I'm the guitarist for Bipolar Echo and 11thOur, and I've recently began producing and mixing (mixing primarily) more regularly. I've worked with Beau Hill, Mark Austin King, and Michael Davenport, and played shows with LA Guns, Texas Hippie Coalition, REO Speedwagon, and Foghat. I enjoy working to make projects come alive, so drop in and say hello.
As a guitarist, I'm influenced by a wide range of players from Brian May to John Petrucci, Steve Lukather to Steve Vai. I also love Michael Jackson and Prince, and Lady Ga Ga and P!nk. If you need funky rhythms, crazy solos, or crunchy riffs, I'll have a blast playing any of it.
As a producer/mixer I was first influenced by the over the top. Roy Thomas Baker, Mack, Mutt Lang, Beau Hill, Mike Shipley, and the like. Then I realized that Ioved every producer and mixer who was making anything sound exciting.
There is always a technical side to the various crafts of making music, but none of it matters without emotion, impact, and excitement. As a performer, or mixer, a guitar part can only sound as sonically good as the rest of the recording, and a mix can only go so far depending on the quality of the captured sounds. But, low budget recordings that might not have had the best sounding mics, or instruments, can still have more than enough emotion and excitement to make a great statement. So, we always have to keep the source in mind when working through a mix, but a great performance can almost always be brought to life by just caring about it. Send me your songs to play on, or mix, and maybe we'll end up inspiring each other, and have a great time making music. It's pretty amazing this we're all here.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Kevin Wale
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm very proud of my work with Bipolar Echo. I got to work with one of my heroes, Beau Hill, and I got to play in a band with some of the best musicians I've ever known. I was the guitar player and co writer in the band. I've also done some work on a yet to be released project that has been a lot of fun.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm writing and demoing an AOR hard rock rock album with my new band 11thOur, and I'm always writing, playing, and recording something. I have to admit, I'm a sucker for online mix contests because the style of artists always vary so much. It's always a lot of fun, so I usually have one of those ready to open up and fiddle with.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Mark Austin King is here. He writes fun out of the box pop tunes that always make me smile, and he's a great musician. I've just signed up, and I must say, I don't think I've stumbled onto a weak profile yet. It would be hard to go wrong here.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whichever is there.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll treat your music like I would my own.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I never get tired of hearing the sound of music, and it never ceases to amaze me when things start coming together.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That just anyone can do it well, musicians are lazy, and that it takes 20 minutes to set up for a gig.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision for the project? What kind of budget do you have? Who are your heroes?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Music Man guitar, my Boogie DC3, computer to record/mix with, my AKG414, and any decent mic pre.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've had a small town spin in circles for a decade path. I had been seriously pursuing music for 20 years, and finished my music degree by the time Beau Hill heard my band and we got a great sounding album made. I've been playing for 28 years now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Probably the opposite of my introverted nature... loud and obnoxious.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: As a guitarist, any of my hero's. Brian May, Steve Lukather, and Kip Winger come to mind. I'd love to work with someone like P!nk or Lady Ga Ga, and get a guitar oriented record out of them. Ha.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Excellently perform a great song, and you're 3/4 of the way there.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I'm usually in a melodic hard rock band, and thus writing for that. But, I'm also often writing songs that come from my LA Session fandom. If Steve Lukather, Paul Jackson Jr, Michael Landau, etc. played on it, I've probably written something influenced from a time it reverberated in my head.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I hope I bring a lot of experience, and a kind of expression I'm not able to bring in any other from of communication.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Push record and hope my brain doesn't get in the way.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Macbook Pro, more plugins than I should have ever bought, and an AKG414... amazing where tech is these days.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too many to list. Queen is a good start though. I don't think any band delivered emotion through music like they did. Not only Freddie's vocals. I've yet to not tear up when I hear Brian's solo on "These Are The Days Of Our Lives."
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm usually playing guitar, but I've started mixing, and producing.... I'm a Queen fan, so I couldn't stay away from wanting to pretend I'm Roy Thomas Baker.