Emotions rule, especially if we want to connect with the listeners. My goal is to create an emotional connection between your song, my violin and the listener. Pick a style of music. I can do it. I have been a Cirque du Soleil violinist for the last 15 years, having played more than 5000 shows. I know how to “fit into” a song the most brillant way.
Violin is my passion. I'm versatile, creative and accomplished as a performer and as a player. The audio example on this page is a “Scary type of emotional track “. I really wanted to show an extreme example of how far I can take my violin playing! Send me your song. Let's talk about it and we'll create magic!
I played for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, played at the Sydney opera house, performed on Britain's got talent, recorded on 2 cirque du Soleil albums, and love to do online studio recordings.
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Interview with Sébastien Savard
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I love my Apollo twin soundcard and my good homemade ribbon mic. I also own the King of preamp. A Pendulum SPS-1. Very rare piece of equipement that remove every harsh things we hate of a violin.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on many cool projects but the most satisfying project was to do my own album. It's in progress. I do most of the beat tracks, bass, keys and violins. I'
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No but I look forward to meet some of the people out there.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: What about a mix of both? Good old Analog board bring personality in the sound. But those days digital boards can be amazing to.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: If I can improvise. I say a big yes. And I love it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That violin is a classical instrument only. I Say that violin is a All style musical instrument. It can really ROCK !!!!!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Professionalism. Because everything is in this word. But I would say my sound.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on the 3rd album of spacemak3r. A metal band with a lot of scary violin tracks
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise professionalism. And job well executed.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Playing violin of course but also have the sensation that my client is happy and call me back for some more is a great feeling.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Where do you precisely want a violin solo? which style? which intentions? Do you have a chart? If no chart, can you be precise on what you hear? Communication is the best tool.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Tell me your vision of the song. Send me examples if needed. Be precise. It's your song. Your project, your baby.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My violin, my bow, my guitar, my mandolin, my saxophone
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started violin at 6. At 15 years old I was part of big shows with 5 instruments to play with while doing choreography and changing costumes. At 23 years old I quitted that show to go on tour with Cirque Du Soleil for 15 years. 5000 shows in 4 productions. I played in the tonigh show with Jay Leno, I performed at the Sydney Opera house, I did Britain's got talent ... performed at epcot orlando the whole summer of 2018. I'm turning 40 this year.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My goal is to communicate emotions with my instrument. To touch people. Make them happy, sad, angry, scared ... that's why I choose to learn many style of music on violin. To be able to communicate emotions in many languages. My style is to be sensitive to the song I'm performing on.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Garth Brooks in a live show cause of his energy. I would probably try to chase him around.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never record a violin close mic or to far. We need a certain space in between to get the most of the instrument.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, classical, bluegrass, country, rock, trad, world, and sometimes, I can't even describe the style of music certain client send me.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My goal is to enhance and optimize by playing what the song need. It's really all about the song. And I always have in mind that each note I play should have a reason to be played.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I put on the track that is sent to me by the client, communicate with the client to really get his or her vision of the song. Sometimes we ask me to read a chart or improvise. But the most important is the communication
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love Itzhak Perlman for is sensitivity, especially is vibrato, my influences could go between swedish trad like Hoven Droven and heavy metal like Pantera. Violin can make you cry or rock the place out. That's my philosophy.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually get hired to record 1, 2 or 3 violin tracks. I also arrange them if we ask me to do it. I can play and improvise in many styles. We call me for my versatility, creativity, my sound and my professionalism.