Working with artists, going through the versions from inception to finish project. David Earl and Emily Afton
In this presentation, producer David Earl will be discussing his workflow with an artists that he co-produced, Emily Afton. They will discuss the process of inspiration, getting the idea down, discussing aesthetic, and fleshing out the song with production. How do you work with multiple producers? An artist has a vision and the producers can help shape the aesthetics of a song. How do you balance these two visions? (Or three?)
Emily Afton’s voice is transporting. Powerful, and emotive, Emily delivers her soul to you in the form of nostalgic indie-pop songs - with dark ribbons of folk and electronica interwoven. Solo or with her band, Afton aims to snatch your heart with her live performance playing haunting vocal-driven narratives in the style of Fiona Apple followed by heavy synths and uptempo dance tracks that can turn an aloof audience dancing. Last fall one of her performances did just this for Third Eye Blind lead singer Stephan Jenkins, who promptly asked her to join their U.S. tour as the opening band. An inspired Afton quickly returned home to finish her debut full-length album.
ARCHETYPE [album], released in September 2016, and has been called an indie-pop explosion from "an artist who is clearly on an ascent" (Pure Volume). The episodic debut LP, co-produced by David Earl and Lila Rose reveals a new edge and depth to the once sweet singer-songwriter's music. ARCHETYPE laces together stories of an artist discovering both the sonic and emotional worlds and ghosts that exist within us all.
Emily and her band have spent the bulk of 2017 touring ARCHETYPE across the U.S., while beginning the clockwork for their next musical release (coming 2018).
David Earl is a musical schizophrenic who works as a music composer, producer, and educator for David Earl Productions. He is also a member of the Producers and Engineers branch of NARAS, AES, and is a voting member of NARAS. He is an award winning composer, who has contributed to GANG, CLIO, and EMMY winning works. David has been composing music for hire for over 20 years. He started under the mentorship of Andy Newell at Ripesound, then branched out on his own to develop original music for games, film, and television. His clients include Amazon, Sega, Microsoft, Ebay, among others. His music can be heard on such titles as Iron Man 2: The Video Game by SEGA, Halo Waypoint: The Return by 343, Happy Action Theater, and many more. David also enjoys producing artists such as Lila Rose, Emily Afton, Artemis, Drea.M, and many others. His style has been labeled ‘Cinematic Indie Pop’. He also is a contributor to Judas Priestess and Dream Theater. His latest music release is the original soundtrack for the Adult Swim/Double Fine production called ‘Headlander’, now available on vinyl through iam8bit.