I'm an expert in vintage approaches of rock/pop (1960's and 1970's - hard/prog/psychedelic/fusion/jazz).
20 years of experience in music;12 official albums released (as session musician, including my own works with bands and solo). Member of two progressive rock bands - Caravela Escarlate and Arcpelago - and the hard/blues-rock band Blue Rumble. Some of my works were reviewed in specialized websites and magazines, such as PROG Magazine (UK), Empire Magazine (Germany), Progressive Music Planet (US), Poeira Zine (Brazil), among others. Arranger, composer, vocalist, and lyricist.
Please visit my website for further info and portfolio: www.ronaldorodrigues.com.br
I can contribute with the arrangements to your song mainly if you desire a vintage-oriented sound. I can include a killer keyboard solo or sideral sound landscapes, using a large variety of organic tones.
FOR EDM/HIP-HOP producers and related: I am not really familiar with these styles and their minimalistic approach to keyboards. However, feel free to request me if you want to apply my usual approach to it.
Main influences: Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Thijs Van Leer (Focus), Dave Stewart (Hatfield and the North), Dave Sinclair (Caravan), Tony Banks, Jon Lord, Jan Hammer, Patrick Moraz, Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep), Eddie Jobson, Brian Auger, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Ray Manzarek, among others.
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34 Reviews - 9 Repeat ClientsEndorse Ronaldo Rodrigues
He knows how to paint the landscape of your song and bring out the best out of you with his tasteful keyboards, superb!
Ronaldo is absolutely great - super talented, super musical and just a great guy to work with. He is a great collaborator.
Ronaldo is a very creative musician, delivering some great rhythm parts on the keyboard and a very cool lead. He strives to make sure the client has what they need and communication was very good. I look forward to working with him again.
Ronaldo is an amazing keyboardist, and will deliver what your song needs every time. I highly recommend working with him!
Working with Ronaldo was a great experience. He was very easy to work with and is a very talented musician. His tracks were the perfect compliment to my music.
Ronaldo was awesome. Super talented and a total pro.
This is my sixth or seventh time working with Ronaldo. I keep coming back to him because the guy's a superstar. He's simply the very BEST at what he does. World-class! Having him play keyboards on your track(s) is like having some of the greatest names/players from the 60s & 70s prog/rock scene play on your songs -- that's how good he is! Incredible skill, beautiful sound(s), performance, and originality! Ronaldo is beyond talented and so easy to work with. I highly recommend him. 5 ⭐️ all way!
Ronaldo did an awesome job on my project! Super fast turnaround. I gave him a pretty outside-the-norm track and he put in the perfect track for what I needed. Would highly recommend!
Second time working with Ronaldo, quick turn around high quality, and easy to work with.
Ronaldo is a high-quality musician for almost every type of job you need. His communication is also one of the things I like most about which is clear, fast, professional, and always constructive. Beautiful experience!
Wonderful musician! Fast and excellent delivery, highly recommended!
Great job, got exactly what I envisioned and he went out of his way to make sure I got it quickly despite him being in the middle of moving. Great guy, great keyboard player! Highly recommended
Ronaldo is a professional like no other! He went out of his way to make the project complete. Kind man, polite communication, incredible musician! Can't recommend enough! He did synth tracks for me which were right out of my mind in the first version itself!
It was a true pleasure working with Ronaldo. Very talented and creative, I had absolutely no problems during our collaboration, and we're both very proud of the final result. I highly recommend to everyone!
Ronaldo is amazingly responsive and full of skills player, with a deep knowledge of retro synths/organs. You can't go wrong working with him.
Ronaldo did an amazing job on the synth parts and delivered very fast!
I've worked with Ronaldo several times now because he is a world-class keyboardist with amazing skill and taste - he's simply the best! Always gets and understands what it is a songs needs. A consummate professional, brilliant to work with and a super nice guy to boot. A+
Ronaldo is highly professional and efficient. He provides such great vintage synth sounds. It was also a hassle free process; Ronaldo delivered what I was looking for. Thank you so much Ronaldo, looking forward to working more with you this upcoming year. More tracks coming up!
Fantastic experience working with Ronaldo again!
Always helpful and inspired. Thankyou for your time!
Such a satisfaction to hear the end result. Absolutely amazing!
Interview with Ronaldo Rodrigues
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My second solo album and the third album of my band Caravela Escarlate
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: References of tones and overall feel of the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock - progressive rock; psychedelic rock; hard rock; folk rock; alternative; heavy metal; prog metal; jazz rock; fusion; pop
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Recording: M-Audio M-Track 8x4. M-Audio Fast Track II. DAW Reaper. Keyboards: Tokai TX-5 (organ). Roland A-800 Pro. Behringer UMX 610. Pedals: Neo Ventilator II. Boss Octave. Boss Phaser. Full Tone Clyde Wah-Wah.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The second album of my band Caravela Escarlate. It was referred two times in PROG Magazine, including a full-page article.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best to understand clearly what my clients want and to translate their thoughts into music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Well, the most frequent question is how to reach a specific kind of vibe or feel in a song. My most common answer is always positive but demands time and effort, requiring some tests with different tones and arrangements.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: To imagine that it is possible to obtain a completely different result in a song adding only one instrument.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes. My band mate Elcio Cáfaro. He is an outstanding drummer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital sounding like analog. The best combination.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The opportunity to play and to work with high-level musicians and composers all over the world.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The customer may expect good communication; the customer may expect someone to understand his music deeply.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I will prefer to take some gadgets to listen to good music.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started at 11, playing in the Catholic Church. 25 years playing; since 2010, I have played professionally. I started as a band member and progressively I began to compose and make arrangements. Now I'm a session musician and a bandleader.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: 1970s kind of sound. Organic and warm sound.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Stevie Wonder; Herbie Hancock; Jimmy Page; Carl Palmer - because they are genius.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: To be a good musician, it is necessary to be a good music listener.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The obtaining of vintage keyboards tone and an approach similar to the greatest keyboardists of golden ages of rock/pop.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A unique approach to music, considering my background as a keyboardist, composer, arranger, records collector, and an enthusiast of vintage music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The first step is conceptual - I listen to the song many times, thinking about the melodies, chords, and tones that will fit better, considering the customers' inputs (references, ideas, etc.). After that, I make the first trials in the keyboards to understand the song's key, rhythm pattern, and overall vibe of the song. I record the first samples (one or two different takes) to show it to the customer, collecting their impressions. This step is repeated if required until the obtaining of an excellent result.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Keyboard players: Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Thijs Van Leer (Focus), Dave Stewart (Hatfield and the North), Dave Sinclair (Caravan), Jon Lord, Jan Hammer, Patrick Moraz, Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep), Eddie Jobson, Brian Auger, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Ray Manzarek, Luis Paulo Simas, Elias Mizhrai, Manito. Others musicians: Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Carl Palmer, Jon Hiseman, Lenny White, Alphonse Mouzon, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Jack Bruce, Greg Lake, Ron Carter, Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide melodies, textures, and solos for songs using my expertise related to the music from the 1960s and 1970s. I also can make creative arrangements for songs. This approach gives a vintage feel to the songs - this is my true passion and what I can do best.