I'm an Italian Arranger and Composer with 20 years and more of experience in arranging and producing pop, rock and funk music. I work with some of the best musician and technician in my area, I Play Bass, Keyboard, I work on DAW since 1998 and I deliver a complete arrangement.
As arranger I realize both pre-production work and professional arrngements. For professional arrangements I work with different musician (drummer, Guitar player, Bass Player).As a composer I can deliver pop/rock melodies or Great beats to work on to create songs. I'm a session bass player and I work with Cubase pro 8.5 to deliver You the best of audio quality
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Interview with Marco Marino
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 2003 I wrote arrange and play the bass on a pop song that went heavy rotation on all music TV.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on some pop/rock songs for the production of a young male singer and Guitar player.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not at the moment
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital with some analog emulation.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To be honest to music and deliver the work in time.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Every song is a different world and at the end every song becomes part of my musical world.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: To be fast. I always answer that the longer I listen the better is the arrangements.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People thinks that arrangement is the song white arrangement is only the clothes.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your first target about the song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't choose the cheapest, Choose the one that gives you what you need.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Mac, an audio interface, a bass, a midi controller keyboard, a microphone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I work on producing music for my projects and for other since 1994. I started with alesis sr16 drum and roland d20 on a 4 track cassette recorder. I work on audio workstations since 1997.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Pop/rock with some soul/funky flavour working a balance between acoustic and digital sounds.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: George Michael. i love the sound of his voice.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I always work on comping of the first instrument, this allows me to have a clear idea of what to do next.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, Funk, acoustic.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I studied guitar, bass, i can play piano, drums, and sing. I always know how the instrument should play in the arrangements.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring RESPECT! First of all the melody and the words then a Great arrangements to support them.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start listening to the melody, and eventually to words and I choose the first evocative sound to start. Then I work on chords comping and beats to fully support the melody, then I add bass and Guitars and other instruments of necessary.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Mac with Cubase pro 8.5 and TL ivory pre, Native Instruments, Spectrasonic, Steinberg, Waves and mano others. 414akg microphones, lots of basses and acoustic bass. Takamine nylon guitar, Fender Stratocaster.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Beatles, Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Celso Valli, Nile Rodgers, Nathan East, Rod Temperton.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I arrange their songs for pre-production with high quality virtual instruments, or organize a studio session with musician to deliver a definitive production. As session bass player I deliver the desired bass track reader to be mixed, As a composer I write great melodies or beats to create your melodies.