This is the website of cellist, improviser, film soloist, and composer Justin Lepard, aka Psychedelic Cello. Here you’ll find everything you need for your modern cello needs, from contemporary and pop cello playing to remote recording cello session work.
An Eclectic Origin
I’m Justin, an eclectic cellist, collaborator, and film soloist based in Southern California. I have recorded remotely on over 100 songs, and as a soloist for films including Togo on Disney+ and The Invisible Man. Hailing from Nebraska, I desired an eclectic musical output from an early age, and have gone through many musical phases, from songwriting and classical to contemporary classical and jazz, and most recently to modern film/experimental and pop playing. As a contemporary classical cellist, I got the opportunity to tour with the Lucerne Festival young performance ensemble before moving to Los Angeles to pursue original artistry and recording production. My original music is a mix of electronic elements and experimental cello; it delivers music with a high emotional impact.
Electronics and Cello/Cello Ensembles
Although I am, and probably always will be, a cellist first and foremost, writing music is really what got me into music.
There’s a special relationship between making your own music and hearing it. I think it informs playing other composers’, producers’, and songwriters’ works to feel like I can get inside their mind, as though I’m playing surrogate cello for them.
I like to express some sort of meditative state with intensity, and I fuse electronics and experimental cello to get something interesting.
Re-interpreting Great Music
This is where two traditions meet, and anything with a chord progression and melody is a possibility as a cello piece.
On YouTube, I explore small cello ensembles with clones of myself, seeking to accurately recreate a song I love with cello.
In real life, I also do Bach inspired solo arrangements that include all the chords and rhythm too. Please reach out if you're in SoCal and are interested in hiring for a live event.
"WORK WITH THIS MAN - Justin is an Incredible Cellist who OVER delivers.
Like you I had never met or herd of Justin until choosing him on sound better. Justin took the time to make my music better, he is an absolute professional and his playing absolutely elevated my work. If you are lucky enough to work with Justin he will elevate your music too. Absolutely brilliant.” - Martin Wykes, client on SoundBetter.
Innovative Cello Parts For Every Genre
Remote recordings are the most important aspect of my business and creative sphere. But why should you choose me?
1. Instant Better Mixes
When you choose for fuller orchestration, the low panned cello roots, harmonies, and effects automatically make your song warmer and more finished sounding.
2. Save Money
When you hire me, you are cutting out middlemen to get to the best cello for your project; and if you have something more elaborate, hiring me to orchestrate is several times less expensive than hiring multiple musicians plus an engineer like in a typical setting.
3. Work with a collaborator
As an composer and producer myself, I love getting into the world of another artist, and pride myself on being able to tap into YOUR intention, and bring out the cello part you would play if you could.
4. Special Mic'ing Technique
I’ve figured out a special mic’ing technique that gives a much more natural and warm sounding dry recording compared to typical cello parts.
5. Add something unique to your song.
I’m aware of how layering will help a mix, and I always include some element of innovative or experimental playing to help make a song sparkle.
Listen to examples below, and remember that the price tier is a reference - if you have a project and are interested in transforming it with cello, send me a message with a budget and I’ll do my best to make it happen.
Trailer for "For The Love" (2019) for which I was the soloist.
"Justin's work is pure perfection! The love and dedication he puts into each project is just wonderful. I have been working with him for a couple years almost and he is still the best session player here on fiverr and he is a great dude. Highly recommended!” - Gunnar Spardel, client on Fiverr.