What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I am a musician: a guitarist I have studied and taught in one of the main school in Italy.
I've played with many bands in various musical styles making experience in lots of sectors:
MUSIC VIDEO CONTENTS
I like to look for everything is "new" so.. I became addicted to the recording world and I am in activity since 2010
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I am often required to arrange and produce their songs starting from a common draft (i.e. voice/guitar, voice/piano, lyrics drafts etc). Also to track guitars (electric, acoustic and classic) on their tunes creating a proper arrangement of the guitars into the song. Some say that I am good when it comes to make editing: I have the approach of patience and the right skills to make their "frankeistein" tracks soun perfect and in the song.
Tell us about your studio setup.
STUDIO 1 (my home/project studio)
I have a live room treated for a very natural sound with a very low amount of reverb: I like to track voice, brass and acoustic intruments in it. I have also made an amp booth for electrics guitar tracking recorded at the ideal audio level.
In the control room PRO TOOLS 11 OR DIGITAL PERFORMER 8 are my mainly DAW occasionally I do work with Cubase5 for MIDI or pre production purpose.
About the audio interface my choice is on the UAD APOLLO with his own plugins set. I also use Waves,Metric Halo,Sound Toys, Fab Filters,Celemony etc.
In this studio I have a DBX hardware compressor available
SPEAKERS: Dynaudio BM5A
STUDIO 2 (project studio in wich I work)
This is the studio in wich I can work with top analog machine including:
API (512c), AVALON (727), THERMIONIC (phoenix) TC ELECTRONIC (M3000,4000 AND 5000), TUBETECH (CL1-B)
MAIN MICROPHONES: SCHOEPS, ADVANCED AUDIO, NEUMANN
THE STUDIO BOOTH:
A very nice and dry booth for TOP acoustics recording
SPEAKERS: DYNAUDIO BM5
What are you working on at the moment?
A Pop Rock Italian style album for a local artist
An acoustic album for my singer and I: fingerstyle guitar and lead vocalist
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
not yet, but I certainly will in the future.
Analog or digital and why?
for many reasons:
budget, time, and results
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
All my attention to their words and music
What do you like most about your job?
I can use my creativity and my hands.. to give life to something that was in someone's mind (including mine of course!)
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
I can't play any instruments, but I'd like to have a song wich is mine, can you do that?
I have a song with only drums, bass and a scratch vocal, may you add some guitars on it?
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Probably the fact that technology can fix everything:
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Which is the porpose of this job? i.e. business, personal, radio, tv. It can take differences in workflow!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Follow your istinct: try to see if my words and work match the mood of your personality and the spirit of your music.
It doesn't matter if you're not going to hire me, as an artist I will always be happy to talk to you and listen to your creations.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
an acoustic guitars and my strings' bag. that's all I need
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I have produced this work:
And I was very happy since I started from a pre prod giving a real cotribute with ideas and productions tips to bring this song to be performed and produced better then the artits' expectations
How would you describe your style?
I try to match both acoustic and electric languages
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Joss Stone: to me her voice and music answer any other question.
Can you share one music production tip?
BAD AND FLAT STRINGS SYNTH TRACK:
Try to write volume automation with sine curve or saw line... snapped with 1/8 or 1/16
it generally give a more interesting movement to the track, especially when it is a little boring!
What type of music do you usually work on?
acoustic, unplugged, pop, rock, latin, nu soul.
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
I try to add the elements the artist is looking for,but he can't describe with words.
What's your typical work process?
Meet the artist (in person, or skype)
Listen to the material along with my assistant
Looking for ideas into myself or in other artists creations
START THE PRODUCTION being "near" the artist as musicians and consulant
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Musicians: mainly piano players for composing
some of my favorite musicians and composers:
Robert Glasper, Thomas Newman, Ennio Morricone, Queen, Coldplay, Lenine,Chet Atkins.