Strong Male voice with 4 octave range, versatile, great pitch, optimum for Rock Style, Experienced & Pro and well trained. Vocal stacks or harmonies, lyrics and vocal melody lines. All top quality recording.
Can offer great quality Pro vocals for serious Music. I'm a seasoned Singer that has great versatility, I have a 4 octave range and can offer a wide choice of vocal styles. My specialty tends to Rock, however I can deliver any kind of vocal styles, even more operatic. Im a touring musician,International or local playing my own compositions or covers, both solo and with my bands and I am a session musician.
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Interview with Ray van D
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup consists of an Imac running Protools or Cubase with an Apogee Duet, Neve LB 1073 pre, Neumann Tlm103 mic & a Vocal booth.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process consists of trying to understand the vision of the one that created the song and try to capture the spirit and try to create a picture. I like to see songs as small movies. I usually start with letting the tape roll, get the vibe going and start to lay a foundation on the melody or the lyrics. It's amazing how the song can suddenly talk to you and make you feel as though you heard it before, or as it always existed, always been there. After I feel this vibe, I start tweaking and improving the parts until they sound solid and true. I have always believed that its not what you play or sing, it's how you you play or sing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I definitely always bring my hart into the song. I always aim for honesty and truth.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my Vocal ability.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I am very eclectic. I am mainly a Rock Singer but I am very versatile. I have different projects where I can jump from a Rock register to operatic or Musical to Crooner. I like to express myself in different ways and I like to explore different colors.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If it doesn't sound special in a simple format then its not good enough. You can add layers and layers on top of a song, but if its a bad song it will always be a bad song no matter how you dress it.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Slash. He is a type of writer that is honest. Even tough he's not the greatest guitarist out there, or even the best composer, usually he plays it like he means it and he has this distinctive sound. I like that honest "take it or leave it" approach.There are many others I would love to work with, though :)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: From the heart, powerful and honest.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I formed my first band at the age of 14, recorded my 1st album at 17 (vocal lead and back, co-writer and guitarrist,) released 3 cds with them and toured for 10 years, guested in many projects, lots of studio work. I played and still play in cover bands and as a solo act and I released 3 albums this year with 3 different projects. I have 6 albums under my belt and I have participated in several projects. I have been a musician for 20+ years
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I am on a desert island every time Im in writing mode. I would bring my acoustic guitar, my iMac, my apogee duet, my Neumann tlm103 and my neve preamp.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: It's hard to talk about customers needs. Each customer has different needs. I guess I would look for professionalism and people that deliver with passion. It's something you cant fake, either you are singing or playing from the heart or you're not.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking for? What do you hear in this song? How does it make you feel? Can you describe the images you have in your mind? What is your vision? Where do you see the vocals coming in? Do you have lyrics? If you could choose any singer to sing this song, who would that be? Why?
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Vocals (main or backing) Lyrics & Songwriting.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The ones that deliver with Passion, Honesty & Truth.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think it's the idea that you have to be inspired to be a songwriter and that singing comes naturally. It's hard work. Singers are like athletes, you have to be in shape and practice regularly. The same with songwriting, you have to be consistent, do research. It's 90% sweat and 10% inspiration.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is it too high to sing? Humm.. Let me try..
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love Music. It's my call, it's my mission on this planet. I am very fortunate to be able to do what I do.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I deliver strong passionate and high quality vocals, always in tune.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. There are advantages and disatvantages in both. It depends on your taste.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on my next album with my band Stone Breaker, I just released and album with Terra Plana, I am finishing a mix of a live show I did with a Soprano and a pianist called Opera Rocks and I am preparing for 2019 tours.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked with a guitarrist called Paulo Barros from a band called Tarantula from Porto -Portugal as a lyricist and vocalist on his solo project called "Barros- More Humanity Please... " and was mixed and mastered by Harry Hess from a band called Harem Scarem. The album was released last June. I am very proud of my work. He was very kind to let me explore different things and gave me lots of freedom both on the lyrics and melodies. It was done quite quickly.