As a Grammy Voting Member, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Composer
and Keyboardist, Vahagn Stepanyan has worked with some of the biggest names
in the world of music.
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Vahagn’s musical journey started at the early age of eight
when he was enrolled into a music school for classical piano lessons. Vahagn’s quest
carried him from Yerevan Tchaikovsky High School, a special school for music, on to
Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory where he earned a bachelor’s degree in classical
music. Following his graduation from conservatory, Vahagn began composing, arranging
and recording soundtracks for films. At an early age Vahagn’s musical passions and
endeavors gave him the experience he needed to compose music and write songs
for famous artists.
Vahagn’s musical giftedness has been recognized by Grammy Award-Winning artists
and well-known musicians across the world.
Throughout the years Vahagn has collaborated with a host of artists from over
30 countries through studio work, tours and writing including Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”
Bassist Nathan East (Grammy Nominated), Eric Marienthal (Grammy Award Winning
Saxophonist), Wouter Kellerman (Grammy Award-Winning Producer, Composer, Flautist),
Danielle Withers (Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Doja Cat), Eric Moore (Drummer
of Eros Ramazzotti), Henrik Linder (Dirty Loops Bassist), Melvin Lee Davis (Music
Director of Chaka Khan), Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy), Cheryl Porter (Singer, Vocal Coach), Richie Gajate Garcia (Sting), Ida Nielsen (Prince), Percy Bady (Toni Braxton), Feodor Dosumov, Grammy Award Winning Producer, Arranger and Engineer Nahuel Bronzini (Fantastic Negrito), Ricky Kej (Grammy Award Winner) and many other incredible artists and engineers.
Vahagn is collaborating with world-class engineers such as Evren Göknar
(Capitol Studios), Lu Diaz (DJ Khaled, Pitbull), Luke Pimentel (Warner Bros.) and
Randy Merrill from Sterling Sound (Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga).
Grammy Nominated artist Carolyn Malachi’s Beautiful Dreamer was featured
on FOX 5 DC Morning News where Vahagn was featured on piano.
Featured on Mathew Shell’s album titled “Freedom”, which was launched
by the Recording Academy via a Worldwide Exclusive First Listen
at GRAMMY.com. The album was also featured as one of Generation
Bass’ Top Albums for 2012.
Produced The Ethnos Project Volume One, the first of a collection
of multiethnic/multicultural music recordings that capture more of a world
beat & global music vibe. Volume One includes nine languages: English,
Tagalog, Mandarin, Swahili, Farsi, Japanese, Spanish, Korean and Estonian.
The Ethnos Project was recorded in four different countries (Armenia,
Venezuela, Estonia and USA). In 2014 it was also featured and reviewed
in Worship Leader Magazine, a prominent American publication.
Vahagn self-produced his debut album "Moonlight". It infuses the musical
styles of Smooth Jazz, R&B and Funk with the talents of artists from USA,
Brazil, Armenia, Thailand, Israel, Turkey and Germany. "Moonlight" mixed
by one of the greatest mixing engineers Alen Konakoğlu. Grammy-Winning
mastering engineer Evren Göknar at Capitol Studios (Hollywood, CA)
mastered "Moonlight", making this recording a top global music project
indeed. In 2015 “Moonlight” was submitted to The Recording Academy
in consideration for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in the Contemporary
Instrumental Album category.
At the end of 2015 Vahagn produced The Ethnos Project Volume Two which
includes fourteen different languages (English, Zulu, Portuguese, Tagalog,
Vietnamese, Spanish, Japanese, Shona, Xhosa, Tsonga, Chinese, Korean,
German, Portuguese) and includes musicians from six different countries
(Armenia, Turkey, USA, Brazil, Venezuela, Netherlands).
By the request of world-leading maker of audio plugins Waves Audio, Vahagn created presets for favorite plugins ‘Renaissance’ bundle including
RVerb; REQ2; REQ4; REQ6, Clavinet and Electric 200 Piano. Vahagn also created some presets for IK Multimedia’s first physically modeled bass
virtual instrument MODO Bass. Today these plugins are the first choice for many Grammy-winning mixing engineers, music producers, musicians
and sound designers.
In 2017, Vahagn got an invitation from Waves Audio to do instrument’s demos and presentations at NAMM Show with the industry’s top producers, engineers and musicians including Andrew Scheps, Infected Mushrooms, Billy Bush, Butch Vig, Chris Lord-Alge, Dave Audé, Eddie Kramer, Greg Wells, Jack Joseph Puig, Lu Diaz, Manny Marroquin, Tony Maserati and Shaun Martin. At various NAMM shows Vahagn had a pleasure of doing presentations for GruvGear, Soundbrenner,
UVI, Waves Audio, 64Audio and performed at NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza Stage. Vahagn is also managing the post-production of Melvin Lee Davis' (Chaka Khan's musical director & bassist) music videos.
Vahagn produced The Ethnos Project Volume 3 where he collaborated with the global inspirational recording artist Eric Lige. This project went on to receive recognition at the triennial Urbana Student Conference attended by over ten thousand university students from nearly 100 nations.
Vahagn and his “Stepanyan Studios” featured in Arista Records/Sony Music singer Armaan Malik’s “Tootey Khaab” Music Video by T-Series which passed over 50 million views on YouTube.
Vahagn worked with Grammy, Dove, BMI Award-Winning singer, songwriter and producer Percy Bady by arranging keyboards on his “Whole World” song. Percy Bady co-wrote the mega hit song “I believe I can fly”. “Whole World” later released on “Hope Anthology” album which features songs composed from artists, such as: Grammy® Award-Winning recording artist Fred Hammond, 9-time Grammy Winner Mary J Blige, hip-hop artist Tia P. and others…
Vahagn resides in Los Angeles, California with his lovely wife Karine and two beautiful children.