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GREG KURSTIN is one of those invisible musicians/producers that has enormous sway in the pop universe. its almost like not knowing who the FUNK BROTHERS are or THE WRECKING CREW were, yet they both undoubtedly shaped modern music arguably on par with THE BEATLES.
KURSTIN has worked with everyone from ADELE, SIA and BECK to HALSEY, FOO FIGHTERS, KENDRICK LAMAR, GWEN STEFANI and LILY ALLEN among many, many others. classically trained and a HARDCORE kid from back in the 80s, his range is basically endless. he basically takes whatever is there and just intensifies it, which is probably why he is responsible for most of his clients biggest hits. if i had to describe his production aesthetic without using the word invisible i'd probably say it was "orchestral" or "lush" in nature. listening to one of his productions is rewarding after many listens due to the fact that there are always little artifacts and easter egg-like little nuggets of sonic goodness. its perfect pop with lots of little chaotic bits thrown in for texture.
THE BIRD AND THE BEE is his longstanding, unabashedly INDIE POP passion project with singer and collaborator INARA GEORGE and they are well worth your time checking out. even their HALL & OATES cover album, seriously. your welcome.