One of most sought-after session keyboardist in Brazil 4X Latin Grammy Winner 5X Latin Grammy Nominated Credits: Seu Jorge, Elza Soares, Kassin, Vanessa da Matta, Kevin Johansen, Tiago Iorc, Paulinho Moska and many others.
Hi! I'm a session pianist and keyboardist from Rio de Janeiro.
I have a top notch studio with some gems like Fender Rhodes Mark II Suitcase, Wurlitzer 206, Hammond M3, Hohner Clavinet D6, Minimoog Model D 1973 (with midi!), Roland Juno-60, Roland Paraphonic RS505, Dave Smith Prophet Rev2, Roland SH-201, Yamaha DX-7, UREI1176 Compressor, Chandler and API preamps, Orban Spring Reverb, Vocoders, Talkbox and all that you need to get the best sound in your track.
I'm able to play, R&B, Pop, Rap, Reggae, Folk, Rock, EDM, and of course, Brazilian Music.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Rodrigo Tavares
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I´m very grateful to have participated in so many special projects but I have a special affection for the albums with Seu Jorge, not only by Grammys but why it were wonderful tours traveling the world.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I´m on tour with brazilian artist Seu Jorge, I´m one of musical producers of tv show The Four Brasil and trying to reconcile with my recording schedule.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: My dear friends Dunga and Bruno Migliari, great bassists. And Bernardo Bosisio a top notch guitarrist.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Nothing replace analog or real instruments, the interaction between the musician and the real instrument is unbeatable. When it comes to making music it inspires and makes a lot of difference.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will do my best, always.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Turn sensations and feelings in Music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Computer, Dave Smith Prophet Rev2, UREI 1176, Apollo 8x and a Sennheiser MD 441 to vocode on "The music of Islands" my upcoming album :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 25 years
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: The best Swiss Army Knife in town ;)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Danger Mouse, my favorite producer
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Let´s hear what the artist have to say? :)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, RnB, Soul, Rock, Folk, Reggae and Brazilian Music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Know that each style has a proper language.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Music have to convey feelings! That is the best part of my work.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always listen a track trying to imagine the better for the music but respecting the artist´s vision of his work, I have a habit to write my first impression in marker´s session, then I write a harmony´s sheet and start to find the magic.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: A Mac computer with an Universal Audio Apollo x8, Chandler and API Preamps, Urei 1176 (vintage) compressor, Dbx 160, Orban Spring Reverb and my collection of rare and precious gems:Fender Rhodes Mark II Suitcase, Wurltizer 206, Hammond M3, Hohner Clavinet D6, MiniMoog Model D (1973), Roland Juno 60,Roland Paraphonic 505, Farfisa Synthorchestra and a ton of guitar pedals and plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Out of Brazil, Herbie Hancock, Danger Mouse, Beck, Esbjorn Svensson, Benmont Tench, Quincy Jones, Mark Ronson, James Blake and many others. My favorite brazilian artists are Tom Jobim, Egberto Gismonti, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording of keyboard tracks, beats or musical production.