Michael Cleveland

Grammy award winning musician

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Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Michael Cleveland is a highly sought-after studio and touring musician. He is also the 12 time recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year award. Michael has been performing and recording professionally for over 20 years!

I play fiddle, acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo.

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5 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by keith k.
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    This is my second time working with Michael. His skills on the fiddle are amazing. God willin' and the creek don't rise, I will be working with him again soon!

  2. Review by Lance w.
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    Michael is easy to work with and is a virtuoso of the highest order.

  3. Review by keith k.
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    Michael is an amazing player. His fiddle track is exactly what I was hoping for. Very quick turn around and an awesome part! I will collaborate with him again!

  4. Review by alan v.
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    Michael "gets it!". I got all of the tradition plus the personal inspiration from a very talented player.
    Just what every songwriter is hoping for.
    Super nice. Super easy. Super fast.the next song.
    I can't wait to hear what he does on

  5. Review by Jennifer A.
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    I had a complex mood piece , and Michael made it arrive -he is easy to communicate with and he brought forth the story I wanted to tell with "Surrender Road " I will be asking him to do the next part of the piece , when I am ready - Thank you Michael -

Interview with Michael Cleveland

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: The most common type of work I do for my clients is acoustic instrument overdubs. The client will send me a track and instructions on when and when they want me to play and any other ideas or suggestions of what they would like to hear in the song.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: Vince Gill, Tony Brown, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Jeff White, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush

  5. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  6. A: The most common type of work I do for my clients is acoustic instrument overdubs. The client will send me a track and instructions on when and when they want me to play and any other ideas or suggestions of what they would like to hear in the song.

  7. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  8. A: Vince Gill, Tony Brown, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Jeff White, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: I use an iPad digital audio workstation (DAW) called Hokusai Audio Editor, a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 audio interface, and a variety of condenser microphones.

  11. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  12. A: The most common type of work I do for my clients is acoustic instrument overdubs. The client will send me a track and instructions on when and when they want me to play and any other ideas or suggestions of what they would like to hear in the song.

  13. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  14. A: Vince Gill, Tony Brown, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Jeff White, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: I use an iPad digital audio workstation (DAW) called Hokusai Audio Editor, a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 audio interface, and a variety of condenser microphones.

  17. Q: What's your typical work process?

  18. A: I review instructions from the client about what they want to hear on the track. I listen to the song, particularly focusing on the lyrics and any kind of vocal or instrumental hooks that I can play along with the band or expand on depending on the song.

  19. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  20. A: I bring 20 years of studio experience working with some of the biggest names in the industry. I have a keen understanding of how to provide solid backup and creative breaks that meld with a song's structure, style, and instrumentation.

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: My strongest skill is that I am good at listening to the song and providing backup and breaks that perfectly fit the song.

  23. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  24. A: I am most experienced in working on country, bluegrass, Americana, gospel, singer-songwriter, rock, and pop tracks.

  25. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  26. A: I have always been a fan of producers who have a vision for what they want, but they are also interested in giving musicians the freedom to explore other possibilities. I know from my own experience that I have had a vision going into the studio, but when I have worked to incorporate the other musicians' perspectives it had led to an end result way better than what I could have imagined.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: I would like to work with Eric Clapton because I have long been a fan of his work. It's always interesting to work with my heroes and learn their perspective and how they come up with such great and innovative ideas.

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. A: I have a lot of respect for the people who have set the standard for the music that we play today, but also enjoy bringing my own ideas to build upon this legacy.

  31. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  32. A: I graduated high school in 1999 and I have been touring and recording ever since.

  33. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  34. A: I think if I had my fiddle, guitar, mando, banjo, and a shaving kit I could be happy anywhere.

  35. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  36. A: I think having a good idea of what you want to hear is important in getting the most out of your experience.

  37. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  38. A: I always ask what the client wants to hear on the song and what the deadline is.

  39. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  40. A: The biggest misconception about what I do is that I can play whatever I want on the tracks. I carefully listen to tailor what I play to meld with what the other musicians are playing on the track. Just because I play fiddle doesn't mean that I can only play country and bluegrass. I like playing all kinds of music.

  41. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  42. A: They typically ask how much I charge per track. My response is $100/track.

  43. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  44. A: I like the fact that I can from my home studio, I can record any time day or night. If I am up at 3AM and want to work on something I can do it.

  45. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  46. A: I promise them that their satisfaction is guaranteed.

  47. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  48. A: I like them both for different reasons.

  49. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  50. A: No.

  51. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  52. A: I just finished a new album released on Compass Records called Tall Fiddler. You can access on my SoundCloud link in my profile. I collaborated with a number of prominent artists in different genres including Tommy Emmanuel, Sam Bush, Tom O'Brien, and Bela Fleck, almost others.

  53. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  54. A: My most recent album, Tall Fiddler. I was able to collaborate with some of musical heroes.

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  • Vince Gill
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  • I use a Scarlett 6i6 interface and a variety of high quality condenser microphones.
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