Rock guitarist & Producer
Besides my musical background, I have degrees in both sound post production and filmmaking so yes, I have a pretty good big picture of how things are supposed to sound. This couple of last years I´ve been working side by side with other artists as a producer, giving my -mostly rocker- input in their projects.
I´m an always on the move musician. Guitar player by nature and multi instrumentalist by chance. Even when I compose, arrange, record and produce my own music, I´m a team player and really love sharing music with other people. I´m always looking forward to join forces with good creative people, musicians or not and create something beautiful.
I´m proud member of the international heavy metal act ZiX currently presenting our debut album produced by the 7 times Grammy Award winer, Mr. Steve Thompson.
I´ve study a lot and keep doing it on daily basis.
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Interview with Juan Carrizo
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: ZiX´s debut album, as a guitar player and coordinator for the whole process (not yet released but soon)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An EP of music for children that their parents won´t hate. Developing "dada" my solo improv-visual show. A big orchestral never-ending project.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To get to work with other artists and their visions of the world
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Being a guitar player is NOT just shredding around -even when that´s quite enjoyable-
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is it that you are trying to communicate with this piece?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Get and artistic and personal connection. The technical stuff is out there. A shared passion is what you need.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Guitar player since 1999, professionally from 2005 to date. Studying different genres and instruments since then. Audiovisuals (films and TV) in 2006, sound poster degree (2014). Collaborating with other artists (musician or not) since forever.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: There is ALWAYS a lead (lyric or no) that´s the one carrying the song. Whenever in doubt, listen to that and just follow. Inspiration will come sooner or later
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I´m inbetween two worlds right now. Classic Heavy Metal in one hand and pop/rock/folk in the other.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Commitment to music as a language and the uniqueness of arts.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Mostly rock and very often space. I´m a big fan of open thirds and long intervals
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Regarding music arrangement I would listen to the song once and probably record something right away. Jamming along. Save that. Then start listening to the song and -if any- the references to get the mood and back to recording again.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Right now I´m moving a lot so I´m working mostly with my Gibson Les Paul, an Apogee duet, a Radial DI box and headphones. Whenever I need more i use a friends studio (I´m in Mexico City right now and happen to have a good colleague here :) )
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Somebody have an idea for a song but lacks the skills to complete it musically. OR an artist have a full piece and needs guitars (electric or not or actually not a guitar at all but something with strings like a banjo or a mandolin) OR