Formerly known as a winning award singer/songwriter I am also a recordist, mix engineer and producer. Firmly believe in looking at the past to shape the future, I love to work in remote and put all my efforts into pimping and expanding your music in a soulful way where low-fi and ultra-fi are complementary and sweetly overlap.
Over the years, I've become known for my retro-futuristic unique approach developed from combining his top notch collection of vintage and modern gear.
Original Pultec & Klein & Hummel UE-100 equalizers, Teletronix & Highland Dynamics compressors, Api preamps,
oddballs like 5 Tel-Ray Oil delay, Binson Echorec2, Akg BX20 and a fantastic vintage Studer mixing console that came straight from Decca's Studio are some of the iconic units sit in my rack.
Also I have have an impressive selection of vintage keys and Synths, included a 1959 B3 organ Hammond (selected by Jimmy Smith himself) and an original Minimoog mod. D from 1970, not to mention iconic large diaphragm mics like Neumann U-47 (both FET and Tube) and Sweet ribbons like a matched pair of RCA 77d and Altec 639.
I offer a wide range of services in the musical producing field: recording, mixing , songwriting, producing, audio restoring to records and films companies, producers, independent artists and any other music based audio media companies.
I've been fortunate enough to work with so many amazing talents from jazz to rock such as Juliette Lewis, Paul Weller, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Louis Molo, Elton Dean, BB King, Ray Charles, Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings.
All my productions get massive airplays in National Eu Radios as BBC, Ter France, Fip, Radio Rai, DeutchlandFunk Kultur, Eins.
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Interview with Luca Sapio
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing, Mixing, Songwriting, Arranging
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Producers Pioneers such as: Norman Petty, Norman Whitfield, King Tubby, Tom Dowd, David Axelrod, Chips Moman, Rudy Van Gelder, Bruce Botnik Contemporary Masters such as: Sir Greg Wells, Tchad Blake, Andrew Scheps, Josh Gudwin, Malay
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Hybrid system. A Powerful 64 bit DAW surrounded by a Top Notch selection of analog gear, mostly tube based, mostly vintage to get that sweet spot where low-fi and ultra-fi blend together in a killer way.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Talk with the artist and try to understand his expectations and goals. Listen carefully to the demo and figure out what's missing and what's need to be improved. Import the audio tracks in my template and workflow.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Soul. Most of what I listen today is missing that soulful old school organic vibe. Too many tracks, too many virtual instruments. If I have a gift is the gift of synthesis. I can focus on what matters and what make a song successful keeping that human and authentic feeling.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: blending low-fi and ultra-fi
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Soul, Jazz, Afro Beat, Soundtrack, Funk, Reggae, R'n'b, Psychedelic Rock, Garage
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Trust your ears,
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Frank Ocean he is a really open talented and open minded artist.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: soulful, organic, artistic
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: After a decade spent in singing and recording for artists including Tony Scott, Eumir Deodato, Elton Dean, Don Moyè, Juliette Lewis, in 2012 I released my solo album entitled “Who Knows”. The album reached the German and French charts and was awarded as best independent record by SIAE, the italian copyright collecting agency. Consolidating the relationship between me and the producer Thomas Brenneck (Charles Bradley, Mark Ronson) in 2014 I released another solo record entitled “Everyday Is Gonna Be The Day”. From my solo debut until now I had the chance to share the stage with artists as Paul Weller, Trombone Shorty, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and appeared as “special guest star” in National TV shows as the “Dave Letterman Show”, “Die Harald Schmidt”, "C&A vous" and many others. In 2015, following the path of the soulful independent labels from the late 60's and mid 70's, launched my own record label: “Blind Faith Records”. I built from the scratch his recording studio and founded a collective of musicians and arrangers called the Italian Royal Family, formerly known as the Blind Faith Studio house band. In the same year I recorded, mixed and produced “Three Gees” for the multi awarded Malian superstar Baba Sissoko feat. the african american bluesman Corey Harris. In 2016 I wrote, recorded, mixed and produced “Singing For The Good Times” for the legendary "funky diva" Miss Martha High (37 years personal background singer of Mr. James Brown) In 2017 I wrote, recorded, mixed and produced “The World That We Live In” for the blues singer Sugaray Rayford, candidated as best soul blues album at the 39th Blues Music Awards. In 2018 I recorded, mixed and produced "Fasiya" for Baba Sissoko and his daughter Djana featuring the afro wiz Max Weissefeldt on drums. I am also a music journalist and a radio host. My shows were broadcasted live daily on the Italian National Radio 1 and 2 from 2014 til now
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Nagra tape machine two tracks, Highland Dynamics BG1 stereo compressor, an U-47, 808 roland, wurlitzer 200A piano.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: music is my reason for leaving.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: expectations, templates, goals, budget.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: gear dosen't matter
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make it better? Yes.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: talking with the people, dealing with talents.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I am for real.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: both. We are in 2019. Let's use all the best we have.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am new here!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Proudly restoring all the Bunny Lee productions.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Piero Piccioni - Camille 2000. I found the original master reels, restored, remastered and put it out on my label!