I am a professional guitarist/session musician based in the UK with nearly 30 years professional experience both live and particularly in the studio. I am a specialist with Rock/Pop/Jazz styles and I can easily work with clients worldwide. Please do get in touch to discuss your musical requirements.
Alongside my regular performance and teaching work I also undertake professional recording work for clients around the world, working from my home studio in the UK.
In recent years I have completed session guitar work for clients like Music Entertainment in Austria (I played on the Austrian number one rock single ‘Victim of Love’ with Leonard Pospichal and Thomas Blug)
“..great guy, great player, great partner…..” Music Entertainment, Austria
I also played guitar and co-arranged all the songs on UK singer/songwriter Saffron Byass’s stunning debut album ‘Speak Your Truth’
..One of my favourite aspects of this album is the superb playing of guitarist Pete Sklaroff. If proof were needed, just listen to Pete’s solos in “Let It Go” and “Yes I Do”…’ – Fatea Records
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
Reviews (3)Endorse Pete Sklaroff
Pete, is a great guitar player and a pleasure to be in the company of.
Working in the studio with him is always a pleasure and his ideas are always in service to the project.
Pete played with Me in the Mid 80's, He was not long out of School, but His playing was way ahead of just about everyone I knew! - Pete later recorded with My Band 'Blues ' N' Trouble' who were produced by legendary UK Producer Mike Vernon (John Mayall / Fleetwood Mac etc.) & I remember Mike saying "I wish everyone was as good as Him!"
Pete's been recording hundreds of audio examples for my company www.fundamental-changes.com for the past four years. Everything is recorded to the highest possible standards and he gives me plenty of opportunities to check the music along the way.
Wonderful guy, fantastic player and conscientious musician.
Interview with Pete Sklaroff
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Contemporary Rock/Pop with some Jazz influence.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Not to over-process or compress. If a part works then it should work without added effects.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most often mainstream Rock and Pop material but also Jazz and Fusion. I have also recorded a lot of Blues music in the past.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Taking a 'less is more' approach to recording. I like to record with a dry guitar sound at first to get the part(s) the song needs. Everything else can be added later to taste.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: First and foremost I try to hear the message of a song whether it be the lyric, the mood or just the overall groove and feel. I base all my guitar playing on what the song suggests to me as a listener before anything else. More than anything else I want to 'play for the song' and realise the ambition and musical direction of the composer.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My workflow is generally that I receive audio stems from a client and then after consultation with them I record an initial track (or tracks) to ensure that I am realising their vision of the music. After approval of the initial recordings I then track and record the final parts for their approval supplying both a full mix and the individual guitar parts.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My home studio is equipped with Logic Pro X and high quality studio gear - both hardware and plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Probably too many to mention, but for session guitar players I have listened to and learned a very great deal from Tim Pierce, Steve Lukather, Paul Jackson Jr, Dann Huff, Larry Carlton, Brent Mason and Jay Graydon.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Generally it's adding guitar parts to existing tracks where the client either had no existing parts or needed something to really augment and build the track more. I have also contributed to general arrangements by getting involved in the writing process at an earlier stage. I have also been required to replace existing guitar tracks with alternative sounds and sonic approaches depending on the clients needs etc.