Studied Guitar at the HKA in Arnhem/NL from 1998 to 2003. Since then working as Composer for all kinds of clients, ranging from small local businesses, agencies, internet podcasts and websites to industry leading companies such as VW, TUI, JAMBA! and many more. Well versed in a wide array of musical styles.
I am providing compositional services in a vast array of musical styles, for any kind of Media, such as for example:
- Ident / Audiobranding
or really whatever it is that you need some kick-ass music written for.
Styles can range from contemporary, classical Movie-like score to soothing, popular Earcandy and everything in between. Take your pick! Two revisions are ALWAYS included, should more changes be needed (which is very rarely ever the case, if at all), i will of course be open for that, provided it doesn't mean I have to rewrite the whole piece ;)
I am also offering services as a Session Guitarist. You need tasteful guitars layed down for your Music? I will provide you with exacly the kind of Guitar-Arrangement that is going to make your Song or Piece of Music stand out, shine and sparkle.
The Number of Tracks depends on the kind of Music you want me to record Guitars for. Some Songs only need an intricately crafted or a gently strummed Acoustic, others need a beefy Rock Arrangement to punch the listener in the face. You can get it all from me, exactly as your project requires.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Carsten Neugebauer
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I play all types of stringed Instruments for my clients... Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Mandoli, Ukulele
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too much to mention, really. My taste is rather eclectic.... Jazz, Indie, Pop, Blues, Metal - there's good and bad stuff in any genre out there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record my guitars with a Kemper Profiling Amplifier, which is widely regarded as the current pinnacle of non-traditional guitar recording technology (as in: tube amp -> box -> mic -> console/interface). Other than that, I mostly work in the Box with not too much outboard gear involved.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Most important thing is to really try to understand what the client wants for his track, then to get a feel for the track itself, then jam along and collect some ideas. After that - recording time.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A knack for instrumental parts that add identity to a song and make it instantly recognizable, without stealing the spotlight.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to get a strong feel for the song I am currently working on,, and translate that into instrumental parts that fit like a glove.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Whatever my customers require, really. No shred, though, sorry - only musical stuff ;)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more. Only do stuff if you have a good reason for it, not because you feel like "that's how oyou do it". Use reference-tracks as much as you can. And most of all: use your ears, not your eyes!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sting. Herbie Hancock. Coldplay.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Eclectic, versatile, ethereal and crunchy.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started playing guitar at 18, selftaught for the first 4 years, then started taking lessons. Began studying Jazz and Pop guitar at the HKA Arnhem at the age of 27. Playing, recording and teaching professionally since the age of 25. So I've been at this for almost a good 35 years now, and looking forward to the next 35.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Kemper, Variax JTV 59, My DAW, Keyboard, e-Drumset of choice.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try to find a guy that is passionate about what he's doing, and decide wether you need a specialist in one particular style, or if a generalist would be better suited.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a refeence track that i can work to? What kind of feeling would you like to evoke with your song? Is there anything that you absolutely do not want for your track?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's fast and easy ;)
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can you do this?" - "Yes, I absolutely can!" ;)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The variety of stuff that I get to do, and that I get to do it at all in the first place.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To work on the track as long as it takes for the client to be satisfied.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: As long as you know what you're doing, it's of no real concern, so "both".
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Sorry, I don't share details about my client's work ;)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Paul J Chechetti is somebody i work for a lot. Great musician and a cool guy, really great chap, top professional, very easy to work with.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recorded guitars for the debut CD of the runner up of Germany's equivalent to "American Idol" and played the tour with him. Great experience!