Hi, I'm Ath and through Guitar SeshWorks I offer pro quality guitar recording services from my home studio. I take great pride in helping music professionals fulfil their artistic vision and I will be honoured to be given the opportunity to work on your next project.
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My name is Ath, I am based in the UK and I have been a performing and recording guitarist for almost 2 decades.
My strengths are tight rhythm parts in the style of Nile Rodgers and Rob Harris, crunchy rock riffs and progressions and explosive leads ranging from dramatic to choppy depending on what the song requires.
For the listed price you will get:
-Rhythm parts L + R (as many as required or I can come up with, double or quad-tracked)
-Hooks, melodies, intros, outros etc
-Solo (if there is a need for one)
As many revisions necessary for a satisfactory end result.
When I have a 1st ful take done will do a rough mix and email a mp3 back for feedback.
I use high quality gear both analog and digital.
Guitars: Tyler, Fender, Yaron, Charvel, Yamaha
Amps: Boogie, Divided by 13, BadCat, CAE
DAW: Logic pro X
Interface: Apollo X6 thunderbolt 3
Outboard: Warm Audio, FMR
Plugins: UAD, Slate Digital
Thanks for checking out my profile, looking forward to working with you.
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Interview with Guitar SeshWorks
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Record electric guitar parts at my home studio
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dann Huff (both as guitarist and producer) Tim Pierce Dave Pensado Jeff Porcaro Mike Oldfield Desmond Child
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Not sure if there would electricity to power any active gear so I'd say my semi hollow electric guitar
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I think that remote sessions solve many logistical issues and offer a world-wide talent pool of providers. What may be missing though is the personal element of spending time with people in a creative environment (e.g. a studio) and so I believe that some effort to pick a provider that seems like a good hang and build the relationship a bit (e.g. via skype chats) is beneficial.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Attitude, dedication, resolve
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I'd say both. Digital has come a long way helping guitarists to further utilise analog gear in a more manageable manner in small studio environments like home studios.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet but I am looking forward to getting to know people.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was hired to record guitar parts on a modern funk song for which the drums and bass were recorded live in the studio by 2 of the best musicians in the UK for this genre. It was a humbling experience. The recording and the playing were of such high quality that made my job a lot easier and inspiring and brought out my playing too.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have just completed a latin song requiring acoustic guitar parts and I am really pleased with the result given that acoustic guitar and latin music are not among my strongest skills.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic Pro X Apollo x6 Analog guitar amps into a Two Notes Torpedo Live speaker emulator Some rack units Slate and UAD plugins
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Attitude, chops, emotion and flow via means of carefully laid out rhythmic elements
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Funk, neo-soul and hard rock
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Explosive, emotional, choppy, cheeky, bouncy..
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get drums sounding right with some amount of room; it makes everyone sound better.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dann Huff (he's kinda my guitar hero and looks like a very nice guy) Brad Paisley (I love his compositions and his playing) Jamiroquai (for his wonderful rhythm and arranging sensibilities)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was classically trained from the age of 7 when I took piano tuition. A few years later I started playing guitar and by 14 I was playing in bands and gigging in local venues. For the 20 years I have played in bands professionally and have recorded for professional and up and coming artists.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically ask for a mp3 of the song without any guitar recorded and some further indication of what the customer expects stylistically. That comes often in the form of a reference song As soon as I have a first go at the song and have a backbone of basic tracks laid down, I do a little bit of mixing and send the song back to the customer for feedback The process repeats until the customer is happy at which point I email all tracks back in whatever format is most convenient for the customer.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My roots are in classic hard rock and this comes out in my playing; there is a bluesy aesthetic in most fills and hooks when the style of the song allows it and I have a feel for crunchy and dirty riffs and chord progressions. I have always enjoyed transcribing solos from session legends of the 80s and 90s like Dann Huff and Steve Lukather and through that I developed a knack for explosive solos with attitude that span from dramatic to choppy and anything in between. In my gigging career I have played a lot of soul, R&B, funk and disco and, as a result, tight rhythm parts in the style of Nile Rodgers and Rob Harris come natural and I can throw the odd muted single note line part for a bit of bounce. Finally, being a closet jazzer I enjoy taking things outside when it suits the song.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I want to know if they already have a feel of what the guitar parts should sound like and/ or if there is a song I could use as a reference to understand what they have in mind.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you need the most expensive gear and loads of it to be able to do good-sounding work.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: -When can I have a 1st mix back? 3-5 days -How many revisions? As many as necessary -How can I reach you? email and/ or skype -Do you sight-read? Yes, although not my top skill.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything. I enjoy building a soundscape of interweaved guitar parts and then I can't wait to listen back to the finished result after the mixing and mastering has glued everything up into a song.