Hi, are you looking for some Medieval / Renaissance lute to embellish your video game / movie soundtrack or simply create a specific atmosphere, or a guitar line to accompany your song, or? I would be thrilled to be working with you, so don’t wait any longer and contact me immediately.
I’m a singer / songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist based in Pilsen, Czech Republic. I’ve been performing live and teaching the guitar for years, and I’m the leader of Czech ensemble Elthin, specialized in music from the Middle-Ages and Renaissance. I’ve been actively focusing on recording for different kinds of projects these past years, and I’m particularly good in improvising an accompaniment based on chords. Regarding lute recordings, please keep in mind that some scales might work better than others, I’m happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the playability of lute sections.
Also, feel free to check out my work on my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/JanPouska) and my Spotify (https://spoti.fi/34n5eNe), you’ll get a clear idea of what I can bring to your piece.
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Interview with Jan Pouska
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to the work of artists you are interested in. Then you better decide if it's your cup of tea.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Which scales are suitable and playable on the lute for you? My answer: It depends on the song. For medieval lute - D minor (possibly major), G minor For renaissance lute - D minor, F major, G minor (possibly also C major, G major) For gittern - G minor (possibly major)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm very proud of the last two albums of medieval band Elthin where I'm the leader. Rex Histrionum (2017) and Medieval Christmas Songs I. (2019)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on another album of original songs, as well as several different projects including video game soundtracks.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Roxane Genot - a professional cellist
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll do my best :-)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creativity
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My work is usually focused on folk & country music, video game / TV / movie soundtracks, medieval repertoire and any kind of traditional songs.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am able to harmonize over a simple melody and improvise any kind of accompaniment based on chords.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can provide that pinch of authenticity that only ancient instruments like the medieval or the renaissance lute can bring to a soundtrack.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Audio Interface: Steinberg UR44 DAW: Cakewalk, SONAR Microphones: AKG C214, RODE NT-1A, Behringer C2 (stereoset)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Medieval ensembles such as Micrologus, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Alla Francesca. Other musicians and bands: John Denver, Johnny Cash, Mark Knopfler, Ian Anderson, Blackmore's Night, Nightwish, Within Temptation etc.