From Jazz, Soul, Funk, and Rock&Roll Solomon has a sound and melodic sense nurtured through many years of practice and hardwork. Solomon can be seen regularly performing with Xfactor's 2011 contestant, vocalist Tora Woloshin and with Ralph Peterson Jr.'s big band. In 2017, he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music
I have collaborated and done recording and session work with many artists such as Tora Woloshin on her new pop/R&B project, Queen Machali and on Going to Hogwarts debut album(GTH) and Superfriend on their song called ('Burgundy') available on Apple Music and Spotify. I composed the lyrics and the music to the songs, (Gallipolli), and (What Part of Me) on Going to Hogwart's Album(GTH). I have also played as a member of the Reggae band on Miss Cactus and the Desert's new album ('Oasis') and recently last year have recorded on Ralph Peterson's GenNext Big Band most recent album set to be released by the music label, Onyx Productions. Able to arrange and write for any genre(jazz,pop,R&B,Rock,Folk...) and accommodate for any instrumentation/style preferences. I have a mic setup and professional recording software setup at home that is portable so I can record from anywhere.
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Interview with Solomon Alber
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is an Presonus Audiobox two Interface, Logic Pro X, a Yeti Studio Microphone and a knowledge of professional mixing styles to get the best sound I can with these tools. It is a modest setup but, I have recorded demos and songs of my own using these tools and have a achieved very nice results.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process is one where I try to involve the client as much as possible. I ask for feedback and critique from the client to make sure that what I am doing aligns with the best product that the client is looking for.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record melodies/harmonies on different woodwind instruments including the saxophone, flute, clarinet. I write catchy melodies and unique lyrics to songs as well as work with clients on rhythm and feel of the song to most closely bring out the sound that the client is looking for.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Alan Parsons inspires me because of his innovative production techniques that he explored recording for Pink Floyd and the Alan Parsons Project. The Beatles inspire me not only with their masterful songwriting and instrumental playing/singing but there inspirational recording techniques. It's crazy to think that they were the first band to use direct input recording and now this is a common and encouraged technique that most studios use today.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring catchy lyrics, carefully crafted melodies, soulful horn solos and instrumental work. I bring my experience playing and composing in bands that span the genre spectrum.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is understanding what the client wants and refining what I create to compliment and align with the client's goal product that they will be happy with.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on all types of music from jazz to 80's R&B, to Garage Rock. I enjoy working on all genres and treasure learning about new genres that I have never worked on before.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always keep the finished product in mind even when working on small details because the big picture sound of the project will help you stay on track and measure your progress.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Steve Albini because he has developed an original and unique sound that is uniquely him working with some of the greatest bands including Nirvana, the Pixies, the Breeders and has employed creative recording techniques to capture the amazing sound that each of these bands had.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style would be one of class and professionalism, yet constantly exploring and experimenting to find something new and unique.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path started when I was in High School playing regular gigs at Jazz clubs in San Francisco. Since then, I have graduated, moved to and started studying at the Berklee College of Music on a full four year tuition scholarship, and continue to play/write original music with bands around the Boston area.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: They would be my saxophone, a notebook full of staff paper, a pencil, a Macbook with Pro Tools and Logic Pro X installed and my Yeti Microphone.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My advice would be to ask as many questions as possible during my work process and tell me as much as possible about your vision so that I may better understand how I can help get you there.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask them about their time frame because I want to make sure that I can do my best work/performance for them and I ask them about their vision for the music because it is important to me to understand the unique qualities and subtlety of every project.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about what I do is that it was easy for me to get to where I am today.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Questions customers most commonly ask me is what is my experience and what right do I have to contribute to their project? My answer is that music has been a part of my life for a very long time and I've discovered many things about my self through music such as the importance of loyalty, diligence and work ethic.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like constantly discovering new sounds that I've never heard before.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that I will always put %100 effort and as much time as it takes to create something that aligns with your vision.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog because while technology can make things a lot easier if something that is analog breaks then, it is much easier to fix it.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, I have worked with Tora Woloshin and can say that she is a talented vocalist and songwriter who is capable of creating great music.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I am working on producing and writing several songs with a Indie/Electronic band, Going To Hogwarts, composing original music and playing consistently in venues around Boston.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am especially proud of the album that I played on during 2014-2015 with the California Jazzschool Studio Band. We played a European Tour performing at some of the world's leading jazz venues and festivals in support of the album.