Hello, My name is Bruce. I have been a musician since the age of 6. I have written over 150 songs and have recorded for over 75 musicians worldwide. I focus on playing piano/keyboards, but also sing backing vocals saxophone, and rhythm guitar. I love writing and recording new music and coming up with a new sound with every song I record.
Songwriter & multi-instrumentalist of rock, pop, metal. I play keys, piano, guitar/bass, sax. Also looking to collaborate with other artists on SoundCloud!
One of the most fascinating projects as of today is re-recording old songs that I wrote as a kid in the 80s. When I recorded these songs to just a cassette and played nothing but the piano on them, I envisioned them as full hard rocks songs. I actually recorded 11 "cassette albums" as a kid and teenager. Now, I work with musicians from all over the world to bring these songs to life as actual rock songs, the way they should have been back in the 80s, but I am grateful for the musicians who I work with on a regular basis. Between these and the new songs I produced, I now have 5 rock albums on Spotify.
I also promote musicians to my podcaster community on my podcast network.
If you need help writing music, keyboards, piano, rhythm guitar or more, please let me know.
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Interview with Bruce Chamoff
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am perfecting my podcast network where we market over 600 podcasts. As a web developer, I am always striving to improve the website to make others successful.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Besides the 7 new singles I released this year on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/artist/4lZgvTWEAkTnPQbtvNUctm?si=a00d062c4ac9401d, I am now re-recording old songs that I wrote when I was a kid and am giving them a new modern sound. I am releasing one new one every 30 days on Spotify.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital all the way! I just love the ideas of recording music digitally. Also, I have recorded with musicians all over the world just by exchanging WAV files over the internet. It still blows my mind to this day what is possible with digital distribution.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If you hire me to play on your music, I will deliver what you envision or redo it until you are satisfied with the result.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the satisfaction of completing a project and watching my client enjoy the end result.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long have you been playing playing piano? Over 40 years. Have you recorded any of your own albums? Yes, 5 rock albums and 1 jazz album
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Because I play jazz, I am not good at rock music and vice versa. I am good at writing and playing both.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. Do you have an example of what you want my instrument or playing to sound like? 2. Would you like me to improvise my part or do you have a melody in mind? 3. Would you like my music dry (without effects) or wet (reverb, compression, etc.)?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. my keyboard 2. alto sax 3. amplifier 4. one electric guitar and 5. my microphone.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: 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. I have been told that my music is like Bryan Adams, Christopher Cross, and Billy Joel, but also the commercial rock groups of the 80s like Journey, Loverboy, Kiss, Bon Jovi and similar artists.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Elton John, Bryan Adams, and Billy Joel.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: 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.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: 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!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 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.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: 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?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I love playing and recording rock music both on piano and vocals, but have a complete smooth jazz album.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Playing by ear and learning the key of any song in a matter of seconds.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I play originally and do not like to copy other styles, unless it is requested.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: 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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: 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.