Performed and/or recorded with: Charlie Hunter, Jools Holland, The Waterboys, Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, producer James Brown (Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails), Penny and Sparrow, Rainee Blake. Pit musician for NYC's Broadway production of "Oklahoma!".
I am a guitarist and pedal steel guitarist currently living in Nashville, TN. I have toured extensively in the US and Europe and have played on numerous albums as a session musician. My goal as a musician is to always play tastefully, and listen to what the song is asking for.
My favorite part of being a musician is recording. The reason I love recording so much is that it allows you to slow down and take your time to dial everything in. The musical part, the sound, the gear, I love the feeling of getting it all perfect for the artist and the song.
My studio set up consists of a live room and a control room. My live room is 15" x 12" and I have total isolation in my control room allowing me to really dial in my sounds. I have an extensive collection of vintage and modern gear (listed in the interview section of my profile) allowing me to dial in sounds that you and/or I may be hearing in an authentic way to give your music the best sound possible.
Tone, tastefulness, and good communication are what I'm all about. Check out some of my clips, ask me any questions that you may have, and lets make some music together!
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4 ReviewsEndorse JP Ruggieri
JP Ruggieri is a special player. I've been fortunate to work with many incredibly talented musicians throughout the years, but JP is in a league of his own. His ear is different than anyone else I've played with. He never goes for the cliche lick or sound - instead he's always searching for that thing that makes a song stand out, and lifts it to another level. Not only is he a virtuoso on both guitar and pedal steel, but he's a phenomenal songwriter as well, so he's always approaching his role as a sideman with a "song-first" mentality. On top of everything else, he's the best hang around!
JP is music. He breathes soul into all he plays...and all for the sake of the song and the vibe. If it's got strings on it, JP is your man. He played telecaster and pedal steel on my most recent album and laid down just the right feel, groove and touch. A natural pro in the studio to boot. Hire this cat if you want your music to sound like music!
JP is the triple threat—incredible musician, responsible professional, and a genuinely kind guy who is a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend!
JP is one of the baddest dudes I know. Electric, steel, you name it, he kills it. Hire him!
Interview with JP Ruggieri
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: So many! Some big ones for me are, Ray Charlies, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Bill Frisell, Ry Cooder, Blake Mills, Adam Levy, Rich Hinman, Julian Lage, The Mills Brothers, Greg Leisz, T Bone Burnett, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the song and get to know it before touching my Instrument. I do this because I want to know what the song is asking for before my muscle memory kicks in and my hands take off. I get the sound in my ear and then I start chasing it. I want to bring the best possible sound to the music that I can, because that's why I play music! I chase sounds and parts until they feel totally right to me.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I always try and bring tastefulness to a song and never ego. I want to play the song and give it what it's asking for. My goal is to fill the gaps that need to be filled and never anything more.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening! I don't touch my instrument for the first few listens when I'm recording in my studio, I just listen and take notes.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't forget about recording the sound of the room!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar, singing, and writing songs at the same time. I was nine years old and was completely obsessed with Nirvana. I wanted to be like Kurt Cobain. As time went on I got more and more obsessed with guitar, writing, and music in general. That led me to Berklee College of Music where I studied for 4 years. After graduating I moved to NYC where I was an active member of the music scene for 5 years. Two years ago I moved down to Nashville, TN and I've been really loving it here.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I like to think of what I do as adding flavors to the musical bed. Usually I get a track that needs something more. If I'm playing pedal steel, I like to use it to glue all the pieces together. Guitar is such a versatile instrument that I can be adding rhythm, colors, slide guitar, solos, or sometimes all of those elements to a track. That's what I love so much about what I do, it's always different!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have complete isolation in my control room from my live room which allows me to really dial in my sound. My mic cabinet has everything I need to get great guitar sounds: AKG 414, Vanguard V-13, SM57's, SM7B, ST 44's, Neve 511 mic pre, FMR RNP mic pre, and my daw is Logic Pro. As far as gear, my list is extensive and mostly comprised of vintage equipment. Some of what I have is: Guitars: 1967 Fender Telecaster 1977 Fender Coodercaster 1967 Guild T100D 1961 Silvertone H44 1964 Silvertone H603L Acoustic Gibson 335 Waterloo Acoustic Bluesman Vintage Telecaster Amps: 1950's Filmosound Film Projector Amp 1967 Fender Deluxe Reverb 1961 Gretsch 6161 1950's Kay 703 Peavy Nashville 112
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A range of styles: singer/songwriter, americana, folk, jazz, blues, funk, soul, rock, country, bluegrass
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to be in a Bon Iver session and be a part of their work process. I'm fascinated by the production on their albums.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you'll be satisfied, and I really mean that. I'm not going to settle for a subpar track, it's just not in my nature. I'm going to work as hard as I can to make your music come to life the way that you want it to.