Resent SAE Institute graduate with twelve years guitar, and bass experience.
I am 26 living in Nashville, Tennessee. I have played both guitar, and bass for producer, Allan Shacklock multiple times. I've also been featured on sample packs with Native Instrument. I still regularly work along Native, and Sound.com on sample packs, and also TA an entry level studio production class along side Scotty Rollins at SAE Institute. I have both Logic Pro X, and Pro-Tools, and can work from home, or in studio.
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Interview with Nicholas Rudder
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually people send me a bounce stereo .wave file. I upload it to my DAW, and start practicing until we hit the studio, and lay it down. If they are just needing tracks from home I will generally lay down many takes, make my own edit, and leave all the takes in the session so the engineer can reedit if they liked something better. If I'm mixing then I will just take the session, and mix to the artist, or producers specifications.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Paul McCartney, Alex Lifeson, Andrew Scheps, Lindsey Stirling, Ryan Farrish
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a UAD Arrow interface, MacBook Pro, Blue: Lola Headphones, Blue: Bluebird Microphone, PRS Studio, Schector Hellraiser, Ovation Acoustic, Epephone Thunderbird, Egnater Tweeker 40 Wat Amp Pedal Board: Earthquaker Devices Avalanche Run, and Dispatch Master, Ibenez Tunescreamer, Crybaby Wah, Wampler Plexi Drive, Tuner, and DI box
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring complexity to a song. I enjoy using chords with depth, and using modes in my lead parts that at times compliment the bass and rhythm or harmonize to it.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My attitude I was raised in the service industry. I bring a bright and fun attitude no matter how difficult it could get.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Instrumentals, Hip Hop, Pop, and Metal
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Command S, File Management. These say more about you then you'll ever know.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lindsey Stirling, She has done a wonderful job as an instrumental artist, and I absolutely respect the work that she does. I would love to be able to play along side her on guitar, and just see what comes of it.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Smooth I love making music that compels the listener to tap into their emotions. I find that is why I gravitate toward instrumental music.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: For three years now I have been working as a session player. I started out by getting calls from Dog Fox Studio then went to SAE and found a lot more work there. I have been Mixing since I was young, but didn't start taking it serious until I moved to Nashville, and learned under other people which led me to go back to college.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic Guitar (Taylor Unpolished preferably) Kongos Hammer Dulcimer Upright Piano (that's slightly stuck in the sand) and a Cello
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Get to know them a little. See if the shoe fits my friend.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How can I help? What artists inspire you're sound? Do you have a deadline? Do you have other music out already? If so Where
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I feel that a lot of people would probably look down on the amount of time that I've been actually working in this industry. Though that may be true, I have been taught how to manage my time, and work flow to insure a quality service just like any other.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make it sound like (Enter artists here)? I always say that I can incorporate some of the same concepts wile still providing something unique to you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I think that it's so cool that no job is ever the same. Always something different every time. Keeps me on my toes.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that if I don't feel I'm the right fit to help you then I won't take it. That would only waist your time, and mine.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog all the way. I was raised on older music so wile the digital age was blossoming I was learning about analog gear, and how classic rock albums were made.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Sadly no.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have been putting out singles I've been working on, and also getting ready for another sample pack to come out.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just recently started putting out music I have been working on for the past few years. I plan to use this band, Bring Back Atlas, as a place for me to write, mix, master, and create freely with no big worries about trying to make it a full time gig. I am happy to say that I created everything myself from the songs themselves, artwork, promotions, mixing ect. Takes a wile, but it really gives me a nice look into all kinds of sides of the music, and entertainment industry.