Hello there, my name is Marco Vendrame and I'm a Guitarist, Bass Player and Songwriter based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I'm a full time musician and educator with 10+ years of experience performing up to 150 shows a year as well as a regular studio session musician for indipendent recording artists. I love creating and writing music in studio!
“The different moods of the songs he writes embellish the beautiful voice and dynamic guitarism of Vendrame whose playing in the album is superb and where the song lyrics treat unconventional themes. It represents new ways of pushing further pop music.”
WHAT DO I OFFER?
I can record acoustic and electric guitars, tracking through high-quality gear.
WHAT'S MY SPECIALIZATION?
I love playing minimalist guitar where few notes with the right sound makes the entire difference.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?
I am an active singer and bass player and I can always guarantee the best of the results.
If you have extra questions or any particular request, hit me up and send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
I look forward to work with you!
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Interview with Marco Vendrame
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My first album. Even tough it wasn't the best production of my entire career (there's a reason why it was the first one) the authenticity that was involved in it it's unattainable in any other context.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: On producing my new songs and on get always better in selecting only the notes that makes the most sense to play. "It's note the notes you play, it's the notes you don't play" (Miles Davis)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Michael Shynes is a hell of a singer and songwriter
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog, still the best way to get the best sounds available out of equipments.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I am reliable and professional but mostly, I will LOVE your music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that I get to create something that didn't exist. Also, music is still the best way to express feelings that otherwise are very complicated to explain.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Well the most common one is obviously how much do I charge! My answer is always the same one, the right price!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That a technically prepared guitar player is a good guitar player.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What was the biggest influence or inspiration that made them write the songs they're recording.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: To make sure not to hire a guitar player that know how to play a little bit of everything but on a mediocre level.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: The Apollo Twin, a Fender Stratocaster, a Marshall "Plexy" Amp and couple of good microphones to record whatever I want.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm a full time musician and educator since my last year at high school more than 10 years ago. I got my music degree with honors in electric guitar from my academy in 3 years and being doing the best job in the world between Europe and the US since then.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Musically honest and direct to the point but with finesse.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Mark Knopfler, just because without him I wouldn't ever be a guitar player and songwriter.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get your songs Mastered from people that knows what they're doing, it makes all the difference in the world
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop-Rock, Blues, Rock-Blues, Funk and R&B
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being able to range between different genre and sounds and blend them whenever necessary.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Melody! Without a good melody you can't have a good song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First, I always listen to what the artist i'm working with is looking for, and then I try to put all my experience, built by studying many different music genres, in service to get exactly what I've been asked for.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have built and still improving my so called "Traveler Studio" (because it traveled with me in all the different countries I've lived) with top notch equipments. From UA Apollo audio interface to bunch of microphones for every kind of tone. Also a nice selection of guitars and amplifiers to combine the best way possible.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Mayer is definitely the most important Guitarist/Songwriter of our era. Also, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai, Daniel Lanois, Beatles etc...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording any different kind of guitar parts with a preference on ambient and minimalist music.