10 years of playing.2 years worth of recording, mixing and studio experience. I pride myself on doing my best to deliver the best product for an artist or bands needs. I will get the job done well, for less and in half the time.
I have been playing for ten years and I am 20. I started my musical journey playing the drums when I was ten and then stopped and moved over to the guitar because I realized quickly that playing the guitar is who I am and not what I do. I play electric guitar, acoustic guitar and bass guitar. I also have a keen music theory background. I specialize in the electric guitar and will session for live shows and in the studio. Although my specialty is the electric guitar, I will session live for bass and acoustic as well and have done so on several occasions. I do settings from playing for vocalists and solo artists to trios and full bands. I thrive in genres such as the blues, jazz and rock. However, I am capable of adapting to any genre that suits the clients needs. I pride myself on being professional and punctual to deliver the absolute best for the artist or band.
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Interview with Alexi Marinaki
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am more than happy to do live shows as well as studio work. The most common type of work I do is live shows.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by Joe Bonamassa, Richie Kotzen, Nick Johnston, David Gilmour, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, Jimi Hendrix and the list goes on.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Steinberg UR44 audio interface running into a standard Windows Desktop Computer with two Eris E5 studio monitors. I use Cubase as my DAW.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to work out the bones of whatever it is that I'm doing such as tempo and time signature and key at the very beginning then I move onto listening to the track I'm working on and then I reel a few ideas off and then listen back and continue to do so until I'm happy and once I am, I will record a clean and good take. If I'm doing live shows, I simply like to listen to the tracks I have to play over and over again and practice them over and over again. If I am writing for an artist, I like to have a clear and simple description of their thought process.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a unique blend of styles. I think that my best quality is that I'm never entirely satisfied. I never settle for second best and I think that most importantly, I serve the music. No ego nor pride. The music comes first.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Other than making music, my professionalism.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on blues. Sometimes it's hard rock blues or more jazzy blues or atmospheric and ambient blues suitable for soundtracks but the one constant is the blues.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If the mix isn't good the track won't be good. Never try to tweak and adjust to hide bad playing in the mastering or editing process. Start with a good clean take.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with the same people who influence because I feel like we'd definitely be on the same page musically and while I could bring a lot to the table, they would definitely teach me a thing or two.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: The blues however, my style paints a picture. I always try to convey whatever it is that I'm thinking or feeling.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: This is my career path. Music. In all its forms.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Washburn N2 A Telecaster A Marshall head and cab/ with footswitch A delay peddle A glass slide
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always look for the artist that suits your needs the best. Although an artist might be a technically very good musician in the studio they might not be the best for live shows.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to make sure I have a clear image in my head of what they want from me and my playing. Like what styles they want? Fast or slow playing? Groovy or not? Etc.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you need a very specific set of qualifications to do a job really well. Experience, practice, ambition and practice is all it takes.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They typically ask about my process of writing or recording or about how long I've been playing. They also tend to ask questions like how I got to where I am.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to make music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To always put their needs and satisfaction first.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog, it makes you a better player. There's no hiding behind Pro Tools. However, in this day and age both work pretty great.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No, unfortunately I do not know anyone on SoundBetter. Yet...
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm always working on new instrumental songs which you can see on Soundcloud. Currently I'm playing bass for a band.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a five day band project with several different musicians and none of us had ever met and we had to put together three or four songs and play a show. I'm especially proud of it because it was the first time I was in a big role and It was a pure creative process and once again, I got to make music.