I am a woodwind multiinstrumentalist with lot's of TV, studio and live-experience. SAXES | FLUTES | CLARINETS | DUDUKS | IRISH WHISTLES
I´m Axel. I am based in Germany (close to Cologne) & Austria. I am studied jazz-saxophonist and multiinstrumentalist. I play all saxophones, flute(s), high whistles, alto whistles, low whistles, Bb-clarinet, bassclarinet and duduk(s). I recorded woodwinds for many gold & platin albums. I´m musician for Germany's No.1 music-TV-show "Sing my Song" ("Sing meinen Song - das Tauschkonzert", 2014 until today), I am bandmember of singer-songwriter Gregor Meyle and german cult-band "BAP". I write theatre music and arrange hornparts for pop-productions.
My studio "WOODWINDROOM" is specialized in recording woodwinds for all sorts of music-, film- and theatre productions. This I can do on very short notice. Just get in touch and I can give you a clear answer on how fast you will have your tracks. I have a bunch of pro brass horn players and different studio options at hand, so you could also get a full brass section recording for your production. This usually takes a little longer than recording woodwinds by myself. I feel comfortable with many genres. I can deliver a screaming 80s saxsolo (if you really want that), I can offer a warm and smoky sax-melody, a fusion-jazzy sopranosax-theme, a classical flute or clarinet line, some irish whistle jigs or even a few atmospheric Duduk bends for your film score.
Most important is that we chat before recording to figure out what you want!
Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.
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Interview with AXEL'S WOODWINDROOM
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: If been co-writing and recording the woodwind parts for all albums and live-broadcasts of Germany's No.1 TV-music-show "Sing meinen Song" which is in it's 6th season now, having released 12 albums (some of which gained platin & gold status) and more than 300 songs.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Nowadays I would go 99% digital since the workflow is much better. If working analog, there must be a strict reason why and a straight workflow and no mix revisions.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: being creative, giving some "handmade flair" to recordings
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to example recordings first. Don't be afraid to ask horn-related questions. Not everybody is familiar with these instruments.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Tenorsax, my ribbon mic, interface, laptop, sunglasses
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I grew up in a jazzy family. Started with clarinet at the age of 6. Sax at the age of 13. Became singer-songwriter-guitarist at the age of 16. Studied jazz-saxophone. Founded a artist & booking agency. Began touring & recording woodwinds on a professional level in 2004 up to now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: handmade, soulful, melodic
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: in terms of brass / woodwind recordings: if you want horns to be sounding powerful and rich in a pop-productions, the players have to play with less dynamic and louder in studio than they would usually do when playing live. You won't get this "natural compression" with any plugin...
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: mostly pop, rock, jazz recordings for artists/bands but also theatre and film music productions
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Understanding of multiple musical genres
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: melody, liveliness, warmth
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First of all: let's chat! Most important is to understand what you want. The next question is: "Who writes the hornparts?" Has a arranger written something or do you want me to come up with the arrangement or is it just a quick and easy melody that needs no sheetmusic or proper arrangement. If these questions are answered, I would do a quick example-recording, so we can decide about style, sound, microphone a.s.o. and after having figured that out, I would start to track and send you the files as soon as possible.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My room is small and very dry. No bass issues. No present room tone. For recording woodwinds in 99% I use my AEA R84 ribbon with the AEA RPQ500 ribbon preamp. Another option is my Sennheiser MD441 or my AKG 414. I can record between 44.1 196khz. You get raw wav-files. If desired, I offer to export my tracks with EQ & compression (using the Slate Plugins).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: To me good music is a mixture between heart, stomach and brain. To evoke emotions, the heart and stomach have to be triggered. This is what I love about good pop & rock music. In jazz often the brain becomes more important. I love music and artists that offer both. I like it, when it maintains some dirt. To name a few: John Scofield, Charlie Winston, Bon Iver, Regina Spektor, Beck, Tom Waits From a production point of view, I do like to work clean and polished though, if the genre needs this.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of the time I record horns as overdubs when the basic tracks of a production are already done. That can mean a simple solo or melody track or a complete hornsection. Often producers or artists are not familiar with the possibilities (woodwind, brass, mixed, unison, polyphone, close miked, soft and breathy, loud with a lot overtones ...), so I often try to give examples, of what could be a good fit for the song / score. If a complete mixed brass & woodwind hornpart is desired, I can offer writing, arranging, hiring further musicians. We even can come to you studio to track the parts.