I play the sitar, bass guitar, and guitar. I write songs, and I make music for film and videos. Most of my work has been with with Jason Mraz, and Raining Jane. I played bass and sitar on Mraz's 2014 album "Yes!" Listen to my project For The Horses on Spotify to hear more sitar work of mine.
I've been playing the sitar for 20 years. I got a foundation in North Indian classical music at UCLA and now I integrate traditional classical concepts into pop compositions through my work with Jason Mraz and my own band, Raining Jane. For sitar examples, listen to Mraz's "Shine," Raining Jane's "Browntown," Trevor Hall's "Internal Heights," and the EP Shadow Hills by For The Horses - a project with 9 Theory featuring sitar with synths, beats, etc.
I also play the bass guitar with Raining Jane and Jason Mraz, among other artists.
I've composed music for several short films and web videos, usually more ambient stuff. You can hear samples on my website.
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Interview with Becky Gebhardt
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My band, Raining Jane, wrote and recording a full-length album with Jason Mraz that he released on Atlantic Records called "Yes!" That entire experience was amazing. I learned so much from working with Jason. We recorded at Mike Mogis' studio in Omaha and went on a world tour. I loved every minute of it!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm editing a podcast and composing music for it as well.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes! Producer, beat-maker, mixer 9 Theory aka Gabe Lehner!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: All of the above.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll do the best I can to make your dreams come true!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love playing music with other people and I love connecting with band mates and audience members in a collective live experience. I also love recording and I love recording studios!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I went to school for music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: When do you need my parts delivered by? For sitar, what key is your song in? What do you envision for the sitar?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Tell me some details about your project and let's talk!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: "Just" five? Haha I'd take an acoustic guitar with a strap on it so I could walk around and play, and an iPhone so I could record my ideas and call for help!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been full-time with my music career since 2005. I started playing in bands and writing songs in the mid-90's. I did not major in music in college. I learned North Indian classical sitar from two mentors, and everything else was self-taught. I learned by playing tons of shows, being in an indie band, and busting ass. My career took a turn when my band played at a festival where Jason Mraz headlined. It was 2006. He watched our set from the side of the stage and we've been collaborating with him since then. We've made albums together and toured the world together multiple times. It's a dream come true.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Brian Eno. He's a master and I think it'd be interesting to see how he works.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I was lazy about learning shortcuts - the sooner you learn them the better!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on acoustic singer-songwriter music like the music of Jason Mraz and Raining Jane, however I've also done alternative rock, and electronic music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think I'm a good collaborator. Is that a skill? I think I have pretty good musical instincts. Is THAT a skill? I've gotten good at being the "holding-it-down" minimalist bass player person in the band, and I've gotten pretty good at integrating sitar into singer-songwriter / pop music in a tasteful way.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: In terms of songwriting, I'm a good editor, I'm good at generating musical jumping off points, and I am good at being the person to bounce things off of.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on the job!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: On my desk I've got a Mac Mini with an Apollo Twin interface, two Mackie monitor speakers, and a 61-key NI midi keyboard. There's a sub speaker under the desk, which as a bass player I love! I'm most proficient with Logic Pro but I'm can get around in Ableton too. For recording sitar at home, I've gotten best results with my Shure KSM32. I have a traditional, fully acoustic sitar, and I have an electric-acoustic hybrid sitar from Rikhi Ram which I purchased when I last visited India. For recording bass, I go direct into the Apollo Twin. I record the most with my 1965 Fender P bass but I have several others to choose from as well (electric and acoustic). Other instruments I use to compose and record with include a Moog Grandmother synthesizer, Taylor steel string acoustic guitar, Reverend electric guitar, and ukulele. I've got a pedal setup I love that I use mostly with the electric guitar and electric sitar, including Strymon, ZVEX, Red Panda, Boss, Electro Harmonix, MXR.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Typically I record sitar and bass for people.