Stevie Blacke

String Arranger Multi-Instrum

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You've heard me before and now you can hire me yourself!!! I've played on tons of hit albums from artists like Madonna, Alice In Chains, Beck, Miley, Pink, Weezer and more. Now YOU can hire one of the TOP session string arrangers/multi-instrumentalists in the world. I AM "All Things Stringed"

You can hire the same string arranger/musician that's arranged and played on hits including P!nk's "Sober" and new hit "Love Me Anyways", or Rihanna's "Rehab", Lady Gaga & Chic "I Want Your Love", Timbaland with Elton John "2 Man Show", Ellie Goulding's "Lights". I not only arranged strings for all those songs, I PLAYED THEM ALL MYSELF!!! Other artists I've work with include Weezer, Steve Vai, Lykke Li, Mark Ronson, Beck, Miley, Madonna, Leah Zeger, Troye Sivan, Panic at the Disco, Fun! The Kooks, Fratelli's, Matchbox 20, Gary Clark Jr, Puddle of Mud, Collective Soul, Snoop Dogg, and more.

Of course if you need mandolin, lap steel, sitar, or other exotic instruments I can do those too.

I arrange in midi first so you can hear what the arrangements will sound like. I record with a close mic and a stereo room mic on each track, use the best mic's and pre's and record in pro tools.

I take my ego out. It's YOUR song... my job is to help you get the best music for your song.

I might not be the cheapest, but my reputation and my credits speak for themselves. Typically I charge $250 to record a solo instrument and you'll get 2-3 different passes to choose from. String arrangements and recording start at $800 and go up depending on what's involved. As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for" and I take pride in my reputation and repeat customers!

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Stevie Blacke
  • Victor Krummenacher
  • Victor Krummenacher
  • Victor Krummenacher
  • Jon Fratelli
  • P!nk
  • P!nk
  • Bryan Beller
  • The Fratellis
  • The Fratellis
  • Hellogoodbye
  • Anders Osborne
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Galactic
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Rickie Lee Jones
  • Rickie Lee Jones
  • Foreigner
  • Foreigner
  • Foreigner
  • You+Me
  • You+Me
  • La Santa Cecilia
  • La Santa Cecilia
  • La Santa Cecilia
  • Foreigner
  • Foreigner
  • Foreigner
  • Foreigner
  • Foreigner
  • Robert Ellis
  • Robert Ellis
  • Cher
  • Cher
  • Cher
  • Beware of Darkness
  • The Boxer Rebellion
  • The Boxer Rebellion
  • Max Gomez
  • Seether
  • Seether
  • Seether
  • Editors
  • Editors
  • Editors
  • The Jealous Sound
  • Anders Osborne
  • Anders Osborne
  • Gary Clark, Jr.
  • Blood on the Dance Floor
  • Evans Blue
  • Evans Blue
  • Jamie Hartman
  • Jamie Hartman
  • Jamie Hartman
  • Garbage
  • Jenni Alpert
  • Jenni Alpert
  • Foreigner
  • Foreigner
  • Foreigner
  • Foreigner
  • The Red Button
  • Eve to Adam
  • Eve to Adam
  • Eve to Adam
  • Nailah Porter
  • Foreigner
  • Foreigner
  • Foreigner
  • Foreigner
  • Seether
  • Seether
  • Seether
  • Seether
  • Seether
  • Rev Theory
  • Stone Sour
  • Stone Sour
  • Cher
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Cher
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Cher
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Chris Shiflett
  • Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants
  • Chris Shiflett
  • Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants
  • American Hi-Fi
  • Brooke Fraser
  • Brooke Fraser
  • P!nk
  • P!nk
  • Joe Cocker
  • Joe Cocker
  • Joe Cocker
  • Mindy McCready
  • Ellie Goulding
  • The Secret Handshake
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • The Rocket Summer
  • The Rocket Summer
  • Janiva Magness
  • Hellogoodbye
  • Hellogoodbye
  • Emith
  • Adelitas Way
  • Adelitas Way
  • Adelitas Way
  • The Veer Union
  • The Veer Union
  • MoZella
  • MoZella
  • Alice in Chains
  • Alice in Chains
  • Alice in Chains
  • Meese
  • Meese
  • Burn Halo
  • Rob Thomas
  • Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Jesse & Joy
  • Jesse & Joy
  • Gloriana
  • Gin Wigmore
  • Gin
  • Gin Wigmore
  • Gin
  • Kate Higgins
  • Kate Higgins
  • Mark Lassiter
  • Mark Lassiter
  • Other Lives
  • Other Lives
  • Huecco
  • Huecco
  • Huecco
  • Huecco
  • Huecco
  • Ashlee Simpson
  • We Are Scientists
  • We Are Scientists
  • P!nk
  • P!nk
  • P!nk
  • P!nk
  • Madonna
  • Madonna
  • Madonna
  • Virginia Coalition
  • Virginia Coalition
  • Virginia Coalition
  • Leerone
  • Leerone
  • Leerone
  • Jet Black Stare
  • The Kooks
  • The Kooks
  • The Kooks
  • Rev Theory
  • Hinder
  • Staind
  • Staind
  • Rick Springfield
  • Rick Springfield
  • Weezer
  • Weezer
  • Josh Kramon
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Ingram Hill
  • John P. Strohm
  • John P. Strohm
  • John P. Strohm
  • Matchbox Twenty
  • Matchbox Twenty
  • Matchbox Twenty
  • Matchbox Twenty
  • Shotgun Honeymoon
  • Shotgun Honeymoon
  • Shotgun Honeymoon
  • Shotgun Honeymoon
  • Randy Sacks
  • Randy Sacks
  • Randy Sacks
  • Randy Sacks
  • Randy Sacks
  • Randy Sacks
  • Randy Sacks
  • Randy Sacks
  • Randy Sacks
  • Randy Sacks
  • Randy Sacks
  • Randy Sacks
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Rihanna
  • Rihanna
  • Aly & AJ
  • Aly & AJ
  • Aly & AJ
  • Aly & AJ
  • Josie Cotton
  • Josie Cotton
  • John Hoskinson
  • John Hoskinson
  • John Hoskinson
  • John Hoskinson
  • Minnie Driver
  • Minnie Driver
  • The Red Button
  • The Red Button
  • The Thrills
  • The Thrills
  • The Thrills
  • The Thrills
  • Dudley Saunders
  • Dudley Saunders
  • Dudley Saunders
  • Dudley Saunders
  • Dudley Saunders
  • Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Timbaland
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Belinda
  • Bethany Dillon
  • Bethany Dillon
  • Bethany Dillon
  • Bethany Dillon
  • Brooke Fraser
  • Brooke Fraser
  • Tony Lucca
  • Tony Lucca
  • The Dan Band
  • The Dan Band
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Chris Joyner
  • Yogi
  • Yogi
  • Pigeon John
  • Pigeon John
  • Green and Yellow TV
  • Green and Yellow TV
  • Louden Swain
  • Louden Swain
  • Taylor Hicks
  • Taylor Hicks
  • Taylor Hicks
  • Beck
  • Beck
  • Beck
  • Beck
  • Beck
  • Beck
  • La Rocca
  • La Rocca
  • La Rocca
  • Belinda
  • Hellogoodbye
  • Hellogoodbye
  • The Rembrandts
  • Hope 7
  • Glen Phillips
  • Glen Phillips
  • Anna Nalick
  • Anna Nalick
  • Anna Nalick
  • Seth Swirsky
  • Seth Swirsky
  • Seth Swirsky
  • Seth Swirsky
  • Tracy Spuehler
  • Tracy Spuehler
  • Tracy Spuehler
  • Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
  • Dan Hicks
  • Amilia K Spicer
  • Aaliyah
  • Tank
  • Aaliyah
  • Tank
  • Tank
  • Kurupt
  • Ethan Wiley
  • Ethan Wiley
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Zero
  • Zakiya Hooker
  • Dan Hicks & the Acoustic Warriors
  • Dan Hicks & the Acoustic Warriors
  • Dan Hicks & the Acoustic Warriors
  • Rihanna
  • Rihanna
  • Linnea Dale
  • Lunde Station
  • Lunde Station
  • No One Special
  • Courtney Jones
  • My Silent Bravery
  • My Silent Bravery
  • Panic! At the Disco
  • Fun.
  • Joshua Bassett
  • Incognito Sofa Love
  • Linnea Dale
  • Lena Fayre
  • Jenni Alpert
  • Jeff Fowler
  • Jeff Fowler
  • Hysterical Kindness
  • Hysterical Kindness
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Mark Lane
  • Matchbox Twenty
  • Sunshine Collective
  • Sunshine Collective
  • Sunshine Collective
  • Sunshine Collective
  • Sunshine Collective

7 Reviews

Endorse Stevie Blacke
  1. Review by David Amezcua
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    Above and beyond. Thank you Stevie for adding a beautiful texture to my music.

  2. Review by Ajay M.
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    Smooth, swift and savvy. It was a pleasure to work with Stevie. Our paths will cross again.

  3. Review by David G.
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    He is totally awesome and he really works with you to create something magical. Would love to work him again.

  4. Review by Brice D.
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    Stevie is really professional, with a really good sound :-) Everything he delivered was perfect!

  5. Review by Jay S.
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    Stevie did exactly what I asked, he was creative and clean. Stevie provided multiple tracks to choose from and all were quality. I'd use again in a second.

  6. Review by DJ S.
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    Amazing, amazing, AMAZING! Will work with again!

  7. Review by Nick G.
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    Stevie works incredibly fast and his work is exactly what you'd think it would be given his resume and credits, which is to say, masterful. Brilliant job, Stevie.

Interview with Stevie Blacke

  1. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  2. A: easy to work with... the song I realize, is YOUR song... not mine. It's all about what the artist wants

  3. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  4. A: It's the performance that matters MOST!!!

  5. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  6. A: 25 years + as a professional musician. I still love doing arrangements and adding my part to the songs to help make them better in any way I can!

  7. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  8. A: Martin guitar, my 100 y.o. Gibson mandolin, a violin, a cello and a pro tools rig

  9. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  10. A: Do you have any specific ideas? What songs with strings do you like?

  11. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  12. A: It's YOUR song... I take my ego out of it

  13. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  14. A: Digital.. I'm all Pro Tools

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: make sure your song is ready!

  17. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  18. A: I've been known as "The Blacke Orchestra" and even credited on albums as such (Aaliyah). Hoping people didn't contact me expecting more than just one guy!!!

  19. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  20. A: String arranging for any type of song and recording all the string parts... You get a REAL string section arranged for your song.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: Fully professional studio with great mics and pre's. Neve, Neummann, Vintech, U47, C24. Pro Tolls HD

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: I usually do arrangements in midi first so you can hear the string ideas before I record the real deal. If I'm doing a solo instrument I'll do 2-3 versions to choose from

  25. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  26. A: years of experience as a string arranger and a professional, ego-less attitude. It's YOUR music.. not mine... you're the boss!

  27. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  28. A: I've worked with Miley, Rihanna, Gaga, P!nk, Snoop, Cher, Joe Cocker, Mark Ronson, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains, Beck... I'll do anything!

  29. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  30. A: Who haven't I worked with? I've worked with U2 but it never came out... I wouldn't mind another track for them.

  31. Q: How would you describe your style?

  32. A: I'll fit in any style... I love all types of music and doing my part to make your song better!

  33. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  34. A: Zep, Floyd, Snoop, Timbaland, Joe Cocker, Stevie

  35. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  36. A: How do I do my arrangements... as I've stated, I believe doing a midi mock up is best for all. The client can hear the fake strings and get a sense of what they'll be like.

  37. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  38. A: Love creating and making music

  39. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  40. A: There are a TON of people I know... and I'm happy to recommend if you have a specific need.

  41. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  42. A: Miley MTV VMA awards, Mark Ronson TV performances, P!nk's new album etc.

  43. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  44. A: Pink's "Sober" was a great one for me... one of my first BIG singles that I played everything on. I arranged the strings and recorded all the parts myself, AND P!nk came over to my studio when I did it so she could know what was going on in her song.

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Terms Of Service

If it's a solo instrument you'll get 2-3 versions to choose from. If I'm arranging you'll get a midi mock up first before I record the real strings (Violins, Viola & Cello).

GenresSounds Like
  • P!nk
  • Rihanna
  • Alice In Chains
Gear Highlights
  • Variety of violins
  • violas and cello
  • mandolin
  • mandocello
  • Neumann u47
  • telefunken AR70
  • Vintech pre's
  • UA 1176
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