I've toured the nation and parts of the World opening for acts such as Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Randy Houser, and Dierks Bentley just to name a few. I have also worked in world famous studios including Blackbird, Quonset Hut, and Ocean Way. I love to work all genres of music. I currently have a studio outside Baltimore, MD.
I've worked in the music industry for over 10 years. Having spent years on the road playing guitar for National Country and Rock acts I also worked with major artists in the studio as an engineer and producer. My fiancé and I recently moved to the Baltimore are to be closer to family but our music production is still full throttle. I have produced tracks in various genres including Country, Rock, Blues, R&B, Reggae just to name a few. In 2013 I worked as a co-producer and musician for the Lifetime Movie "Ring of Fire" starring Jewel. During this process I was in the studio and on the movie set in Georgia. I'm confident to execute a satisfactory product to all of my clients.
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2 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Charles Longoria
Charles is one talented guy! I sent him the vocals to my song and he ran with it, producing an awesome track for me. He nailed the sound I was looking for and I highly recommend working with him if you're looking for quality music.
Charles was fast and took direction! Definitely recommend!
Interview with Charles Longoria
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've been helping develop a band and Im proud of taking some of their songs and putting my thumb print on them.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have a few tracks Im working on for various artists I've worked with for some time.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Because analog sounds better but digital is cheaper and is getting really close to "analog" sounding.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that my clients will be happy and if they aren't I will do what I can to make them happy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The Creativity part of my job is the most fun for me.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Not really sure.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How soon do you need the project and what instrumentation would you like in the song.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't hold back. Tell me exactly what you're looking for in the song.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Strat of course, laptop, interface, amp and a microphone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this since I was 12 years old but professionally for like 11 years. I moved to Nashville and made my start as a touring musician and also did some acting and video production as well.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style as clean but dirty haha.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Chris Stapleton because he is so organic and raw with his music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be patient and allow the song to develop.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Country and pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My Strongest skill is electric guitar tracking and knowing how to create parts that work for the song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring life to the song. I can take your idea and embellish it and give it life.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically try to get a feel for what the artist wants and I take his or her acoustic or piano track with vocals and build it. Starting with drum loops or real drums and go into bass tracking then acoustic guitars and finally the Electric guitars.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a great set up with an Argosy Studio Desk with all UA Apollo Interfaces. I also use the LA-610MKII with a Neumann TLM-49 for acoustic guitar tracks. I have 13 guitars, i.e. Strat, Tele, 335, PRS, and Gibson. I like to use the line 6 Helix for some guitar tones but also use a Marshall BluesBreaker hand wired from the 90's or a fender clean amp.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Christ Stapleton is one of my favorite artists these days. But I can get into all kinds of genres. I grew up listening to Blues and Rock so I will always have that in my soul.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I can track multiple Electric Guitar and Acoustic Guitar parts for a song. I would say I have a good ear to know different genres and help create guitar parts that fit the song. I also do mixing and mastering. I tend to have a clean sound on my mixes but I can give it the grit or softness if required.