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Interview with Ray Small SOCAN ACTRA RACS
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I got hurt back in 2009 and pinched nerves hurt for years!!!! I directed and produced Vegasville by Vegas!... a multigenre digital album which was used for a TV spot in the Netherlands and paid 2 royalties for it by SOCAN
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just recorded STUCK IN NOVA SCOTIA which is available here on SoundBetter I also wrote a song titled MOVING TRAIN
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I have been so busy....I havent had the chance to search yet...
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It depends what the client needs. I sing but sometimes a client may need me to go to their studio to record they may have digital gear or analog.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I always deliver! The client gets what they pay for! They are usually happy with my work.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I enjoy the creating and writing of a song but I would have to say playing LIVE in front of an audience is the greatest joy for me really.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is that really you singing that song? " YOU HAVE A VERY NICE VOICE" women ask me if I am single!...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: To perform on stage costs money! If you want to play the blues ya gotta pay your dues!...$$$$$$$
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. Do you wish to hire me this week? 2. What song do want me to sing?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please listen to some of my videos, music if there is a particular song you would like me to perform please let me know. Lets consult!... to arrange what you would like to hire me for! I prefer an upfront fee, to get working on a client's project.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Ovation acoustic guitar, Spanish nylon string guitar, writing pad, pen, pencil
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since elementary school when I learned how to play Johnny Cash!.. I have tinkered with recording cover songs and writing originals for many years! My song titles are registered with SOCAN
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to say I have unique ability to cover many styles!... Especially performing on stage!....
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Many artists have a great sound! I just want to get hired to sing with a great sounding kind and polite professional who pays upfront fir my time!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I usually bring my own guitar picks!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Country, Rock, Rhythm & Blues
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my voice, guitar strumming style
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring years of recording, having produced hundreds of recorded videos, vocals online.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process involves planning ahead what I am going to do in the studio...laying down tracks for vocals, guitar , drums, bass Then I use quality gear available in cooperation with the studio. Mac computer, Professional mic with windscreen
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Studio Sessions are recorded in STUDIO A , STUDIO B with audio engineer present
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: IATSE LOCAL 680 The Rolling Stones, Cirque DeSolelil, KISS
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I was BOOKED! with Local 680 IATSE to assemble stages and set up tear down shows for major bands!...ROLLING STONES....ALICE COOPER....KANYE WEST BRAD PAISLEY.....CIRQUE DE SOLEIL.as a permitee NonUnion