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 Anna Fiori in México and 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: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just finished recording guitars for "In Ohtli Tonalli" -Symphonic Metal- Now I´m making audio post pro and music for a couple of short films and preparing live concerts for "dada" my solo improv-visual show.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An acoustic guitar, an iPod classic, a solar panel, a small XY mic recorder and a hamaca :p
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 post pro degree (2014). Mis and recording with Alan Parsons. Improvisation with Gary Burton. Collaborating with other artists (musician or not) since forever.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: There is ALWAYS a lead (lyric or no) that´s the one carrying the song -they might change over time-. Whenever in doubt, listen to that and just follow. Inspiration will come sooner or later
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Guthrie Govan, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Steven Wilson -as producer-, Wes Anderson.
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 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: How would you describe your style?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I´m inbetween two worlds right now. Symphonic 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 spread triads and long intervals.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Regarding music arrangement I would listen to the song and record a jam along to catch that first impression. 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 and Takamine acoustic, a KMI Kmix interface, a Radial DI box and headphones. Whenever I need more I have a couple of great studios with tons of amps and guitars for me to enjoy :)
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).