UK based violinist with classical qualifications but a vast experience of playing in the folk/acoustic/pop industry.
Hi there, my name is Ross Grant. I am a professional violinist, composer and arranger with a good number of years experience.
My passion is playing violin and I love collaborating with other musicians. I love using my skills within playing and writing to help other musicians succeed.
I can record any track dry or fully mixed, whether that is solo violin or strings arrangement using software instruments. I can provide strings for any genre and pride myself on being very easy and professional to work with.
I have worked with some of the biggest names in the UK folk and pop scene and have played in a number of different classical orchestras.
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Interview with Ross Grant
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Forge, an album by Inlay. I co-wrote, mixed, mastered and performed on the album. It included mandolin, fiddle and vocals. It gained national acclaim with 5* reviews.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A brand new album and live show with my band Inlay.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Ethan Cronin
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A nice mix of the two. They both have their advantages and faults.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver the very highest and most professional service I can.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the diversity in jobs you receive.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you improvise, and yes it's one of my favourite elements of performing and recording.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I need sheet music to perform music on a violin.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want strings to add to the track you've recorded. What role do you want them to have?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Keep the brief concise and give me the feeling and emotion you want the strings to bring to the piece.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Violin, guitar, manuscript, pocket recorder and rosin
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Always wanted to be a violinist professionally. I've been working as a professional for over ten years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Traditional folk, blues player with a modern edge.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Caomhin O Raghallagh, he is an inspiration and genius when it comes to inventive fiddle playing.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Panning strings is really important and using your mics carefully to capture the energy of the player.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All genres but specialise in pop/folk/acoustic/jazz and rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Huge diversity in styles when it comes to string playing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 25 years of playing string instruments, over ten years as a professional. I have an experienced ear for hearing what strings can bring to tracks and make subtle but crucial decisions in arrangements.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Improvisation or reading from sheet music, I'm flexible and happy to work in different situations.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Focusrite Scarlett interface, skyinbow violin pickup, selection of room mics.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Lau, The Gloaming, Stuart Duncan
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Violin solos/ string arrangements