Rocco Guarino

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Credits include Slash, Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, Gilby Clarke, members of Weezer, Pearl Jam, Guns ‘n Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, The Runaways, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, and many others.

Rocco Guarino is a Los Angeles-based songwriter, producer, engineer, and mixer. He worked with rock supergroup Velvet Revolver for the life of the band, then went on to work with many of his idols. In 2014 he partnered with Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) to transform Scott’s private studio into a commercial recording facility, followed by Rami Jaffee of Foo Fighters. Songs that Rocco has written have been licensed by NBC, ABC, Comedy Central, IFC, E!, Sky UK, ICI Canada, Hulu, and others.

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Interview with Rocco Guarino

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

  2. A: Tight arrangements, sonic ear-candy, catchy parts.

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: Arranging.

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

  6. A: Rock and pop.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: Transparent.

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

  10. A: 20+ years

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

  12. A: Arranging, producing, engineering, and mixing. Directing videos.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: Lavish Studios: 3,000 sq. ft., 30' x 45' live room, grand piano, lounge, kitchen, office, control room, reserved parking.

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

  16. A: Leave time for happy accidents.

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

  18. A: Neumann U47, Neve 1073, LA3A, Apollo Twin, Laptop

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

  20. A: Fix it in pre-production.

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

  22. A: That it's well-defined.

  23. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  24. A: It's all analog in the end.

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

  26. A: Pre-production, usually two songs per day. Record drums first with all band members in the live room. Then bass, guitars, and keys overdubbed in the control room one at a time. Vocals recorded either in the live room or in the control room.

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

  28. A: Genre, instrumentation, number of songs, schedule, budget.

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

  30. A: QUESTION: How long does it take to make an album? ANSWER: The whole time.

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

  32. A: The music and the personalities.

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

  34. A: To remain transparent.

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