ZACK O'BRIEN

Songwriter, Producer, Audio Engineer, and Educator

MUSIC PRODUCTION, SONGWRITING, AND HOME RECORDING LESSONS

I offer guitar, songwriting and music production lessons for students of any experience level, from those looking to write and record their first demos, to more advanced producers looking to polish and refine their recordings or arrangements at home. I am currently teaching remotely, but when appropriate I will resume in-person lessons throughout Westchester and New York City. 

 

I am fluent across industry-standard recording softwares and best practices, and can help students record and produce their own songs in Logic Pro, Protools, or Ableton Live. Lessons are tailored to each students’ interests, from acoustic folk songwriting, to commercial pop production and recording techniques, to beat-making and film scoring. 

I'm also available to consult with students and parents on how to get started with their home recording setup on any budget. 

 
 

recent work

(2020/21)

 

music for film

 
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Custom Songs 

I love writing customized songs written for friends and loved ones -- particularly exciting for the young ones in your life who will love hearing their name in music. Instead of more STUFF from Amazon, why not give the gift of a personalized, professionally recorded song?

Some of these came with specific genre/sound requests ("Glo and AC", a sibling tribute in the style of Randy Newman, "Two of a Kind", a yacht-rock anthem for a set of twins.) Others came just from some simple details provided -- Sara's love of nature, Zac's recent excitement about starting a "Ninja Warrior Training" class. 

 

All songs fully written and recorded by me. Get in touch to hear more about process and pricing.

 
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About

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Zack is a songwriter, producer, teacher and audio engineer living in Croton on Hudson, NY. Before completing his Masters in Studio Composition from SUNY Purchase, he spent years as a guitarist and songwriter in bands Yucky Duster and Slonk Donkerson, during which he toured extensively and made records that have received praise in The Guardian, Stereogum, VICE and more. He writes and records music as Starstruck, and released his solo debut on System Dialing Records in 2020.

 

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about lessons, composition and production work, custom songwriting, recording services and beyond!

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