I'm a classically trained violinist with 24 years of performing experience. I've taught violin lessons since 2012. During the past 7 years, I've toured and recorded with the electro retro pop band I'MAGENE and folk acoustic band Continuum.
Very well versed in all genres, including classical, folk, pop, country, indie, 80s, and hip hop. Can improvise original part(s) and/or play written sheet music.
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Interview with Jessica Heit
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now, I am working on a solo project in the studio and performing with various artists around town.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes! For production/guitar talk to Mike Puwal. For songwriting go to Arlis Albritton.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That every fiddle player loves to play Devil Went Down to Georgia.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I fell in love with the violin when I started playing it at eight years old and haven't stopped. I launched my own business performing violin at weddings and teaching violin in the Florida Panhandle, formed a band that toured all over the country, and now I'm in Nashville recording with a wide range of artists.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love The Civil Wars, James Vincent McMorrow, and Bon Iver. just to name a few favorites. If The Civil Wars were still together, they are definitely my first choice just because of how much their music impacted me as a musician.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work with singer/songwriter, country, folk, or pop artists. I am very versatile. I grew up learning how to play violin classically, but also loved to play bluegrass/Celtic music, and then performed in a electro-soul/pop band.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am very passionate about what I do, and I think that comes across in my work.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically once the song is almost finished, a client will send over a track that they need a violin part on. I will come up with a melody line or solo, record it, and send it back to them. Or if they have a particular violin part in mind, I will learn it, record it, and send it back.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I grew up in a family of very talented musicians who are all very inspiring to me. They play music and perform professionally and I have always looked up to them throughout the years.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work that I do is coming up with different violin parts that will enhance the song a client is trying to create. I listen to what feeling or emotion they are trying to convey and replicate that through a violin part.