Hi, I'm Francesco D'Andrea.I'm a Film composer, arranger, songwriter and music producer for cinema, television, commercials and video games. For a list of credits please visit: http://francescodandreamusic.com/ I specialise in: Session Guitarist - Audio Mastering -Music Production -Orchestral Scores.
My works have been featured in many award winning feature films and Tv Series as background scores and TV’s promo music, including such popular TV Shows as:
“The Big Bang Theory”, “House M.D.”, “Mad Men”, “Revolution”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “CSI NY”, “Family Guy”, “SouthPark”, “The Mentalist”, “Criminal Minds”, “Glee”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Law and Order”, “The Vampire Diaries” and many more.
I recorded/produced the band "Black Market Aftermath: https://blackmarketaftermath.bandcamp.com/
I also scored the original soundtrack of the awarded feature film “Spaghetti Story”, and my music works have been placed in many highly acclaimed and award winning movies promos, film dvd and theatrical trailers, including “10,000 BC”, “Argo: Inside Story”, “Honey 2”, “Sin City”.
I scored the music for several national and worldwide TV advertising campaigns, and my works have been heard in many American TV Shows such as “American Idol”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “River Monsters”, “Saturday Night Live”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “NBA, Action” and many more.
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Interview with Francesco D'Andrea
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I focus on music production, orchestral film scores and audio mastering. I'm also often hired as session guitarist, for rock, blues and pop.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Pearl Jam, John Williams, many Motown era artists, Snarky Puppy, Pink Floyd.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is focused on two main things: recording, and producing soundtracks. I have an extensive collection of guitars and amplifiers, 20+ professional microphones, outboard effects and processing units, professional monitoring system, and special units for MIDI production, mainly used for orchestral scoring.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I ask to my clients about their needs, I exchange with them my ideas about how I'm going to approach the specific project, and listen to their opinions before starting to work. I'm always available for skype calls and I respond promptly to messages to keep the client updated on the job.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Good music taste above all. Variety (due to my dual background as rock guitarist and classical composer) Expertise (10+ years in the field), Audio Quality, Professional Performance when working as session guitarist.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Composition and Production, Guitar Performing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop-Rock, Blues and Orchestral.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never work too many consecutive hours on the same song. Keep your ears fresh. Draw inspiration by the masters. Recording quality is much more important than post production.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Williams. He's the greatest living musician, and one of the best musicians ever.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Versatile. Having worked for many years as film composer helped me to be proficient in many styles. My strong suits are Orchestral scoring and Rock. For the first one I tend to focus on a deep and rich palette of colors. For the latter, I emphasise energy and dynamics.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as session guitarist, but I make my living mainly by producing and composing rock and orchestral film scores, and I produce a lot for televison as well. I have 10+ years of expertise in this field.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Guitar. Piano. Microphone. Laptop. Microphone.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know exactly what you want before getting in touch. Do not sacrifice too much on budget if the quality expectation is high.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: If there's a specific deadline for the job to be delivered. What are their specific needs. Do they have reference tracks that I can listen to, to understand the kind of sound/style they're after.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Well, it's fun, but it's not just fun. It's hard work. Another misconception is that we musicians put our ego into it. It's not ego, it's our excitement, and personality and feelings.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q -Can we put more volume to the vocals? A - Vocals have to sit right in the mix :)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like that you never really know how the final song will be until it's done. Every process allows for new ideas and experimentation, which is finally the most important thing to allow to happen in my job.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Dedication, professionalism, joy, passion. If I'm not happy about the results, I won't stop working on it.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: For guitars, mainly analogue. For all the rest, a mix of both worlds. Diigital recording, analogue and digital processing, equal use of plugins and outboard material if needed. One is not better than the other. The song will tell you what to use.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't know about anyone specifically, yet.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm composing and producing a song for a TV commercial.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was hired by an orchestra in Atlanta to compose and produce an original Overture, that they performed. It was thrilling and I was very happy with the results. I was also very excited to produce a pop-rock instrumental for a Coca Cola benefit camapign which had U2's Bono Vox as testimonial.