Kurt Thum

Keyboardist, Producer

56 Reviews (54 Verified)
Kurt Thum on SoundBetter

I’ve worked with Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Ava Max, Keith Urban, The Jonas Brothers, Meghan Trainor, Teddy Swims, Rachel Platten, Mimi Webb, T-Pain, Benson Boon, Quinn XCII and countless others. I’d love to hear your song and help you take it to the next level, anywhere from adding keys to full production.

I am a Producer, Keyboard player, Songwriter and Sound designer based in NYC.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.


AllMusic verified credits for Kurt Thum
  • Ava Max
  • Keith Urban
  • Justin Bieber
  • Ariana Grande
Discogs verified credits for Kurt Thum
  • Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber
  • Ava Max
  • Katie Henry (2)
  • Benson Boone

56 Reviews - 8 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Ashley A.

    Another great track from Kurt.

  2. Review by Ashley
    by Ashley

    Awesome musician!

  3. Review by Ashley A.

    Kurt is a true talent. Highly recommend.

  4. Review by Priceless Music

    absolute GOAT Status !!!!

  5. Review by Price C.

    an absolute monster on keys gonna take whatever track your working on to another level!

  6. Review by Milo Planet

    Kurt is an outstanding music producer and collaborator!

  7. Review by Price C.

    Simply the Best!!!! your def not gonna find anyone better!!

  8. Review by Milo Planet

    Awesome player and synth sound designer! I cannot recommend Kurt highly enough!

  9. Review by Joe Robinson

    Thanks for the epic Organ and Wurli parts Kurt!! Always a pleasure to work with you. Really appreciate it!!

  10. Review by Joe Robinson

    Kurt played the perfect part on my track! Fantastic tones and playing, easy communication, most importantly, great instincts. Really brought the song to life - thanks so much!!

  11. Review by Milo Planet

    Stop! You've found your global hit keys producer. Kurt is the best.

  12. Review by Milo Planet

    Simply the best!

    Captured the feel of a magnum opus and told the right story, can't recommend Kurt enough!

  13. Review by Milo Planet

    ABSOLUTELY TOP SHELF! Probably the best producer of all things synths in the world today.

    This time Kurt stepped in and saved my magnum opus with killer arrangements and killer sounds. Kurts synths together with distorted Les Pauls sounds like the center of the universe. His stems sound like they come from a trillion dollar all analog outboard gear intergalactic master synth studio. Look no further! It cannot get any better than this :D

  14. Review by Stefan W.

    Such an excellent player, sound designer and arranger! Top notch customer service, too!

  15. Review by Stefan W.

    World class arranger, sound designer and keys player !! As icing on the cake Kurt also uses juicy outboard gear :D

  16. Review by Eli
    by Eli

    Kurt was absolutely amazing, he is super talented finding creative musical solutions completely changed sound to a hit....cheers

  17. Review by Milo Planet

    Stunning keys player and sound designer !! Awesome arranger and songwriter, too! One cannot go wrong with Kurt, impossible :D

  18. Review by Milo Planet

    A very professional craftsman and awesome dude! Top notch keyboard arrangements and composing !! Can’t recommend Kurt enough :D

  19. Review by J Ocean

    Kurt was really fast ! He recorded amazing synths lines to our track.

    Good communication , great results!!


  20. Review by Milo Planet

    World class keyboardist and sound designer!

Interview with Kurt Thum

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I co-wrote and co-produced the single “Been Like This” for Meghan Trainor and T-Pain.

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: I’ve been playing since I was about 4. I’ve always done production as a hobby, but have made it my focus in the last 5 years. As a player, I was classically trained until college, then I switched to jazz. Training aside, I’ve always gravitated towards pop music, and cut my teeth on the NYC club scene playing with all kinds of bands, across all popular genres as well as tons of session work in and around the city.

  5. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  6. A: John Mayer. Because he’s an incredible musician.

  7. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  8. A: Use refs.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: I have the chops of a well trained keyboard player but I think like a producer. I know how to create parts that are simple, effective, and stay in my own lane.

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: I want every song I work on to be the best version of itself that it can be, so I do my best to always give my best.

  13. Q: What's your typical work process?

  14. A: For writing and production, it can start almost anywhere. For Keys on an existing song, I listen through and then play the first thing I hear. If I like what I did, I show the artist. If I don’t, or they don’t, I try something else. I’ve found this to be the best way to get to get an inspired performance. It’s easy to analyze and plan the magic right out of a song if you’re not careful.

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: I primarily run Protools and Ableton, but sometimes Logic and Luna, UAD interface, Prophet 600, Prophet rev 2, Nord electro 5d, 4hp, Korg Kronos, Korg Minilogue, Korg M1, Farfisa, Leslie, Lots of Pedals, mostly Strymon, OTO, Boss, Ibanez to name a few, a bunch of guitars, a couple basses and an embarrassing amount of VSTs and plugins.

  17. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  18. A: Gian Stone, Jason Evigan, The Monsters, Max Martin, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Gene Harris, Ahmad Jamal, too many to list.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: That depends on the context, but whatever I’m playing, emotion is the top priority.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Steinway piano, B3, Juno, Laptop, monitors.

  23. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  24. A: Lots of writing sessions, productions and keyboard session work.

  25. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  26. A: Dylan Wissing is king of drum sounds!

  27. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  28. A: Depends on the application.

  29. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  30. A: Whether you’re an indie artist or a major label, you will get my best.

  31. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  32. A: I like getting to hear great music and ideas that I otherwise would not hear.

  33. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  34. A: I guess one would be that pop music is easy to make.

  35. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  36. A: Anything that might help me better understand the client’s vision. References can be a great way to communicate ideas.

  37. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  38. A: Listen to samples and go with the musician who’s playing you connect with the most.

  39. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  40. A: Pop

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: Anywhere from adding that last keyboard part that helps the vibe come together, to co-writing and producing out an entire song.

Stuck With U - Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande

I was the Organ/ Keys player in this production

Terms Of Service

Generally I will do up to 3 revisions if needed.

GenresSounds Like
  • Justin Bieber
  • Ariana Grande
  • Teddy Swims
Gear Highlights
  • Juno 106
  • Prophet 600
  • Mellotron
  • Prophet Rev 2
  • Korg Minilogue
  • Nord Electro 5D
  • Leslie
  • Korg Kronos
  • various Strymon pedals
  • All Spectrosonics products
  • Roland cloud
  • and countless other top tier soft synths.
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