I have a vast array of musical experience and ability including arranging, composing, and songwriting from the ground up, and work daily with world class artists and musicians. I have performed all over the world in styles ranging through pop and R&B, Afro-cuban and Brazilian styles, jazz and swing, and go-go and funk.
My training ranges through decades of live and studio performance in every kind of environment, from bars to stadiums, as a keyboardist, vocalist, producer and music director. I have a serious classical piano background and a degree in Pipe Organ Performance, as well as intensive study in improvisation as applied to jazz, pop, and classical counterpoint. My area of expertise is improvisation and arranging, and I can create a part or parts for you in a very short time that complements your creation in a sensitive and sophisticated way.
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Eli's an amazing pianist, singer and band leader. Experienced and skilled beyond belief. Hire him!
Eli is the total package! Playing piano for him is like an extension of his body. Dream it - and he’ll put it to music. He produces with the skill of someone who has lived three lifetimes, spanning genres old and new; the heady and complex to simple, sincere and refreshingly stripped down. He used these vast references to bring my music to life and he can do it for anyone because he truly feels the music in YOU. Few producers make you feel safe enough to be vulnerable and take risks at the same time. Eli oozes with talent and he’s just a great friggin’ guy. Look no further.
Interview with Eli Staples
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My piano playing. I've performed and recorded extensively as a professional pianist and keyboardist in pop, jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, R&B, hip-hop, tango, and lots more. If you need a piano part, I can create one that fits your piece, whatever the genre. Outside of the very top end of classical solo piano repertoire, I'm your guy.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think I bring a real passion about making music that is clear and straightforward in its message. I have had a very extensive musical education, but I believe that good music should be something that can be heard and appreciated to some degree, by someone with no training and just an open mind.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to have a conversation with my clients that gets me as close as possible to understanding their aesthetic goals. Then I lay out a very basic framework that suggests a direction and share that with the client, so we can be sure that we're achieving the desired result before we spend too much time in one direction. I then flesh out the basic structure, pretty close to a completed product, and check in one more time to make sure everything is clear. Usually I'll finish it up after that point.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Cubase as my DAW, and Kontakt and Reaktor as my VST hosts. I have Kontakt Komplete Ultimate 11 as a basis for my suite which covers almost anything I need to get into. For live vocals and instruments, I have four large and small diaphragm Rode mics that are great quality and can handle almost anything.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: In contemporary pop music, I'm always a fan of Zedd and his collaborations. I'm a huge fan of Brazilian music, so Djavan is one of my songwriting heroes, and you can't really find a better interpreter of that style than Rosa Passos. I'm a jazz and latin pianist at heart, so I love Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Art Tatum, and of course many more.