What are you working on at the moment?
I am getting ready to master my 4th rock album Comfort Zone. Some of the songs are on my SoundCloud page at http;//www.soundcloud.com/bruce-chamoff
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I am new here, so I do not know anyone yet, but as I make friends and get to know people here, I will certainly change this answer when the time is right.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital all the way! I just love the ideas of recording music digitally. It is easier and there are many more possibilities that analog.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How long have you been playing playing piano? Over 40 years.
Have you recorded any of your own albums? Yes, 3 rock albums and 1 jazz album
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Always know how to communicate and never assume that a studio musician can read your mind. You know what you want, but another musician most likely will not, so make sure to articulate with examples what you envision the studio musician playing. Never say "come up with your best stuff" since another person's vision of the best may not be the same as yours. Give samples!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1. my keyboard 2. alto sax 3. amplifier 4. my tenor sax and 5. my microphone.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been playing music for over 40 years and have never done it full time as I am a business owner, but I love playing and recording every chance I get. I am getting set to release my 4th album and it is in the mastering phase now.
How would you describe your style?
I play hard rock piano as well as ballads. I love all types of piano playing and can contribute to any rock, R&B, pop, or metal song.
Can you share one music production tip?
When recording and producing your music, get as many people to comment on the sound quality. Whether they are listening in their car, iPhone earpiece, computer speakers, car stereo, get as many opinions as possible. Assemble a listening party and if anyone tells you that your vocals or drum tracks are too loud, how many thousands of people will hear same thing?
What type of music do you usually work on?
I love playing and recording rock music both on piano and vocals, but have a complete smooth jazz album.
What's your strongest skill?
Playing by ear and learning the key of any song in a matter of seconds.
What do you bring to a song?
I play originally and do not like to copy other styles, unless it is requested.
What's your typical work process?
I play by ear very quickly and can learn any tune on the piano within minutes, so when I get hired to play piano or keyboards, I always work with the songwriter or producer to play what they envision or just go wild if I am asked to. If they want a piano ballad, I record it. If the producer wants some hard rock sixteenth notes like you hear in Rock and Roll from Led Zeppelin, I can play it. I record raw piano and if asked to add effects such as reverb, delay, compression, I do.
For backing vocals, I usually add a higher or lower harmony and have also recorded two-part harmonies as well.
For recording, I send a WAV file of my work.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio setup is Protools and Magix. I mainly record and mix in Magix Samplitude Music Studio which is similar in control to Pro Tools.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
My main influence early on was Elton John. As some piano players say Billy Joel is an influence, Elton John has been my main influence for both songwriting and piano playing, but I also have been influenced by some hard rock music as well.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I have been a studio musician for 35 years playing piano and keyboards mostly and some saxophone work. I also sing lead vocals, but can be hired as a backing vocalist.