Hi, I'm Joe Salcedo, a 23 year old session musician, MIDI Arranger, film scorer, and an aspiring sound engineer based in Manila, Philippines. I have perfect pitch, and that's the pitch!
I'm Joe Salcedo, a 23 year old session musician, MIDI Arranger, film scorer, and an aspiring sound engineer based in Manila, Philippines.
I am a self-taught musician, and my ears have been trained since I was little. I learned how to transcribe songs by ear, and eventually I developed perfect pitch. During my college years, I have worked with artists from the Metro as a session guitarist or bassist, both in-studio and live, and I also got introduced to film scoring, sound designing and sound engineering. After I graduated college, I joined a karaoke company which transcribes Japanese songs and convert them into MIDI format. I got to transcribe a lot of Jpop, Jrock songs, and sequenced and arranged them according to Japanese standards.
I have been continuously playing for other artists, live or in-studio, producing, arranging, and sound engineering. I also do musical scoring for thesis films, short films, and advertisements. Last but not the least, I am very proficient in the MIDI language.
I hope to work with you soon. Professionalism and bliss is guaranteed!
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Interview with Joe Salcedo
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I always wanted to be a musician/producer ever since I heard "Get Back" by The Beatles. Although I earned a degree in Marketing, I focused a lot practicing my chops, listened to a lot of songs over and over again so I can "internalize" the work, and I learned a lot from my friends in the music scene. I have been doing all my musical efforts since 2006 or 2007.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I like them both. Analog because in a way, it's tangible and analog equipment teaches you the foundation. Digital because it is more efficient, and it is smart.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The flexible hours.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That there's no future in this industry. I say that it trains the brain to be more creative, to be resourceful, and to be more natural.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, a basic Focusrite interface, SM7B, a Fender Strat, and a clean tube amp.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm a flexible person. I adjust accordingly to the client's needs, but at the same time I also suggest what might and what might not work in a project.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work/play for PREP one day.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Serve the song, not your ego.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly Funk or Soul, and also Indie Rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Guitar and Bass. It's my main squeeze, my bread and butter. Been playing guitar/bass for 13 years now.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually, I ask the client/s their vision, pegs, the result that they want, and then we (me and the client) work around the vision. Collaboration is very important.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Me and my friend have a studio, and we have a pair of M-Audio BX5As, a Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP, An AKG P220 condenser mic, and 2 pairs of Sony MDRs. We use Ableton Live 10.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm heavily inspired by Death Cab for Cutie's material atm, and also PREP's production. Also a big fan of Kevin Parker.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Pre-production (arrangement), recording, and post-production (mixing).