An award winning complete package music production centre with Dan at the helm, who's expertise, creativity and musicality has produced a lifetime of incredible artists and talented songwriters. Multi-genre skills in an array of instruments and mixing styles make Guitarra Music Studios the one stop shop for all of your production needs.
Decades of full time experience in all facets of the music industry including performance, production, engineering, session work and marketing/ management gives you a complete array of skills ready to make your vision a reality.
Full production recording facility with multiple analog and digital enhancements for everything from drums to vocals , from electronic to acoustic.
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Interview with Guitarra Music Studios
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Typically I'm called upon to produce backing tracks for singer/songwriters, working closely with the artist to help them achieve their musical vision. This involves recording multi-instrumental parts from banjo to epic drums, symphonic string sections to funky bass guitar riffs and everything in between. Mixed and mastered to perfection.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Always motivated and inspired by anything new and exciting in the music world. Keep moving forward. Keep learning. That's the way to stay creative and cutting edge.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My DAW of choice is Cubase Pro via Apollo Audio Interface with too much outboard gear and instruments to name. The goal is to create the sounds that enhance the artist's dream. Whether it's from using a piece of sandpaper to build a percussion track or to go techno deep inside the world of 808's, the studio is only as good as the imagination of the person using it.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Talk it out. Find out as much as I can about the needs, desires, goals and dreams of the artist and then drop their rough track into the workflow and start making magic.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Life....emotion...energy....skillful craftsmanship...musical expertise....sound.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Understanding the needs of the artist.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A lot of indie/alt....the nature of the singer/songwriter is to bring their song to life in a natural and organic way. Pop and soul are the lifeblood of the music scene right now....so that would definitely come in a very very close second.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overproduce.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Imagine Dragons. They're always trying something new....the keep moving forward and they're fearless.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Canadiana Indie/Alt
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm old. Let's just say that for starters. Music has been my life and my career. From playing live and recording as an artist to developing my own skills through various music education institutions and a successful music teaching career to this stage of my life where I'm helping other artists achieve their goals through production, session playing and audio engineering.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A decent nylon string guitar, a Shure 57, a Ludwig snare with brushes, a G harmonica and a pack of matches.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know how to articulate your vision.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sound are you looking for? Give me a couple reference tracks of songs that are in the ball park of what you're feeling so I can better understand your ideas.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: No misconceptions. Talk it out.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make it sound like (________)? Answer : yes
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creative expression and making music. Plain and simple.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If you're not happy, I'm not happy.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Either or. It depends on the project. People get too caught up in the superfluous arguments of the day just because it creates a sense of "I'm smarter than you" . Who cares? The only rule that matters in music is...if it sounds good, it's right.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A couple different projects. I'm working with an amazing singer/songwriter/accordionist on a number of tracks for her upcoming album.....fantastic! Also currently in pre-production for my own project finale simply titled "60".
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Jamie C's pop album "Time For A Change" ....was an incredible experience working with a great singer/songwriter who took a chance to take his art in completely different direction. Fearless and brilliant! I produced, mixed, mastered and session played on a number of the tracks.