Sam Lipman

Sam Lipman


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Sam Lipman

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Music Producer wants to hear your tracks and give thoughtful feedback!
Bio
I have been producing music as DJ Moonstone for over ten years. I have released nine full length albums and four singles. Educated at SAE Byron Bay in Audio engineering and production, my work has been featured on NBC (specifically Jay Leno's Garage), The Amazon Originals series "Betas" and StyleHaul. Pete Tong placed my track "Captain" on his Bedroom Bedlam top 3 back in 2009. My single "One Look" was featured on thw WiFi PR 2015 Coachella sampler. My music can now be heard on Pandora Radio, Spotify, Apple Music, itunes and more. I will take any submission you send my way very seriously and give you detailed and honest feedback. If a song really stands out to me, I will re-post it on my soundcloud with over 800 followers and 40,000 total plays. Thanks!
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Expertise
music production, music composition, djing
Interests
hip-hop, indie pop, electro, electronic, pop, house, electro pop, experimental electronic, instrumental hip-hop, indie electronic
Location
Chicago

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Jamel Hunter submitted media.

Sam Lipman

Bust ya grape and make it raisin - I love that line lol. The production here is really nice. Love the vocal tones of your voices - both rappers sound really smooth. You're also clearly clever wordsmiths. I'm not really into violent/woman is a bitch etc lyrics. I think you guys are really talented and can take it even further - make lyrics that speak truth with less of the usual tropes. Gunplay, I can make it, I'm better than the rest etc. those messages have all been rapped for decades. Talk about the fear in life, how hard it is just to be human, relationships. Keep growing!

Cyndi Cook submitted media.

Time by Cyndi Cresswell Cook

Sam Lipman

I really love the mix of the instruments here. The music reminds me of a Warren Zevon, Tom Petty or Willie Nelson song. The piano sits so nicely in the mix. I also love the guitar solos that are sprinkled in throughout. I think your voice has a nice bluesy feel to it. I hear an even stronger vocal in here. Have you considered doing some more vocal takes to really elevate the emotion? Very nicely written and I wouldn't change anything except for possibly trying the vocals again. I know how tough it can be to get a strong vocal take, but in the end it's totally worth it. Good job!

Anticio Duke submitted media.

Sam Lipman

The quality of the lyrical flow is strong in this song - the sample hook is really nice as well. The video is well shot and edited. I love the overhead (drone?) shots especially. Is the narrative he's being chased and we don't know that until the end? Again, I really appreciate that you're trying to have a thoughtful message and not making rap focused on being a consumer. With the production quality it would be neat to see something shot downtown and with a larger cast. Keep up the great work!

Anticio Duke submitted media.

Good Vibes by The Sir Duke

Sam Lipman

I really enjoy the positive message of this song. That's my main takeaway. I also really enjoyed the synth hook that plays over the chorus of "come and vibe with me". It's a bright synth line that reminds me of some of the more catchy DJ Khaled hooks. The bass drums are well tuned and the other percussion sounds really crisp. I think the chorus hook could be even more intricate. I think you could add a female vocalist with another phrase layered on top or even as a repeat. I also took the time to listen to "Far From Home". That track has such a cool sample! That high pitched...guitar hook? It sounds very fresh with the synth line under it. I think your general production is there and once you add some more vocal melodic elements you will be there! I really can't stress enough how much I appreciate your positive vibes. Keep it up!

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Sam Lipman

I LOVE IT. Dancing in the Dark is literally my favorite Bruce Spingsteen song. Here's my huge recommendation - the verses, say up to 1:09 before the chorus melody, make those just your voice and the piano - no beat needed at all. Then bring the beat in on the next verse. Love the synth arpeggio with the chorus melody. The drums do not need any reverb if/when they are there. Your voice does not need as much reverb/layering. Your voice is great and I am telling you, just vocals and piano of you doing this Springsteen cover, WOULD BE AMAZING. I strongly recommend you try a version with that arrangement and can't wait to hear it. 

Dean Merritt submitted media.

Pen And Page by Trouble in the Wind

Sam Lipman

I really enjoy the blending of the two vocals here. That is by far my favorite part of the song. The way his melancholy tone plays off her lighter, softer voice panned left, it sounds so nice. The  guitars sound really nice here in the mix as well. Here's my suggestion. The drums are too loud in the mix for my taste. The snare roll sounds good sometimes, too loud others, and the pattern is so unrelenting that it needs to be brought down in the mix in general and maybe take a rest from the track at times. Please listen to Paul Simon's "50 Ways to leave your lover" for an example of a continuous drum roll that sits down in the mix under the vocal as to not get in the way. Then, at certain parts in the track, it leaves all together, making it that much more effective.  The cymbal/hi hat during the thankful for my day? (sorry if I have that wording wrong) part are a little loud for my taste too - blurring out the nice quality of the two vocals together. Let's talk about another element I enjoy, the piano. It's used very sparingly and it's effective in doing so. I love the way it "talks" with the steel guitar for the first minute of the song or so. Panning it right with the guitar left works really well. There's a really solid song here - if the drums come down a bit and the vocals are allowed to shine. Again, being a stickler for melody, I like the song best when it's finding one. The chorus sorta speak- thankful for my day and I just want to run part- are really solid and I love the first minute - there is always a difference between verse "rambling" to enhance melodies and too much rambling. I think you'll find the balance : ) Keep doing vocals together - they sound so nice!

Dean Merritt submitted media.

No Good by Trouble in the Wind

Sam Lipman

The production value on this track is great. The style reminds me of Lord Huron or Edward Sharpe. The mix is really nice - great drum panning and love the duet vocals. The piano works well here and the flatbed? guitar. I have one suggestion for you. You straddle a line between rock and country/folk. I think your music might be that much more powerful if you choose one or the other and firmly plant your stamp on it. It feels a little in between with a song like "Roy" living in rock and "Foxworthy" clearly in country. Tom Petty reminds of of someone who also straddled this line, and he took the time to define a clear melody and hook in some of his most popular songs. I think you could help your sound with more defined melodies or "hooks" and using your clear production skill to define your sound more towards rock or country. Give me something that gets that chorus melody stuck in my head. Thank you for your submission and I look forward to your work moving forward. Feel free to send me updates directly at djmoonstone.com (soundcloud)

Martin Tillman submitted media.

Cracked Diamonds by Martin Tillman

Sam Lipman

Very emotional piece. I hear this being used in the soundtrack for a video game. I love the synth arpeggio line motif throughout the song. Strong string work as well. Very atmospheric and ambitious. I listened to a few more of your pieces on soundcloud. I really enjoyed translated to beauty. Your drum recording sounds really nice on this track and the guitar and piano work as well. This is another song that should definitely be in a tv show or movie/video game. You create a strong mood with your pieces. Future dawn is another strong track to me. You seem to have developed your soundtrack vibe a bit more than the EDM vibe and I think that's where your strength lies. I think you should be shopping these soundtrack pieces with licensing companies such as MusicDealers to get placements on tv. Keep it up! 

Andrew Bodden submitted media.

Heart & Soul by Alexander Mac

Sam Lipman

Musically, this beat is really pleasing. I love the jazzy horn sample and the piano as well. The drum beat is really nice as well. I have a hard time hearing all the lyrics clearly because they sit too low in the mix. The vocal samples toward the end are really cool. They work well with their British older sound and the melody sample. The lyrical flow is nice. The sing-song part towards the last third doesn't work for me. Otherwise, make the vocal more prominent in the mix and it will sound that much more groovy! 

Jeremy Barbedette submitted media.

2. Building by Flying Blue Jay

Sam Lipman

This is the best thing I have heard yet on Fluence in my opinion. I am a sucker for emotive and melodic electronic music though. The backing chords are awesome-the flourishes of guitar-the simplicity of the beat with the melodies that move in and out and shift in pattern-I listened to more of your stuff on Soundcloud-I love Tribal! That's some hot jamz right there. Great use of the vocal bit! I'm impressed  -you have a great sense of melodic structure and the production value is there. If you keep this up your popularity and notoriety will only grow! Great work

Roger Metcalf submitted media.

Sam Lipman

Here's the thing-a video is hard to do on a budget and I think this conveys the emotion of the song effectively. The song though...that's where the power lies. I'm really impressed with Ruby Rose Fox-such a unique tone for a female artist -reminds me of Annie Lennox with the strength and power behind her words. I would love to collaborate (seriously) with her! The video made me curious to check out more of her work and I was impressed with her authenticity-she seems like she writes from her experience and raw emotion which is rare in my opinion. I think this particular song tempo and style suits her voice well, allowing her to draw out notes and hold tone. Production matches the quality of the vocals-well mastered. Keep it up!

Shamal Ranasinghe submitted media.

ENVELOP - 3D Sound by ENVELOP

Sam Lipman

This looks like a really interesting concept. I have questions-will you be booking artists to come play sets from around the country? Will the shows have to be tailored to fit the specific sound system in your Envelop space? When does it open and where can I find out more? Thanks!

Fluence Team submitted media.

For the Creative Community by The Fluence Team

Sam Lipman

Great intro video-excited to get started!