I'm always looking onto working with new artists to help them develop their projects providing the highest quality, expertise and potential success. My Production Studio is equipped and ready for the creation, development, production, recording and mixing of any genre from Pop, Rock, Urban and Electronica, to Film Scoring and Audio Visual Media.
I am Grammy-certified awarded Record Producer with over 30 years of experience in the development, guidance, conception and labor of Recording an artist. I have been A&R and label consultant for most major labels since 1996. I have worked on multi-national and international productions and have toured as keyboardist and Musical Director for well established artists.
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Interview with Sam FISH Fisher
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Wide range of influences, a bit too long to mention. But main influences come from Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Ministry, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, Brian Eno, Trevor Horn, Giorgio Moroder, Arthur Baker, Roy Thomas Baker and Reinghold Mack's work with Queen to name a few... all the way to Vangelis, Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, to the Fania All Stars. Some of them whom I have had the honor to work with or meet.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Well, my studio set up is centered on Steingberg's Cubase 10 as DAW, with DSP plug-ins from Universal Audio UAD-2 processors, Slate Digital, Softube, Plugin Alliance, Waves and many other assorted processors. Virtual instruments from UVI, Applied Acoustic Systems, Arturia - all of which are arguably the best virtual instruments around, together with a vast array of virtual instruments from Roland, Korg and others. Along with these I have a collection of Roland hardware synthesizers, several keyboard controllers and control surfaces including Softube's Console 1. Mic pre-amp is handled by a Groove Tubes ViPre and another pair of vintage pre-amps together with a collection of microphones covering 30 years of mics, along with 2 digital 8 channel pre-amps. At the center of the studio is a Mac Pro Quad Core with 17TB of HD and 32 GB of RAM and 2 MOTU audio interfaces. The studio monitors are Yamaha, ADAM and behritone.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: There are several misconceptions about what a record producer/music producer does. First, someone who programs beats is not a record producer or a music producer. It takes so much more than that. There are so many details and elements that have to be attended and handled that go far beyond doing a beat. Second, record producers can enhance greatness but we are not alchemists. If there is no great songwriting, if there is no performance with the feeling, energy and vibe needed, don't expect the record producer to bring that in. We do not carry a bag with little magical potions to make that happen. That's where the greatness of the artist comes in. What we do is make sure that such greatness is enhanced 100 times over. And third, songs and productions do not happen all in an hour. It takes time to make great music. Don't expect to have immediate results. That is a false expectation. It all goes through a process. Instant gratification only applies to social media, and its not real.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Its ironic... I studied film production in college. I fell in love with movies at an early age and right around the same time I started piano lessons and music theory. Music has been essential in films since the beginning of the "Talkies". And music is one of the things I love the most about films as well. And while in college, in order to pay my expenses, I used work as a session player and work in different studios all over. I have been professionally playing and part of the music industry for 33 years.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: What I'm mainly sought for is for music production - covering from song selection, musical arrangements, programming, performance, recording and mixing. There some projects which need me to work post-production and mixing for. Also part of my work entails handling A&R duties, keyboard sessions and co-writing with the artists.