My music has charted #1 on national radio, has over 1 million streams, and has appeared in shows and movies on Netflix, HULU, FX, MTV, Syfy, and more!
Isabelle Banos is a Montreal-based producer, songwriter and a founding member of the alternative pop band Caveboy, in which she plays bass and synthesizers. She has performed across Canada, showcased throughout the U.S., and participated in major music conferences all over the world. While she loves producing music in many genres, she most enjoys working on genre bending pop music that blends together her various influences from previous decades.
Her music has appeared in TV shows and movies, most notably Caveboy's "Something Like Summer" in Netflix's Maid. Her most recent project was re-imagining a holiday classic for the popular film Happiest Season (Hulu). In 2020, Music Publishers Canada named her among the Top 8 emerging female producers in Canada to be welcomed into the 2020 "Women in the Studio" accelerator program. She has written columns for Canadian Musician magazine and was featured in their 2018 "Queens of the Low Frequencies" article, in which she was highlighted as one of the leading female bass players in Canada.
Isabelle is a featured educator on LANDR's YouTube channel, as well as a board member for the Montreal chapter of Rock Camp For Girls.
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Interview with Isabelle Banos
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Analog has that genuine, tangible, deep and thick quality that can make digital seem thin in comparison. But with current digital technology the creative possibilities are endless, so why limit yourself to one or the other!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook, Apollo Twin, Shure SM7B, Beyerdynamic DT770 Headphones, ...solar powered battery pack?!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar when I was 12 and then continued to broaden my musical interests and skills ever since. I've been writing and producing music professionally for over 10 years, alongside being a professional touring musician in Caveboy for the last 5 years as well. I love my job!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Alternative, Indie
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have my own studio space in Montreal. My studio is a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone filled with a fun mix of analog and virtual gear to hep make the magic happen.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Original music production for emerging artists within all sub-genres of Pop
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: So many badass womxn on here, hire them now and help raise that 2%.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm a woman so I'm not as good.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are some songs/artists that you'd like me to listen to as reference for your project? What are your goals with your music?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Just. Have. Fun.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Mark Ronson, Grimes, St. Vincent, Lizzo, Alicia Keys
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to keep working until you are 100% satisfied with the final result, and I will do it all with patience, kindness, professionalism, and a dad joke here and there.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Collaborating with other artists because I love learning about new musical projects and being challenged out of my comfort zone by working with people who are completely different from me.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take the time to listen through some of the provider's work, and chat with them to get their vibe. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Choose the person who you feel will take your project as seriously as you do, instead of it just being some paid gig.