Versatile genre-hopping producer, songwriter, and vocalist with songs featured on Amazon Prime, The Grammys, ESPN, BBC, 50+ networks, and even a video game. Specializes in hooks, so whether you're looking for a songwriter, top liner, or producer, I can help you create an earworm worthy track!
Hey! I'm Steph. I'm a third-generation musician and I've been writing songs and performing in bands for 15+ years, opening for acts like American Authors, Eisley, Steel Train (Jack Antonoff), Jenny Owen Youngs. I'm a multi-instrumentalist and have a deep love for all music, any genre. I also really love helping people accomplish their goals. I've done it in a non-creative setting, as an Operations Manager of an audiobooks company, and I've done it as a creative, producing and consulting for artists and organizations who are looking for a little guidance and support to bring their vision to life.
We could be a great fit if you are :
- A songwriter and/or vocalist who is in need of a producer to bring out the best version of your track
- Looking for a songwriter and/or vocalist to bring your instrumental track to the next level
- Looking for someone to write and produce a track or score start to finish
If this is you, let's talk! I like to start by chatting through your goals and understanding what you're like to achieve to make sure we're a good creative match.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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Steph is amazing! Truly a professional in all sense of the word. She gets the vision that you are trying to create and goes above and beyond to make it happen. Steph was able to take my project to the next level and help guide and teach throughout the process. I highly recommend her services. She is timely, creative, constructive and all around enjoyable to be around and work with. Look no further- she is it!
Steph is the complete package. A true professional! Steph goes above and beyond and continues to exceed expectations. I’ve used Steph’s services on numerous projects and I ONLY have positive things to say about my experience. She’s reliable, talented, punctual, and committed to delivering the best product possible. Look no further. Choose Steph.
Interview with Steph Trivison
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The end product - creating something from nothing!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals? Imagine the song we create is on a Spotify playlist. Who are the other artists on that playlist? What is your timeline? Are there any must-haves or definitely-nots? What do you want the listener to feel or understand from this song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open to ideas - they can come from anywhere! Work with someone who understands what you're trying to accomplish and learn as much as you can from them.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer, Apollo Twin, WA-14, Martin DCX 1E, and a shaker.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: As a third-generation musician, I started super young. I got my first "guitar" at 3 years old, my first drum set at 8. My strong score on a pitch test at 10 put me on a path to join the school band. I took the traditional route to play in the wind ensemble and marching band through high school, while embracing the very untraditional path of joining a pop punk band as its guitarist. My experience playing in bands as an adult led me to festivals, weekend tours, playing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the New York Songwriter's Circle. Now, I've stepped away from live performance and am focusing on sync licensing and music production for artists... like you!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Feel-good, funky, detailed.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Butch Walker - as a producer and artist himself, I know I could learn so much from him. As a producer, working with an indie group like Tegan and Sara would be deeply rewarding.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: All parts should serve the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, R&B, Singer-Songwriter, Americana
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: From a music perspective, melody and songwriting. From a life perspective, empathy. Understanding where an artist is in their career and helping them take their next step.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Ear candy! My sweet spot is creating hooks - instrumental or vocal - that sit well within the context of the song and genre. I also bring a deep understanding of the artist experience - from songwriting and the delicate balance of being in a band, to the sales and marketing functions of an independent artist, I've done it all. I create with the artist's goals in mind.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Before starting on a song, I like to get in the right frame of mind. I light candles, listen to appropriate references for the projects, and get into that headspace. When working for hire, I like to start with just the bones of the song. I send that framework to the artist to make sure the feel, tempo, key, and overall vibe are where the artist would like them to be, before moving on to produce the rest of the track. I touch base with artists via Pibox to address any tweaks to the production that are necessary and then provide the final files, including full, instrumental, and vocal only productions, as well as instrument group stems to the artist. I can provide a simple mix as part of this process, or work with their preferred mix engineers to transfer the files for mixing and mastering.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work from my home studio in Chapel Hill, NC. Nestled in the woods, I take inspiration from nature and wildlife before I get to work. I use Logic as my DAW and have many industry-standard tools, such UA's Apollo Twin, Native Instruments' Kontakt Komplete, Guitar Rig, Splice, and hundreds of effects plugins and VSTs. For my vocals, I use a WA-14 large diaphragm condenser mic. From a ukulele to a cajon, electric & acoustic guitars and basses to classic keys, I have a plethora of live instrumentation options as well as the aforementioned VSTs, allowing the freedom to create in a wide variety of styles. I also use Trello for project management and Pibox for file sharing and commenting.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Butch Walker, Ryan Tedder, Brandi Carlile, Finneas
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Top lining and production for sync licensing, full song production for artists, full song production for organizations