I have recorded for Stephen Sondheim and played with Esperanza Spalding, Meghan Trainor, dozens of Broadway vocalists, and countless other artists. Through my experiences I have mastered dozens of woodwinds and musical genres.
I am a professional multi-woodwind instrumentalist living in New York. I play just about every woodwind except for bassoon (and if you need bassoon I can subcontract for you!), including woodwinds from around the world. I've been in and around New York and learned the vocabulary of jazz, classical, rock, pop, Latin and other genres. I am equally comfortable being an orchestral woodwind section as I am playing a screaming rock sax solo.
I'm also able to help create parts if you don't already have one (riffing over a tune, woodwind choir arrangements, writing out a whole sax soli, creating background parts, etc.). Check out my multitrack videos on YouTube (http://youtube.com/joshplotner/) for some samples of what I've written based off of existing songs.
For multiple tracks/layers prices may vary. Please contact me for my rate sheet. All jobs are priced on a case-by-case basis.
DAW: Logic Pro X
Mics--Golden Age Ribbon, MXL V67G, matched pair AKG214's
Interface--MBox Pro, ART TPSII Preamp
Full instrument list: Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Baritone Saxophone, Piccolo/Flute/Alto Flute, Bb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Oboe/English Horn, Soprano/Alto/Tenor Recorder, EWI, Bansuri, Dizi, Duduk, Hulusi, Jaw Harp, Koudi, Ney, Triple Ocarina, Pan Flute (Nai/Siku), Quena, Shakuhachi, Slide Whistle, Tao Xun, Tin Whistle, Xiao, Whistling
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Reviews (7)Endorse Josh Plotner
Josh did a great Job w my song Off its Axis. His playing is smooth, and he gets great sounds. He listened to my ideas and executed them nicely. Highly recommend!
Josh, simply put, is one of the most versatile musicians I have had the chance to work with. Not only is he great at playing a crazy amount of wind instruments, but he is also profoundly gifted at interpreting and understanding a wide range of musical styles and genres, as evidenced in his work with my Venezuelan music project, LEDensemble.
I had the chance to work with Josh on the AKUNA ART project. It sounds great. He feels the direction to take. Very good vibes. It also works quickly and is always important in a production. I look forward to working with Josh. Awesome experience :)
I have worked closely with Josh on various projects, most recently being my Album launch concert in New York City. Working with Josh is always an effortless experience for he brings with him a plethora of knowledge and expertise. His musical taste is impeccable and I look forward to working with him in the future. Definitely most highly recommended
I have used Josh on 2 albums I have composed, and will continue to use him in the future wherever possible. I have found him not only to be a singularly talented and versatile session player, but also a warm and friendly person. I highly recommend him to anyone. - Graham Foote www.grahammichaelfoote.com
Josh added flute to a song on my upcoming EP. He used one flute and added 4 vocal harmonies and wrote out a melody so tight we started calling it "the flute song." He always performs at the highest most professional level. I look forward to continuing to work with him. - Badia Farha www.BadiaFarha.com
Josh worked on my music project that blends contemporary genres with traditional Indian pieces. He added wonderful melodies and textures using multiple wind instruments, which was exactly what I was looking for. He was extremely professional and creative. It was a pleasure to work with Josh! - Samyukta R; Singer https://soundcloud.com/srnathan
Interview with Josh Plotner
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: There's a quote I hear from time to time thrown at me: "Jack of all trades, master of none". Fun fact, that line was originally a couplet: "Jack of all trades, master of none, though oftentimes better than master of one." But in a more serious way, I have found that my serious interest in many instruments and musics has allowed me to become a far better artist than I would otherwise be. I can solve problems from a variety of perspectives, and I've become a very fast learner. I'm confident in just about any situation, because my wide array of experiences has prepared me for just about anything that might be thrown at me.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently recorded "The Flag Song", which is a previously unheard song that was cut from Stephen Sondheim's musical Assassins. It was a great honor to be able to be a part of bringing that song to life.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I believe in whatever serves the purpose best in each situation.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That they'll be more than satisfied with what I send them. And if somehow they're not, I'll do it again until it's right.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Click the button. You have my guarantee I'll take good care of you.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Flutes! Not sure which ones but all my other instruments require reeds, so they wouldn't last nearly as long.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Maria Schneider. I know some of the people in her band, and it's an amazing collection of artists making amazing music. And also everyone's nice. It's great to work with people who are not only ridiculously talented, but great people as well.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It's a lot easier to say what I don't usually work on—every day it's something completely different. I haven't done a lot of metal. And not that much country either. But I'll bet I could figure it out!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My flexibility. I've found that through learning all these instruments and styles, my clients can throw anything at me (and trust me, they do) at I'll be fine. I have a passion for learning and growing, and very high standards for what I create.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Woodwinds really give song their character and bring it to the next level. On a rock/pop song, a saxophone solo can be the thing that pushes the energy even higher. On a ballad, a flute solo can add to the emotion and make it even deeper (or it could scream like the sax on that rock song). And for world music, it's always the flute that truly transports the listener. As soon as you hear that characteristic sound, you know you've been transported.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Once I get a track, I listen to it a couple times and then dive right in. I then listen closely to the takes I've done to make sure I'm satisfied, and if not I fix it! It's a pretty simple process, but I've found it to be very effective.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: DAW: Logic Pro X Mics*: Golden Age Ribbon, MXL V67G, matched pair AKG214's Interface: MBox Pro, ART TPSII Preamp I use the Golden Age Ribbon as a close mic, and the AKG's as room mics. Upon request I can use the MXL as an alternate close mic or an additional close mic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Right now I've been really into Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. It's an amazing modern big band out of Brooklyn. But I'm always listening to all kinds of music to attempt to broaden my horizons. One day I'll listen to Yamaguchi Goro to really dig into the shakuhachi, the next day I'll blast some Dave Mathews and steal some ideas from Jeff Coffin on sax or flute. I've learned to appreciate music at a high level in all of its forms.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common thread in all my work is that the quality is extremely high, and the contexts are always completely different. I've had days where in the morning I recorded classical liturgical flute for one of New York's biggest churches, and then that night played with a Frank Zappa big band. Or recorded Balkan saxophone lines for a client in Israel, and then recorded Bansuri (traditional Indian flute) for a friend from India. I have very high standards for all the work I do, and I'm never satisfied until my clients are.