stevenserra

Remote session mixer guitarist

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Hi my name is Steve. I run smallhousesongs.com. I have written custom music on short deadlines. I got my degree in classical guitar.

I run my custom music company called Small House Songs. I have a degree in Music with guitar as my primary instrument. When I mix, I like to make sure all elements are balanced. When I am hired to do session work I make sure the work exactly how the client wants it to sound.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Interview with stevenserra

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

  2. A: Mixing, tracking, and session work.

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

  4. A: Tchad Blake, Frank Ocean, Brian Wilson, Hans Zimmer.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: Home studio. One Control Room and two live rooms. One live room has isolation mostly for louder instruments such as drums or re-amping second live room is live band setting for jazz combos.

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

  8. A: Track in the beginning of the week, mostly 3 days and next 2 days are mixing and overdubs.

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

  10. A: Sometimes I bring transparency. If the artist is strong about their convictions than I will just hit the record button. Sometimes an artist might need help transferring his or her own idea to other musicians or just on record. I can provide that too.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: I listen to what someone needs to get done in a timely manner.

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

  14. A: Mostly custom, whatever the artist or client is looking for.

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

  16. A: Get it right in the performance.

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

  18. A: Tchad Blake as an engineer. Very minimalistic and is able to adapt to whatever is around. D'Angelo as an artist. I would like to see how he does things.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Straightforward.

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

  22. A: I play classical guitar. I got interested in recording. Started to learn Digital Performer and Ableton.

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

  24. A: 1. Classical Guitar 2. Royer 121 3. Neve 500 mic pre in lunchbox style enclosure 4. Apogee Ensemble 5. Computer with DAW

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

  26. A: Look for someone that you can clearly communicate your ideas with and can help clearly facilitate those ideas onto record.

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

  28. A: That I completely write the song for somebody.

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

  30. A: Do I produce? Producing is such a general term that if you are asking if I can write a song for you ground up, there is a lot of money involved in that. I client has a clear idea of how the song should be and the client doesn't have the ability to produce that sound than I can help with that.

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

  32. A: Being able to play music and be a part of the production process.

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

  34. A: I promise to keep a clear line of communication with you.

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Digital. In a way it doesn't matter because there is no clear cut sonic advantage between the two.

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

  38. A: not that I can think of right now.

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

  40. A: Creating Sound Packs with a drummer.

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

  42. A: I've worked on multiple commercial projects for corporate clients but that work ethic recently help me create a cover collaboration with an artist who wanted to record a Christmas song a week before Christmas. We finished it in three days.

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Low Rising Cover

I was the Engineer, Guitarist, Banjoist and Drummer in this production

Terms Of Service

I allow 3 revisions and every revision thereafter is an additional 50USD. Mixing and session work is done usually within 3 days per track.

GenresSounds Like
  • Tchad Blake
  • Frank Ocean
  • Aphex Twin
Gear Highlights
  • digital performer 9
  • ableton 9
  • spl mix dream
  • apogee ensemble
  • royer 121
  • fender jaguar
  • 60’s supro
  • markbass amp
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