Best known as a ripping blues piano player. Stevie J will give your song the grunt it needs. A great array of instruments means you get authentic sounds and rare playing ability to add that awesome bluesy touch you've been longing for. My session playing features on hundreds of songs used by thousands of artists.
Toured internationally in a variety of bands and acts for 20 years. Along the way I wrote over 150 songs that I am releasing in all the usual places. I have all the gear, sounds and ability to easily fill in as a live piano/ keys player - with the ability to be 2nd or 3rd guitar player - and with BVs - with touring bands or as a session player on your next studio release or demo. Very comfortable in the big studios or on any size stage. Super easy to work with and ready to go anywhere. Lets do this!
Greatest life lesson: 1% of something is better than 100% of nothing!
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Interview with Stevie J Mayer
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Some years ago I was asked by a Dad to brush up two of his Daughters songs into a more professional production. When he heard them he cried.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own songs at present.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new here. try me in a few months.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. There's nothing like the experience of a whirling Hammond B3 with mad rotors cranking around the back of your head. But there's nothing like the convenience of the digital version either. All good by me.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You love what I do, or you don't pay.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music is food for the soul. To get paid to do it is a privilege I will never take for granted.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is that you playing/singing that? Usually... yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Just because I'm a pro muso, doesn't mean I'm a juke box you can switch on and off at will. Do accountants go to parties and do your tax return for free? Playing music really well takes a lot of effort, both physical and emotional effort. Non-muso's rarely appreciate that.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your timeframe? What style are you trying to capture? If you could choose anyone in the world to do this, who would you choose?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take your time. There's a lot of awesome talent here. Just be sure that what you listen to, is the actual person you are hiring.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic guitar (with nylon strings so they don't rust!). Bongo drums, ukulele, blues harp and a kazoo!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started playing 30 years ago. Turned pro 5 years later. As soon as I started earning money from music, I was hooked for life. What could possibly be better?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Bluesy, groove-based, soulful. Love what Eric Clapton has done over the years.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Paul McCartney. He is the godfather of music... and he won't be with us much longer. If anyone can introduce me, I'll be eternally grateful!!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Seek out a great producer! That's a legitimate craft all on it's own. Many muso's "think" they are good producers, but only 1% would make the cut IMHO.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Ballads, rock, pop, blues and the odd jingle or soundtrack.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Most would say my piano playing. Seems to stop people in their tracks, above everything else.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Ideas, chops, 20+ years of blood sweat and tears. All yours... ;)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen, listen, listen. If I can add something, I know it straight away and will get to work. If I can't hear it immediately, I'll let you know. Best we sort these things out fast ;)
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Very basic, but functional. All the goods to get the job done.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Where to start? Too many. Anyone who knows their stuff and plays/ sings/ writes from the heart. If I had to pick just one artist it would have to be The Beatles.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production. I've created over 1000 songs for performers and still collect royalties from them.