My name is Evan Ferrell and I'm a remote session guitarist and engineer currently located in Hanoi, Vietnam. I have worked with many artists and producers over the past 10 years giving me a dense palette of sounds to pull from when writing and producing guitar parts. Some of these artists include Josh Garrels, Strahan, Edward + Jane, and more.
My goal is to take the sounds that you hear for your project and make them a reality.
I love getting to know the people that I work with, which I have found time and time again helps me understand and connect with the art they are trying to create. Wether we are at the very beginning of a project or just adding some final touches, I am here to search for and find the sounds that will convey you and your inspiration behind the song.
My process adapts to how and where you want to take your work, allowing myself to follow the project where it goes, while pulling from my experience to shape the sounds we create. We will work together to establish a direction that you want your guitar elements to take, so that when it is time to hit record we are on the same page ultimately saving you time and frustration.
All tracked parts will including editing and a negotiable amount of re-tracking.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Interview with Evan Ferrell
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My ear for quality both in part and tone has been something that has helped me in my career in live and recording situations. I understand that sometimes it is difficult to explain what something needs to hit just right and I believe that my attention to detail is what sets me apart when looking for that "something".
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will always want to take some time to listen to the producer or artist to hear directly from them about what this projects aims to accomplish and what inspires it. The production, the arrangement, the instrumentation, the songwriting and the reasoning for why they want it the way they do can give me all the direction I need to get started. I will then take that inspiration and direction from the client and map out some ideas in different places in the song. I will then work through those sections getting as much out as I can. I'll edit these parts down and send them off as soon as I can. If it is a longer project with many songs, I will upload what I have completed as I go, so while I am working on the next tune, they can prepare notes for any edits or re-tracking.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My guitar options include a Fender Mustang, D'Angelico Excel DCSP, Custom Telecaster and Yamaha FG110 acoustic. I run through a myriad of effects pedals and plugins including Strymon (BigSky, Flint, Iridium), Boss (DD20, DD500, RV5, CE5) Chase Bliss Brothers, Valhalla Vintage Verb, Slate Digital Bundle and more. I will use either my WA414 or WA84 for recording acoustic. I end up tracking through my UA Apollo X4.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A producer or artist will contact me will a list of guitar parts that they know they need for the project they are working on. First and foremost, I will make sure the parts that are needed are completed quickly and to the highest quality. After that, with permission, I will sit with the song and any inspiration given by the producer or artist and see where the song takes me naturally. More times than not, these inspired tracks ending up making the final cut.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Back in 2021 I worked with a duo from New Zealand called The McQuoids. One of my greatest friends and colleagues Jonathan Class, was producing the project. They found they were needing more out the production in the area of guitars, so Jonathan sent me a list of parts needed along with the freedom to see where the song took me. I tracked 3 songs at my home studio and gave the clients the extra element of quality guitar tracks and thoughtful writing. Listen to some of these parts on my linked song!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Rob Lowman - Cello. Jonathan Class - Mixing Engineer. Josh Frigo - Producer
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will follow your vision and do what needs to be done to find where you want the project to go. If things need to be change, we will change them until you're happy!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The searching. Guitar parts can be anything you want with the vast market of pedals, amp simulations, plugins and other forms of manipulation available today. I love being challenged to find something unconventional and inspiring even if the way I find it isn't the "standard" way.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Manchester Orchestra, Dawes, The War On Drugs, Fleetwood Mac, S. Carey, The Japanese House, Theo Katzman, A Boy and His Kite, Bahamas, HalfNoise, Tony Anderson, Noah Gunderson, John Mark McMillan, Josh Garrels
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am waiting on the final master of a single I Co-Produced with independent artist Gabrielle Grubbs. The single with release sometime early 2021.