Today we’d like to introduce you to David Amber.
David, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I got started working as an audio engineer in a studio in Philadelphia after I graduated from Drexel University. It was through this work that I was able to network into writing music for commercials.
After I moved to New York in 2011, I continued working as a commercial songwriter and producing local NYC indie artists. Through these gigs and general networking/hustling, I started working with Nickelodeon and Disney, and I made some friends in the Korean pop (KPOP) and Japanese pop (JPOP) industries.
I relocated to LA in 2016, mainly because most of the people I was working with were living here. So it made sense. I quickly fell in love with LA and felt I’d found my home. I started focusing more on writing and producing music for KPOP and JPOP, and since late 2016, I’ve had a number of very successful songs. I have my own studio in Koreatown, and my days mainly consist of writing and producing new songs for KPOP labels, Nickelodeon, Disney, or for artists I’m am working with here in the US.
Has it been a smooth road?
I’ve been very lucky in many of the opportunities that have landed in my lap. I’m also very proud in the way that I’ve tackled challenges and in my ability to take risks.
After I graduated, I remember sitting in my bedroom in Philly and wondering how I could even get started being a professional producer/songwriter. Because there’s no blueprint or guide as to how to do that. So I just started calling up every studio in town. I got rejected from about 12 before one of them gave me a shot at being an intern.
From there, I kind of knew it would just be a grind. So I just put my head down and worked. Most of the challenges in this business come from the uncertainty of not knowing where the next paycheck is coming from, and what’s going to happen tomorrow. So I kind of just tried to put blinders on and move forward, make decisions from my gut, take any gig I could get, etc.
There was only one time I thought about giving up, and a combination of things caused it. First, a show I had just worked on for more than a year flopped. At around the same time, I received some really harsh criticism from some people I really respected in the industry. This made me really question my abilities and if I had what it took to be successful. And a couple months later, I made the move from NYC, where I had made my home, all the way across the country to Los Angeles.
Being a stranger in a strange land, while my confidence was at an all-time low, was a huge challenge. But once I just dove in, put the blinders back up and started working, things got better. And now, I’m happier than ever being here and doing what I love doing.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with AmberSongs Productions – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My business is me. I’m a music composer, producer, songwriter, mix engineer, etc. So my job is to sell my music and to sell myself as someone who clients know will get the job done, is reasonable and easy to work with, and is reliable.
I have other people helping me in many ways, and without that help, I wouldn’t have success, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is that the client likes me and my music.
I’m known for generally making upbeat, fun, happy pop music. It’s what I listen to and what I enjoy writing. So it’s a natural fit for KPOP and JPOP (especially female groups) and for younger leaning companies like Disney and Nickelodeon. In my opinion, music should be about making you feel good, so that’s what I try and focus on.
The thing I’m definitely most proud of is my work. I listen to my music all the time. I listen in the car, in the shower, while I’m cooking, whatever. I need to like what I do.
Almost everything I’ve done, no matter what the job or creative direction, I make it my own. I don’t try to imitate someone else, I do what I like with no apologies. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but I want to feel like I created something for me.
And that sets me apart from others too. Especially as I’ve been in this business longer, I’m not afraid of just being who I am. I don’t try to follow some trend just for the sake of following a trend. I write what I like and I think that gives my work personality.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
LA is a great city! It took me a little bit of time to figure that out. I didn’t quite have the classic NYC snobbishness that others bring, but I was really struck when I first got here by how different it was! What I learned to love about LA is how many hidden gems there are throughout the city.
Actively exploring is something that can be really rewarding here. And the sheer size of it means that you can never run out of things to do. The diversity of activities is also really incredible to me. The fact that you can be at the beach in Malibu, go hiking in Griffith Park, be at a loft party Downtown, eating some amazing Korean food in Koreatown, or be in a lovely suburban area like Sherman Oaks all in the same day is really great.
The things I don’t like are obvious. Traffic is a pain. I still don’t love driving. The lack of a walking culture. Some of the hustle and bustle of back east. My family not being here. But overall I really do love it here and am very happy to call Los Angeles my home.
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