Frequent Keyboard contributor David Baron runs Edison Music Corp. in Woodstock, New York. He's composed for film, written jingles and TV theme songs, appeared on records by Lenny Kravitz and Michael Jackson, and has become a much sought-after producer of music across the stylistic divide.
NAME: David Baron
HOMETOWN: Boiceville, NY (near Woodstock).
MUSICAL TRAINING: I got my Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin Conservatory.
FIRST GIGS: Writing jingles. I wrote “It’s All Inside” for JC Penney.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Rick Wakeman, Brian Eno, Elton John, Nicky Hopkins.
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW: Max Richter, Ólafur Arnolds, Jóhann Jóhannsson.
MY BIG BREAK: Working with Lenny Kravitz.
LATEST PROJECTS: Co-producing with Simone Felice and mixing Jade Bird’s EP and upcoming full-length record, plus a string arrangement for an upcoming Shawn Mendes single. I released a solo record and remixes of my own neoclassical and ambient music called “Cycles” on Here & Now in the UK. I also have a band called Sound of Film with “All About That Bass” producer/writer Kevin Kadish. So far we only have one single called “Deserve” that was played on a Steinway.
FAVORITE KEYBOARDS AND WHY? Acoustic piano is my absolute favorite. Never goes out of style. Sounds great in all genres. Can be processed to sound modern - or be natural and classic. I have an old Blüthner baby grand that I love. It sounds like a magical harp from space. Debussy had one, which makes a lot of sense. I also love Steinways. We have a vintage Steinway Model A at the studio with QRS Pnomation3 on it. It has a substantial sound that resonates the music hall with massive depth. Samples are okay, but they're never quite the same as a real piano.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? Scoring a large scale film and VR work for the visionary director Gregory Colbert (Ashes and Snow). I have been working on the music for years. It’s an absolutely epic work.
ADVICE TO THE NEXT GENERATION: Practice your instrument and become proficient. Too many young musicians skip the practicing and jump into being "producers" right away. Amazing music can happen from people who do not play well, but I believe it limits your ability to grow. The better you play your instrument, the better you will be at producing music. The more things you can do, the longer you will last in the music business.
For more information visit http://www.thedavidbaron.com