ThatViolaKid

Professional Session Violist

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Juilliard Graduate who performed on Mac Miller's "The Divine Feminine" album. Specializes in virtuosic passages as well as soulful melodies and harmonies.

A fiery, passionate performer who leaves everything on the stage, Drew Alexander Forde gives his all to audiences. Hailing from The Juilliard School, Drew regularly performs throughout the United States. Described by NPR as “outgoing, nerdy, and unabashedly enthusiastic about classical music,” Drew connects with audiences in a way that leaves them wanting more.

TVK will make professional string recordings for any genre.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with ThatViolaKid

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

  2. A: The most common work I do is with string quartets or laying down string pads.

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

  4. A: Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, J. Cole, and Kyle are all profound influences on the music I create.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I have a simple setup: Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, Rode NT1 Microphone, Sony HS7 Monitors, and Logic Pro X.

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

  8. A: My typical work process is to review the music briefly and get to recording! I will record until I produce something that I'm pleased with!

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

  10. A: I always bring a haunting, earworm quality to songs. I'll lay down the chords that you didn't know you were missing, but can't do without.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: My strongest skill is my technical facility on the instrument. Being classically trained, there are very few things I can't technically do on my instrument.

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

  14. A: I usually work on movie scores and pop songs, but I'm incredibly interested in Hip-Hop and I feel I can add a lot of value to that genre.

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

  16. A: Production is not my strong-suit yet! I'm just learning!

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

  18. A: Childish Gambino. All the way since his first mixtapes, he has rapped about bringing a movement of real instruments back to Hip-Hop. I want to be a part of that!

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: My style is refined and soulful.

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

  22. A: I graduated from The Juilliard School with a Masters degree in '16. I have been freelancing ever since. I want to make studio recording a staple in my career.

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

  24. A: My viola, HS7 monitors, interface, MacBook Pro, and a Microphone

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

  26. A: Make sure that you have sheet music for us to read. It makes the process go so much faster!

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

  28. A: How quickly do you need the product? What is the project? What sort of sound or emotion are you looking for?

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

  30. A: I'm not sure. I think most people think Classical Musicians are square haha

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

  32. A: I love the sound of a finished product. There's an immense sense of accomplishment that I feel from a job well done.

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

  34. A: You will get the absolute best playing I can produce.

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Digital. I love having the ability to learn and have as many attempts for perfection.

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

  38. A: Gina Luciani! She's a great flute player!!!

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

  40. A: I'm working on a personal mixtape

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

  42. A: I played viola as part of a string quartet for the first track of Mac Miller's "The Divine Feminine." I'm most proud of that project because I actually got to meet and hang out with the artist. It was my first real "industry" job, and I can't wait to perform more!

  • ViolaAverage price - $100 per song
Terms Of Service

Up to 2 revisions, Typically turn-around within 72 hours depending on difficulty of music

GenresSounds Like
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • J. Cole
Gear Highlights
  • Focusrite Scarlett Audio Interface
  • Rode NT1 Microphone
  • Sony HS7 Studio Monitors
  • Logic Pro X
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