Need electric bass or electronic music production? In addition to being a solid bass player, I ran a project studio for six years, and have released Americana, Blues, Folk, Jazz CDs. My other passion is electro-experimental music.
I recently relocated to the Philly area and am opening this profile to seek paid work and to network in my new home base.
Things I bring to the table:
- No drugs, non-smoking
- Prompt, and focused attention to detail
- 25 years of bass playing experience in a variety of genres (Blues, Rock, Americana, Jazz, Folk, Electronic)
- Proficient in multiple DAWs, including Reason, Ableton, Studio One.
- MIDI sequencing experience
- Live performance experience (bass, guitar/voc, and as an electronic artist)
- Multi-instrumentalist with an ear for good melodies
- Willing to serve the song in any way I can (not about number of notes or egos)
Note: All Music is not 100% up to date yet, and I have MP3s on the way, but for now I have a demo reel here:
Send me a note through the contact button above.
- Paul Loomis "World Famous in Bloomsburg" (2014) Folk
- Mike Hickey "55 & Sunny" (2016) Blues/Jazz
- Becky Blue (2 song demo) (2016) Rock
- Mandala (1999)
- Cadillacs & Tarantulas (2002)
- Bloomsburg to Bangladesh (2004)
- Immaculate Misconceptions (2006)
- Catch the Squirrel (2007)
- Chaos Rise Up (2010)
- Dog Assassin: The Musical
- Fricknadorable "Tell-tale Heart" single (2017)
- Tales From Imperial Towers: Live from Nick's Garage
- Ed Zuber Project (demos)
- Fricknadorable “Haunted 2016” (2016) Ambient Halloween soundtrack
- Fricknadorable “Wolves & Women” single (2015) Americana
9 ReviewsEndorse Jeremy dePrisco
Working with Jeremy on an all day (11 hours) virtual concert and witnessing the extensive training he implemented with the participating artists was simply remarkable! I can’t wait to work with him again. Thorough, thoughtful, brilliant.
I knew from our interactions at electro-music festivals that JP was something of a tech wizard. With that in mind, when I needed help with using Ableton I hired him for a few hours of tech advice. Boy, am I glad I did. He is a rare mind with both tech skills and the teaching skills to give the you what you need to move forward: teaching how to fish vs. giving a fish, as it were. He's also a damn fine musician/sound artist!
I recorded my 3rd album, World Famous in Bloomsburg, with Jeremy in 2014. It wasn't planned this way, but it was a huge project, with 22 songs with 11 musicians in varying configurations recorded over about 6 months. Jeremy did all the things to make the songs sound like I wanted, and was a true creative collaborator in the studio, playing bass, singing, and making other noises when appropriate. His studio demeanor is relaxed, patient, yet efficient at the same time. I'd record with him again without hesitation.
Susquehanna Sunset was the name of our band, there were 5 members including Jeremy (bass) that met in his studio once a week. Jeremy’s studio was very professional and his knowledge of mixing tracks was impeccable. He would also share other projects he was working on that was very impressive. Jeremy is very talented and keeps expanding his craft, I wish him success in all he does, and I thank you for working with me, I have grown with the knowledge that you instilled in me the short time we spent on our project .
Jeremy's work exudes professionalism. We worked together as bandmates in several different projects, and he was also the engineer on several demos and an album on which I tracked drums and percussion. I was always impressed by his organization, multifaceted skill set, and collaborative spirit. In addition to his work as a sideman and engineer, I can also wholeheartedly endorse his original work, which is wide-ranging. He is equally adept at experimental electronic soundscapes and the twelve bar blues, and his sincerity for all music is a rare quality.
I worked with Jeremy two years ago. He provided the studio and recording for a demo of our band.
Drums, two guitars, bass and four vocals in the mix and it came out better than I could have hoped. Since then, we've used that demo on our website, Facebook and on CD to any venues that wanted it.
Jeremy takes the time to understand the artist's needs and wants. He succeeded in capturing our "sound". I felt when I listened, Jeremy was able to bring out what we wanted audiences to hear.
I highly recommend Jeremy for virtually any music project!
I first met Jeremy dePrisco when he was only nineteen years old. I was amazed that someone so young had a level of musical maturity that many middle-aged musicians I have known did not have. I have known Jeremy since the early 1990s. Our collaboration included co-writing songs, recording, playing in live performances, and more.
Jeremy has a lot of talent. I look forward to future collaborations both as a songwriting team and studio recording.
I've worked with Jeremy for years, in his capacity as a recording engineer and as a musician. As an engineer, Jeremy brings into the studio not only prodigious technical knowledge and skill, but also a musician's appreciation for the problems and nuances of performance, as well as considerable patience! As a performer, Jeremy has broad as well as eclectic musical interests and extraordinary discipline. He's a smart person who is always open to new ideas, and on top of all of that, he is easy to work with.
I have known Jeremy for years and have worked on several major projects with him; he served as composer for my musical adaptations of Iphigenia (an ancient Greek play set in the 1950s/1960s) and Peer Gynt (a 19th century play updated to the 20th century), as well as my original rock musical Dog Assassin. He also provided music and songs for my one-man monologue performance Immaculate Misconception. Always full of ideas, he is a collaborator in the truest sense of the word.
Interview with Jeremy dePrisco
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: To be honest, it sort of bothers me that this is even a question. I record digitally, but not with ProTools. I don't think the gear matters, but rather how you use it. I don't get into discussions of Mac/PC, Analog/Digital, or ProTools vs other DAWS. I have an adequate mix space where I can do basic DI tracking, composition and electronic production. To record a band, I would have to set up on location as I recently relocated and no longer have my 1200 sq ft space. Orion 32+ interface, with a variety of mics, outboard, etc.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 25+ years of experience as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer, and recordist. Open ears from the many non-US and non-mainstream music I've been exposed to over the years.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening to what could be, and serving the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Two main types right now: Americana and electro-experimental. These are two different ends of the spectrum, but each informs the other in strange ways.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's not rocket science, but gain structure is probably the thing that I see most people stumbling on, despite there being so much out there to teach folks about. Don't record in the red (digitally) ever!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Tom Waits, just for the stories you'd get to hear between takes.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Hands-off until I see a problem. Also, a problem solver.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 25+ years, first as an artist, then as a studio owner, now as more freelance.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Here we go with the gear again. Really, this can be a turn off! Let's see... desert island, so probably no power, so most stuff people would bring wouldn't work, right? Probably a Taylor GS8, a Hang drum, maybe an upright bass. It's likely I'd just look around to see what I could make from materials there too.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Look past the hype. Our industry is ingrained with a lot of hype... about gear, about techniques, about people. I read TapeOp every month, and enjoy getting the perspective they give because they usually look past the hype. I'd probably pick out a few things from back issued to show them that there are all *kinds* of ways to make records, and no one has a monopoly on how to do it. The good news about recording today is that the gear is relatively cheap and easy to find. The bad news is that the gear is cheap and easy to find. It's the experience of the person behind that gear that matters most.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: As mentioned above: Why are you doing this? How much time are you willing to put in? Also, how rehearsed are you? Or is this an improv situation where there is less structure on what we're recording. Is this a one-off, or are you building something more around this recording?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it is quick and easy, and that you can just fix it with the computer. Just because I am recording digitally, doesn't mean I am going to allow for sloppiness. It's still extremely helpful to play in time and be on pitch.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I had a customer ask me "how does the process work?", as if there was one way that it worked for every client. Sure there are basic steps, and I can walk you through those, from preproduction to mastering, to manufacturing, but I think folks should step back and see that each project can be done a variety of ways. Why box it in?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating something that is hopefully unique in some small way (which is difficult). Also, executing a vision.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We'll always make progress, even if you're having bad day. Sometimes clients, especially songwriters, get down on themselves if they can't nail something. I try to make every session productive in some way.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It's not about the gear, it's how you use it. But if you need a reason: ease of editing and portability.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Dr. Stephen Schrum. He's an excellent director and writer (among other things).
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Some of my synth pop material that was delayed due to a move. I had an intern that showed interest in fleshing out some tracks we did. I will likely be mixing a project we just recorded for an improv group. Also preparing tracks for live performance on the electronic scene.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: "55 and Sunny" is a blues/jazz record by Michael Hickey from Central PA. The mix of styles and the playing represent the type of material I like to do probably the most out of anything I've recorded. I wore all of the studio hats (engineer, mix, produce) and also played bass on some of it.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My clients seem to fall into a few different categories: Bass playing, coaching, and recordist. The latter category encompasses both engineering and producing, though the amount of each depends on the project. Sometimes folks look to me for audio consulting or DAW coaching, and I enjoy this alot. These can be one on one sessions at someone's home studio, or private lessons elsewhere. In my capacity as a studio owner, I would usually work with performing songwriters who wanted to capture their latest batch of songs. Usually, this involved live recording to get the core of the song, and some overdubs. In some cases we'd record the entire group live, which is something I enjoy. Other times, we might take more of a ground-up approach working from a beat or scratch track. I love recording in any context. As a bass player, I look to serve the song, regardless of the genre. I've played on folk, blues and Americana recordings and enjoy many other styles.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: In no particular order: Dan Lanois, Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull, Bjork, Beck, Jai Uttal, Pink Floyd, Rush, Bill Laswell, Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam, Brian Eno, The Talking Heads, David Byrne, Tom Waits. A large portion of the music I listen to is from outside the US, including Turkish, Middle Eastern, Indian and Eastern European music. I like a lot of different types of electro-experimental stuff too.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Before any recording is done, I like to know what the *purpose* of the recording is going to be. Are you making a collection of funny songs to give to your mom, or are you preparing a CD release? Obviously I am going to work as hard as I can in either case, but the mental map of how I approach projects is a bit different depending on the desired outcome. Of course I want to know about the style, but I also want to know how open you are to experimenting. Are the songs fleshed out completely? Do you need help with arranging? Do you want me to play bass too? We also have to connect on a personal level. A sense of humor helps, but we probably should also agree that there's an element of work involved that we both have to focus on, and come to the table ready to do that work. Once I agree to a project, we'll meet for coffee or lunch to talk about approach, timeline, etc. From that point, I have pretty high expectations that you will arrive at the designated place *early*, ready to set up, sober. I like working in blocks of 3-4 hrs, depending on the material. It's all about serving the song (or collection of songs), so our approach can change depending on the project. I do a lot of in-the-box stuff, but also love ambient mics, bleed and capturing the energy of a first take. I don't like to run songs into the ground, so if it's not working after a few takes, we'll move on. I'm a fan of documentary recording like the work pioneered by Alan Lomax and others of that ilk. Sometimes a simple two-mic, direct to two track approach is better than complex production.