Virtuoso Diatonic and Chromatic Harmonica Player with 15 years experience- Advanced Lead Electric Guitar- Singer Songwriter-
I'm Sam. I am a professional lead guitarist and a renowned harmonica virtuoso available for session work; whether live or in the studio. My Work Rates Are Competitive, so drop me a brief and let's talk!
In terms of studio work, I record in logic. Therefore I can send project/MP3/WAV etc. as needed.
Do let me know any technical requirements in your proposal, and whether you would like your tracks dry, mixed, or both.
Overall, I'm really passionate about the harmonica and am happy to answer any questions you may have about the instrument and how it can fit into your work.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
2 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Harmonica Player
Sam worked really hard and quickly to lay down multiple versions of some truly filthy blues harp on my song! Top notch musician and a nice bloke!
It was a joy to work with Sam. He recorded some blues harp for a project of mine and gave it all and a bit more. I'm looking forward to work with him again.
Interview with Harmonica Player
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Well there is a lot of misconception about the harmonica... a diatonic, can sound like a distorted guitar/rock organ, a bluesy beast, or a violin.... Likewise, a chromatic can go from sounding like something from the brass/woodwind section, to an accordion, to a glass 'armonica' (if you add a dash of reverb)... all instruments are limitless and so is the harp! .... Indeed, I'm really working on changing perceptions of the instrument and welcome any questions- even if only for the sake of curiosity.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Record as if you are mixing, mix as if you are mastering, and master as if you don't have to!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Blues, Rock, Jazz, and Classical, but I'm open to anything!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically, after receiving a brief, I will send the client some demo takes to better establish what kind of sounds and playing they are looking for, and how I think the sound would fit. Then I would do a series of 'polished takes' based on their choices, then we would review, and I can make any additional changes.... For example, on a harp track, I would send you a range of harp sounds (clean/driven/mixed etc...), and a range of playing styles (playing rhythm or playing fills, playing riff based solos or structured solos, playing harmonies etc.). Upon receiving your feedback, I would record several takes based on that new brief. 90% of clients are happy at this stage, but a few might ask for one more additional 'run' at the track (which I am happy to do for free) or to apply a basic mix (which is an extra small fee).
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I subscribe to the philosophy of buying a few good pieces of gear for the jobs you specialise in, rather than cheap gear and attempt (and often fail) to be a jack of all trades.... Thus, as I am mostly concerned with gear for recording/audio capture (as opposed to mixing and mastering), I use Seydel Harmonicas (with whom I am an endorsed artist), high end guitars, quality microphones from Aston and Shure, and Focusrite interfaces.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: 7 times out of 10, I'm asked to play Diatonic Blues Harmonica on tracks. I do, however, often get asked for Jazz and Classical Chromatic Harmonica.... Occasionally I also get commissioned on the guitar. EVERYONE plays the guitar nowadays, so it's a very competitive market, but my tight rhythm and expressive, natural lead playing is getting a reputation.