I've worked on multiple viral songs by artists like Andrew Montana, Odie Leigh, Kevin Atwater, and more. I pride myself on always adding elements that make the song stand out whether in recording techniques, production elements, or artistic mixing choices.
You know when you go to a restaurant and they have a little sign that says something like "we make everything to order, please be patient"? That's my entire philosophy towards making music. Oftentimes I feel that producers/mix engineers will outfit a song with genre clichés rather than really sit down and listen to what a song needs. For me, working on a song feels like learning how to record/produce/mix for the very first time every time.
I have a curious, exploratory process with a lot of experimentation. One where no stone is left unturned. This is often where the consultation meeting comes in (optional). I'm a big lore guy, and I feel motivated by knowing and understanding the artist's intentions behind the song. Depending on what I'm needed for, we'll discuss how your ideas translate into decisions for each step of the process. I love to work off of references, and I equally love conversation around what your sound's identity is.
Sometimes this takes a little longer, but I confidently believe that's a large contributor to the success of the songs I've worked on. Music-making should be fun.
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I had the pleasure of recording an acoustic set and accompanying video with Kyle earlier this year. So knowledgeable, capable, and efficient! The mixes I’ve received sound pristine and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Thank you, Kyle :’)
Kyle is the BEST!!!! I have never recorded anything before and was so nervous, but Kyle was incredibly kind, patient, and understanding with me the whole time. He really focuses on making sure you get what YOU want out of this experience and encouraging your creative ideas.I am so proud of what we created, it turned out just right, thanks to Kyle. He’s a delight to work with and I wholeheartedly recommend him!!!
Working with Kyle couldn’t have been a better experience. Through his capturing-the-moment production style, as well as through his consistently positive attitude, the experience I had working with him on my music was fantastic.
Magnificent! It is clear immediately and proven time-and-time again how deeply he cares for each song he produces (or even just interacts with at all). His creativity, passion, drive, and genuine love for the musical projects he is involved in definitively set him apart from other producers, and he is already developing a distinct style early on in what is hopefully a long career: because artists and listeners both deserve his remarkable work.
Quick turn-around, communicative, and a really good listener. I would definitely work with him again!
Interview with Kyle Benor
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to the artist.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My specialty is folk, indie, country and singer-songwriter. That being said I studied film and video game scoring in college and have a background in orchestral music. I'm also a classical pianist and a trained rock vocalist. I don't think myself to be limited by genre, the genre I listen to most is definitely pop and I know myself to have good pop sensibilities.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Production is definitely my strongest skill. There's always going to be someone who can do a cleaner, higher quality mix than you. But I genuinely believe myself to bring a irreplaceable creative touch to the music I work on. Producer's are artists and I hope to be the right creative addition to your team.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I hope to bring an understanding of a song that aligns with the view of the artist and enhances it with my own skillset. I never want to make a song that an artist regrets putting out months down the line, and so listening to the artist is my biggest priority. The moment the production of a song clicks for the first time, I really get into a groove and stop at nothing to see the vision through.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to be involved from start to finish with songs, and so my preference is to engineer and produce songs to really execute my vision. There's so much to be gained in charting out a unique recording setup for a song that creates a unique sonic quality. With remote recordings, I'll typically see what I can do with the artist's setup and pre-plan a bit. I like the production process to be a lot of bouncing ideas off each other and finding common influences until we're on the same page. My mix process is a fugue state.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a sound-cured home studio that's great for recording. Microphone-wise I have AKG 414s, a 47 tube microphone, and a 60s ribbon microphone among others. I have a bass, Nord Piano, a Fender guitar amp, a Prophet Rev 2 synthesizer, a 4-track cassette recorder, and a drum kit. My secret weapon is my Neve preamps which create a massive, colorful sound from my microphones. I work with Pro Tools and Logic Pro X and I have most industry standard plug-ins in my arsenal, as well as some lesser known ones that I favor for a unique sound.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm very inspired by alternative recording environments, some of my favorite records were recorded very DIY. My biggest inspiration is Adrianne Lenker's "songs", which inspired me to become a producer. I think an artist needs to tap into their environment and connect with it in an inspiring way, and I've done many recordings in nature, cabins in the woods, etc. I think this lends to records having a particular sound because of the unique conditions they were made under.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I typically work with artists on defining their sound and realizing their vision as it translates to their studio recordings. Most of my artists have been performers first, and I enjoy the process of capturing their energy in a recording by working on their recording technique and creating a good recording environment. I believe artists need to know what their toolkit is, and I hope to help them better understand how to achieve their sound by encouraging them to co-produce with me to the extent they're comfortable.