Cliff Goldmacher

Cliff Goldmacher


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Cliff Goldmacher

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I'm a professional songwriter and producer with recording studios in Nashville, TN and Sonoma, CA.
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Expertise
music industry, mix engineer, recording engineer, music production, songwriting
Interests
jazz, folk, pop, americana, country
Location
Sonoma, CA

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Paradox by Clifford

Cliff Goldmacher

Love the resonator. An old instrument with an inspired new treatment in the mix. Confident vocal delivery, too. Chorus is catchy, too. The verses feel a tiny bit disjointed compared to the choruses but that could be the production more than the songwriting. Overall, I think the artist is a genuine talent and has a bright future. Really nicely done overall.

David Nyro submitted media.

Cliff Goldmacher

Really nice use of the hook in the choruses. I like that you open with the chorus, too. Not sure the instrumental break after the first verse and before the 2nd chorus is the best placement. It feels like the song loses a bit of momentum by breaking there. Also, I'd like to hear the chorus again before the bridge comes in.  I like the singer's delivery very much. The production is interesting but, please forgive me, it's a bit distracting at times. My guiding principle is to ask myself again and again if the music is supporting (or distracting from) the vocal/lyric. Most of the time it does just fine but the choruses occasionally stray into the "distracting" area. Overall, it's really nicely written but some structure and production tweaks might take it up another level. Bravo David!

David Nyro submitted media.

Serious Nowhere by David Nyro

Cliff Goldmacher

This is lyrically and melodically really thoughtfully done. Strong imagery and a simple and catchy hook in the chorus. I think the track feels good and I like the vocal performance very much. To David's point in the description, I wish the vocal were mixed more "proudly" and a little less "apologetically" if that makes sense. Less reverb, more clarity and presence. I think David's voice sells the song beautifully but could be more confidently mixed. In fact, the performances are, in my opinion, stronger than the mix which could have more power and clarity. This material could definitely work for film/TV but, as mentioned in the description, that's a long game. There is, in my experience, no substitute for the artist pitching their own material in person and on platforms like Taxi.com. I think with persistence and a little more polish on the mix side, good things will happen. Bravo!

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Burn It Down by Tai Shan

Cliff Goldmacher

Great groove and strong vocal delivery. The production of both the recording and the video are top notch. This is a great way to capture the intensity of the times. Tai, you've done wonderful job with the writing of the song and the delivery. Brava!!

Fritz Gillis submitted media.

Only by The Fritz Station

Cliff Goldmacher

Great sounding mix! Jumps out of the speakers. Strong vocal delivery. Catchy instrumental hook, too. Has a nice, retro vibe (i.e. The Cars). I just read the recording credits and NO WONDER it's so well performed and recorded. Congrats on bringing in such an exceptional team. Wishing you every success. I think this could do well for film/TV placement and I'm glad you've committed to getting your music out in the world. Bravo!

Michael Soiseth submitted media.

CARRY ON by Raygun Carver

Cliff Goldmacher

Great opening line! Love the details in the verses. The melody throughout is memorable and very catchy. It's a gritty story with an edge and it's well told. Like the lo-fi production approach, too. It serves the song well. It's no surprise the song is "cinematic" and I like the interspersing of the "scene" and "take" information. Cool. This could definitely work as a film or TV placement in a montage. Really nice work.

Michael Soiseth submitted media.

Pretty Roses by Raygun Carver

Cliff Goldmacher

Nicely recorded and performed. Great sonic landscape. Nice, hooky melody, too. Vocal has a confident, emotional feel that works really well. The song takes a little long to get to the title/hook for my taste but when it gets there, it's memorable. Great job overall!

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Momma Had to Fly by BO BATISTA

Cliff Goldmacher

Excellent recording. Strong production and performances. Beautifully emotional vocal delivery. Great lyrical imagery in the verses. Nice emotional, well-told story. Nice clear hook and the chorus delivers well. Overall, this is a strong effort and clearly a project near and dear to the singer/songwriter's heart. Bravo!

Kev Fitzsimons submitted media.

Black Heart by Anxiety Club

Cliff Goldmacher

Great performances and beautifully recorded and mixed. Round and full and hypnotic. The production is confident but not showy.  Love the subtle and effective use of the electric piano. Great lyric and really nicely delivered by the lead singer. Harmonies work well, too. This is clearly the work of experienced songwriters, performers and musicians. Bravo everyone and best of luck with your project. 

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Suzanne's Band Down In Mexico by Suzanne's Band

Cliff Goldmacher

Great recording and video quality. Great production values. Nice opening line! It might make sense to give a bit of space between the end of the verse and the beginning of the chorus. Feels a little tight in there. You do a great job using imagery in your verses which goes a long way towards telling your story. This is the kind of song you can pitch for film/TV placement. You might consider using a service like Taxi.com to pitch to music supervisors. Bravo Suzanne!

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Thanks For Inviting Me To Leave by Richard Bruce Eells

Cliff Goldmacher

Hi Richard,
Love the details in the verses and the concept in general. Creative and fun with just the right amount of edge. As far as structure goes, you might be better off with a bit tighter one. Verse-Pre-Chorus twice and then a solo and a final chorus might just be enough. Regardless, really nicely done. The simple chorus is effective but a little harmony might lift it up and differentiate it a bit further from the verses. Overall really well done.

David Nyro submitted media.

Cliff Goldmacher

Great groove, superb production values. Like the easy relaxed phrasing and confident vocal delivery. This would work really nicely over the end credits of a movie or TV show (as a theme). The only concern I've got is the synth strings which feel a bit less polished than the rest of the track. Might consider bringing in a live string player to layer a few parts to add more genuine depth and texture. Definitely worth submitting to a company like Taxi.com or reaching out to music supervisors in Los Angeles who are looking for this kind of vibey song. Bravo David!

Wesley Youssi submitted media.

The Darkside by Wes Youssi

Cliff Goldmacher

Great, authentic feel to the recording and the performance is really nicely done. My only concern is that the hook "dark side" in the verses has the emphasis on "side" when it would naturally be "dark" that is emphasized. 

Keep up the great work!