"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break the rules like an artist" I've spent years working and learning so that I could implement this quote. I've learned the rules of music (arranging, harmony, rhythm, technique) so that I can break free of them and create something new every time I sit down to produce, write or mix.
My expertise lies in vocal performance, production and mixing. From vocal tuning, to time correcting, and creating sounds from scratch, I'm able to take reference mixes and adapt a song to have similar sonic characteristics while preserving the individuality of the artist I'm working with.
PEOPLE SAY "Versatility is a bad word for a singer..." but I've found a way to authentically deliver on multiple genres without any spill-over from one to the other.
My main genres are rock, country, and pop.
Secondary genres: Musical theater, Classical (English, Latin)
An artist isn't much without their tools: and I've spent years acquiring the tools needed for every type of musical project that comes into my studio.
Mixing, editing, arranging, time correcting, tuning, and even mastering are possible here at a competitive price!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
6 ReviewsEndorse Steve Mecca
MEC is a pleasure to work with.
Steve is a wonderful vocalist with a great work ethic. When he took on my project, he really went to work on it and got the job done. I plan on working with him for future projects. 100% recommended.
I worked with Steve on recent VO project for a broadcast spot. He was easy to work with and responded quickly to any and all requests from the client.
I have worked extensively with Mec in all areas of production ,arrangement ,and composition
I would recommend his services to anyone at any level of project development
Steve is a great vocalist and pianist himself, with years of experience in live/recorded sound as well as performing. He’s got a great ear, pop/rock sensibility, and is a pleasure to work with. Strongly recommend for singer-songwriters looking for feedback and collaboration on original music.
An amazing talent. A Musical Renaissance Man. He does it all, writing, playing, singing, recording, and all first rate. A total pro. It’s a delight to work with him.
Interview with Steve Mecca
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge? I'm not the cheapest on the block, but I give you your money's worth, guaranteed!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust the process. The first idea isn't always the one you stick with. A song will be written and re-written 2-3x to get to that intoxicating result that listeners can't get out of their heads.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I pay close attention to the overall message of the song. BUT - the mood doesn't dictate the musical character. Sometimes it's: Sad Song = Happy Melody... Or flip it around. It all depends on the artist and the process. Listening to different examples until something CLICKS.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Learn the song before recording a single track to work out the kinks in the arrangment. Record a skeleton of the song on one instrument, simple beat, and melody line. Then start chiseling the melodies into a solid form and write lyrics While this is happening - we're crafting beats, fills, sfx, uplifters, drops and any other elements that will help to elevate the top line.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Whisper Room Iso Booth Vocal Mic: Neumann TLM 102 Preamp: Universal Audio LA-610 I/O: Avid Omni DSP: Waves Soundgrid DLS DAWs:Pro Tools 2022, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 11 Suite Virtual Instruments: Komplete 13 Ultimate, Omnisphere, Serum, Maschine 2, Syrum, Slate Drums Waves Platinum+CLA, Kramer, SSL, iZotope Sound Repair Celemony Melodyne Vocalign
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kygo, Ed Sheeran, Trent Reznor, Zedd, Deadmau5, Charlie Puth
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Voice Recordings (Top Line, Demos, Voice Overs) Original Music Scoring and Production
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Detail and speed. I'm very fast and efficient in my production technique. From producing to recording vocals. If you give me 8 hours, I can produce a top quality, full arrangement complete with treated (tuned) vocals, ready to go.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is this - I will make sure your original vision is always in tact, and will never fight you on something you don't want to do. I may have suggestions, and I may try and compel you to take those suggestions, but at the end of the day - it's YOUR record, and YOUR song.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love how it always comes down to the music and the sound. No matter what type of personality the artist has; when the music is the main focus, and you set ego aside - it is no longer a client/producer relationship, it is a kinship, a family.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: You don't need a big studio to get a record-label quality sound. The vibe comes from the artist, not the space.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you/did you like about your current/past producer? What do you wish they would have done differently? What is your mission with your music?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Cell phone (I mean, come on), My laptop, a huge battery with a solar charger, and a cooler for the drinks.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing, singing, producing and recording music since 9 years old; and professionally since I was 15. For a long time, I have been helping other artists, and I don't plan on stopping.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A powerhouse vocal style with deliberate lyrics over a modern take on traditional, tried and true songwriting techniques.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Sia, Peter Gabriel, Trent Reznor, John Mayer, or Ed Sheeran or Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars. Very different, yes I know, but I'd say I have done everything I can to bring myself to their levels on many fronts, and would love to have a session with each of them. Not only to tell them so, but to hear what they might have to say about my work.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always establish limits. Whether it's a time limit, or a limit on how many chords you are going to use for the song. Sometimes it even comes down to limiting how many notes you can use in a melody. Limits keep your creativity on point. You'll be amazed at what you can do with only 4 notes when you have no other options.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic, Rock, Pop, Country, Cinematic.