61 Repeat ClientsEndorse Richard Farrell
Working with Richard was super exciting. Highly recommend working with him!!
Excellent singer & total pro!
Richard is a great person with a fantastic voice and a great sense of singing with soul & heart
An absolute professional who puts into the song everything that should be there and something more.
Great and fast cooperation!
Working with Richard is a dream. He's an incredible singer-songwriter and a pleasure to interact with. He's super professional and highly recommended!
Always a pleasure! Can't recommend enough.
Richard is an absolute pro. Fast turnaround and incredible talent.
Incredible voice, uses it really well, very professional, would highly recommend!
Wonderful work as well as the person!
Love this man's voice. There is no mistaking who he is when he starts singing.
One more good experience with Richard,
Hope work with you as soon as possible!
Richard is simply the consummate pro with exceptional talent. Once again, he blew my co-writer and I away. We cannot wait to write another song to take advantage of his great vocal talents. Richard & Lisa
Very talented person. It was very fun to work with. very good and beautiful artistic propositions and very solid interpretation.
Can't wait for the next song!
Quick and friendly. I chose Richard because he doesn't sound like everyone else, and that's exactly what I got. Hopefully we can work together again.
I am beyond thrilled with the outcome and having been able to to work with the man like Richard! So glad I took a chance! Thank you R!! Hope to do it again soon!
Very talented - wonderful voice, and easy to work with. Will def work with Richard again!
Richard was highly professional in the voice recording process. The final result was exceptional, and I'm very satisfied with his work. I'll definitely collaborate with him again
As always Richard delivered perfect vocals for my needs
"Remarkable Richard" is certified to bring your music to another level. He's a pro, has unbelievable musicianship, and he's one of a kind voice with a unique character to it. He knows how to sell the lyrics; he's very believable. Highly recommend him once again.
Richard has an incredible voice. A very reliable and talented artist. 5 full stars and hopefully we will soon start a project together again. Stay Toxic!
Pynkman - Toxic Love
Perfect as always!!! Flexible approach and attitude helps to work distantly…
Interview with Richard Farrell
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Trainman Blues. Singer and Songwriter. I am in love with Blues music and I think it's affect on modern and old music is immense. I would love to see a revival of blues. Soul and jazz music have progressed into new and interesting forms, I think this is possible with blues.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Trainman Blues. A modern day blues project with hiphop production techniques and understated laid back feel.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog definitely has a warmer and softer sound, it reacts in a natural way to what you put into it. It's definitely not as portable as digital equipment, as easy to set up or quick in finding new and interesting plugins, virtual instruments etc...
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Soulfulness, warmth, guts and attention to detail.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to work with different musicians, songwriters and producers form all around the world. Being able to express my self in an art form which comes very naturally to me.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When can you have the track ready? That depends on how much guidance you give me, or lee way to be creative. Influences, bar numbers, vocals guides etc...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The true message behind the voice.....
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the overall message of your music? Why are you doing it?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to the intention behind the voice, many voices have a clear and clean exterior but sometimes the singer does not bring the force of the subject matter/message into the music. I really live what I'm singing!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A guitar, piano, a Ray Charles and BB King records, a bottle of whiskey and a note pad.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been singing since I can remember. I began playing the piano from age 6. I started formally singing in a choir when I was 8 and received 5 years of music education in the choir school in theory, singing and piano which set me for life. I am 32 now, so I have been at it over 26 years now!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Simple, understated, warm and gutsy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bill Withers, a master of simplicity and soulfulness!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If it feels good, and the ambience is right, keep it!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Blues, soul, folk, electronic, hiphop and jazz music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening to the client, vocal intonation and performance.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity, small details, soul and warmth. I try to bring the best qualities of blues and soul to any song I work with.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the track on repeat until I have an understanding of the flow and meter of it. After absorbing it, I allow melodies to flow through me, letting my vocal chords loose and seeing where the sound takes me. I demo the track a few times depending on how happy I am with the melody/lyrics. After this process I am ready to record the track. There are many different routes I can take depending on the wishes of the client and his/her influences to give me guidance.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Mac book pro 15 inch Retina which I use Pro tools and a Focusrite 6i6 as my preamp. A shure SM7 is my go to microphone as it suits my voice best, I have other mics such as a Rode NTK and Behringer AT2020. I have vocal screen and pop shield to create clear recordings.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Singers like Ray Charles, Toma Waits, Nina Simone, BB King and Nat King Cole are some of my favourites. Modern day producers and musicians such as Quantic, The Dap Kings, Jon Hopkins and Dan Auerbach really inspire me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am a vocalist and songwriter, so I really embrace giving all I have when singing and writing songs. I really focus in on the small details, intonation, timbre, melody and lyrics, this where I'm most at home. With years of experience recording in studios and playing in various different outfits I am very adaptable and open minded.