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🎸 Professional musician, SESAC member, Lakland bass endorsee with over a decade of experience across a variety of musical disciplines, including sessions, touring, production, writing and licensing.
🧠 Proprietor, Cerebral Music Group –a collective home for thoughtful rock, pop and R&B– featuring artists Rare Futures (fka Happy Body Slow Brain), Model Decoy, and FutureCastle, a collaboration with Gavin Castleton.
🚀 International touring with Ben Kenney (Incubus, The Roots); national tours with Rare Futures, FutureCastle, Ice Nine Kills, The Narrative, Pale Gloom, Model Decoy, Heavy English.
🎬 Syncs with NBC, MTV, ABC,ABC Family, Relativity Media, CW; airplay on SiriusXM's AltNation.
📝 Writer; interviews with Terrace Martin, Adam Blackstone, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Pedro Bromfman, Kaveh Rastegar, Louis Cato, Killiam Shakespeare (Corey Bernhard & Steve Mckie)
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Interview with Ari Sadowitz
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Bass and/or guitar - proficient on both with an ear for melodic lines that serve the song.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My friends, and anyone who is challenging their own notions of creativity in pursuit of original and honest music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Humble but efficient. Apogee and Logic at the core, with the ability to work in ProTools and Ableton. Lakland basses, Fender (or Fender-esque) guitars, Swart amps.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Get inside the song with open ears, figure out what it's saying and what it needs from me.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An eclectic palette to best serve the song, an ear for melody and interesting harmony.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The constant desire to never settle, to always try new things, to keep creating.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, pop, r&b, and the intersection thereof.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Blake Mills - he's at the forefront of a very tangible, warm and organic sound, reminiscent of classics but very much in the present. And Michael League, whose musicianship knows no bounds.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Raised on Rage Against the Machine, tumble dry on Soulquarians, in constant pursuit of Steely Dan, plus a bunch of reverb and delay.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Still working on it!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: As the principal songwriter and producer for Model Decoy, I'm able to focus on all aspects of song craft. The project interprets preexisting narratives/characters from comics, film and television through song in an era where compelling soundtracks are unfortunately lacking.