Sharp Edges is an LA-based production duo that offers services such as songwriting, recording, producing, mixing and mastering as well as singing on your next song! Made up of Katie Tucker, a Double-Platinum Songwriter, and Moises Zulaica, a multi-talented producer with production credits like Cheat Codes "HELLRAISERS" and Paty Cantú "La Mexicana"!
Sharp Edges is made up of singer, songwriter, recording engineer and vocal producer Katie Tucker, and producer, guitarist, mixing, and mastering engineer Moises Zulaica. We nurture every song from the first melody to the final master. With Katie’s attentiveness to writing, vocal coaching, singing and recording, and Moises’ unique, genre-bending production and engineering, these two compose a creative pair that is unlike any other production duo. Their professional studio, Sharp Edges Studio, is located in North Hollywood, CA.
Let us work on your next song! We are able to adjust to fit your needs because we have worked on hundreds of songs in different genres. And our gear, including a $12,000 vocal chain, will give you the highest quality sound comparable to any pop record out there!
No matter the project, you can expect us to deliver powerful melodies, attention grabbing lyrics, with the right performance and top sonic quality.
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11 ReviewsEndorse Sharp Edges
Katie is amazing! I love working with her and I'll hire her again.
Katie was great to work with. She delivered all the assets with quick turn around, professionally tracked and labelled. Collaborating with Katie was super smooth. Will definitely be using Katie in the future for her vocal and songwriting ability!
Working with Katie Tucker has been a dream! I have brought on clients to work with her wherein she was able to write the perfect song for what they were looking for, her songs are extremely catchy, and her style is versatile and exceptional in many genres including Pop, Alt Pop, KPop, R&B, and others. Her vocal production is top quality and we left with hit songs that we are so happy with. She is very communicative, fair, and works quickly. I will definitely be working with Katie again and cannot recommend her more highly!!
I have known Katie Tucker professionally since 2009, and cannot say enough great things about her as a songwriter, vocalist, producer & business person. She is reliable, quick, and full of talent. Anyone would be lucky to have her vocals or pen on their song. Katie will continue to show the world her talent. I am grateful to call her a collaborator.
If you have the chance to work with Katie Tucker do 👏not 👏pass 👏it 👏up.
Katie is all around INCREDIBLE- she crafts songs with true care and intention and without any of the BS or filler- just DAMN GOOD SONGS. Her pop sensibilities are SO strong in every area -lyrics, melody, vocals -and GUYS- I have NEVER realized just how much a great vocal arrangement can truly LEVEL UP a track before working with Katie. I have been BLOWN AWAY by her creative arrangements + attention to detail in supporting the foundation of the song while drawing out all the magical potential. WORK WITH HER WHILE U CAN!
Katie is honestly the hardest working writers I know and she consistently inspires me to step up my game. From versatile vocal delivery and lyrical prowess, to her ability and willingness to create music of any genre, to her hustle while still consistently cranking out quality tunes, I would absolutely recommend working with her to anyone.
Katie is one of my favorite people to write with. I’m an artist and she’s so good at seeing you & hearing you, but still always suggesting if something could be stronger. I love her vocal coaching & vocal production... she always makes my vocals sound amazing even if we’re just submitting a demo. Grateful to work with her!
i’ve never worked with someone so patient, happy and really tries to understand me as an artist. If you have the opportunity to work with Katie you are beyond fortunate. Love her dearly
Katie is not only an absolutely stunning vocalist and songwriter, but she is also an immensely skilled vocal producer. If you want the highest level of songwriting, top-line, or vocal production look no further!!
Katie has the best vocals in the game!! On top of that, she is a phenomenal songwriter and always delivers the best quality recordings, can't say enough good things about her work!!
I work with Katie all the time and she is amazing in all areas. She brings an open/creative mind, amazing ear, and a hard working mentality to make sure everything she delivers is top level quality. A true creative!
Interview with Sharp Edges
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I went to Berklee College of Music in 2009, and after that I moved to NYC in 2012 where I started working in music professionally. My first song placement was for VH1 when I was in college, and then I started writing for other shows like So You Think You Can Dance in The Netherlands, and a traveling company called STS. Then I started writing music for other artists as well as performing my own music in venues in like Webster Hall. I also featured on a few songs with Christian Reindl under my artist name, Atrel, that have millions of views! I loved NYC, but I decided to move to LA for more career opportunities, and that's when I got my biggest placement with the artist Namie Amuro, and the song went Double-Platinum! Since then I've been working in LA with a lot of up and coming artists, and I've been working on sync music for different shows for Universal. And I started a company called Sharp Edges Records. I decided to join SoundBetter so that I can reach more people. I'm excited to be starting this chapter with SoundBetter.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: GEAR LIST COMPUTER Mac Mini M1 Pro Tools Studio Ableton Live 11 Logic Pro X Waves Diamond Bundle FabFilter Suite Celemony Melodyne Antares Auto-tune Unlimited Vocalign Project 3 & 5 Soundtoyds Bundle Mixed In Key Spectrasonics Omnisphere, Keyscape & Trillian Arturia V Collection 8 & Fx Collection 2 reFX Nexus Slate Digital Bundle iZotope RX8, Ozone 9 & Vocal Synth Komplete 12 Soothe 2 Output Bundle Black Box Analog HG-2 Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Valhalla VintageVerb, Delay, FreqEcho, Room, SpaceModulator & Supermassive XLN RC-20 & Addictive Drums MONITORING Yamaha HS8 Genelec M040 Yamaha HS8S Avantone Mixcubes MICROPHONES Neumann U 87 Ai Blue Kiwi Shure SM7B (x4) Shure SM57 (x2) Shure PG81 Slate Digital VMS ML-1 HEADPHONES Sony MDR7506 (x2) Audio-Technica ATH-M40X Audio-Technica ATH-M30X (x2) INSTRUMENTS Fender Limited Edition American Vintage Hot Rod 50’s Telecaster MIM Pau Ferro Stratocaster Squier 60s Precision Bass Prophet Rev 2 Yamaha DX7 Ibanez SR400EQM Bass Cordona Mini II M Nylon Guitar Taylor 110 Acoustic Guitar M-Audio Axiom Pro61 Alesis V49 MKI Cajon OUTBOARD GEAR UAD Apollo 8 Duo UAD Apollo Twin MKII Duo UA 1176LN Limiting Amplifier dbx 166xs Stereo Compressor/Limiter/Gate Manley TNT 2-Channel Preamp UA LA-610 Channel Strip PreSonus Central Station w/Remote Electro-Harmonix EHX-2020 Tuner BOSS SD-1 Overdrive BOSS JB-2 Overdrive BOSS NS-2 Noise Supressor JHS PG-14 Overdrive NUX Solid Studio Amp and Cab Simulator Electro-Harmonix Grand Canyon Delay & Looper TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb TC Electronic Spark Gain Boost
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That we can only do one thing - make songs. We love that, but we offer a lot more. There's so much more to being a creative in the professional music industry than just that. We've invested in ourselves with our education as well as our Sharp Edges Studio. We run our own business, and that requires connecting with others and negotiating for yourself as well as the other collaborators we work with. We wear a lot of hats for what we do! It's not always easy, but we love it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I love to ask artist clients what music inspires them, and if they have an inspirational playlist to send me if I'm working on their artist project, and what in their life is making them feel the most in that moment. If I'm being hired to record a song, I like to ask what vocalists the client likes as well to give me an idea of the style they're going for.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The more information you're able to give me on what you want and what you'd like for your project, the better! Communication is key. I also ask that a client puts some trust in my creative process. After that, I'm always happy to make any changes, and the more specific you can be with those changes, the easier it is to achieve the desired end result!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would bring my keyboard, because that's my main instrument after singing, my violin because playing is a hobby I really enjoy, an Sm7 microphone because it sounds great in most spaces, an Apollo interface to boost the volume of the mic, and my laptop and headphones for necessity. I know that's 6 pieces, but still!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: When I work on music with no boundaries, I love to work on pop music that is vocal centric with unique, somewhat dark lyrics. I love dark pop, but I like a lot of pop sub-genres.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: To put it briefly, our main work is singing, writing, recording, producing, mixing and mastering songs. A lot of my client work is recording songs, whether it's a demo or a song that's going to be released. We also write and record songs for television and ad placement. We get hired by artists to help them find their sound!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Jessie J. She crafts her songs so brilliantly and her vocals are stellar, so I'd just love to be in the room with a big singer like her, and be part of her creative process.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of the music we work on is based in Pop. But that's such a broad genre. There are so many sub-genre categories within that. So in one week we'll work on songs from J-Pop, to Rnb, to Alt-Pop. It really just depends on the song briefs we get from companies that week, or the artists we're working with.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would have to say my vocal work is my strongest skill. I write all of the time, and I think what takes my writing to the next level is thinking about the performance in every step of the creative process. I believe a song and vocal performance have to be strongly linked. Even when I'm not recording it myself, if I write the song, I assist with the vocal delivery to really elevate that song to another level.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by artists like Sia and Labrinth who write their own music and also write for others. They also have a super unique sound that you hear in their writing, even if another artist is singing it. I think that's so cool.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am working for an artist named Little Luna, and it's the first song getting released that I am a co-producer on. I co-wrote it, co-produced it, recorded the artist, and arranged and edited all of the vocals. Bringing the creative that I've been doing for a long time as well as the technical elements that I've learned later on has been a great experience. I'm also learning production, and having my first professional product where I'm the producer is really rewarding. She is a great artist, and it's a beautiful song. I'm proud to be a part of it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: We're working on a lot of independent or small label artist projects and helping them find their sound through writing and vocal production. We're also doing a lot of sync music to get placed in television shows and advertisements.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes! I work all the time with Moises Zulaica, an incredible producer, mixing and mastering engineer. We work on a lot of projects together, and he always delivers top quality work. I also have the pleasure of working with Stefan PVDS, an incredible guitar player, songwriter and artist. He brings his A game to every project.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! I think that both bring so much to the table. Analog can bring a warm, human quality to a record, whereas digital can expand a song's soundscape and bring so much versatility. Both hand in hand delivers magic in my opinion!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that we will always provide high quality work, because we are meticulous about it, and what projects we take on. I have a lot of experience doing what I do, and I only take on projects that I believe I can provide the highest quality. If we're not the right fit, I am always happy to pass that project on to someone in our music community that is better for the job!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I know this may sound cliché, but it's true: no two days are alike! Every artist we work with is different, every song is different, and we love having a chance to create in different styles. That way it never gets stale, and the passion stays. I also just love to sing, so when I get a chance to record a song, it's really fun for me. I've recorded and written thousands of songs, and every song still feels like an exciting puzzle to solve and unfold, from the writing to the recording and arranging. There's a reason musicians choose this career path. No matter how hard it can get, you love what you do. That's a gift.