I have toured the world and recorded for many years with my own band and with international recording artists. I have produced many master recordings and demos.
I am primarily a blues/rock guitarist, but when you listen to my demo, you'll hear that I can do different styles.
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Interview with Tony Sarno
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Bass player Mark Coradetti.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I typically use a very simple setup,-basically a portable rig with a MacBook Pro running Logic Pro X and and a Lexicon interface. When the budget allows, I like to record at Blackbird studios, which has everything under the sun, or for a more earthy vibe, my buddy Ken Coomer's studio, in East Nashville.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Dee Archer "sooner or later". I co-produced, wrote songs, played a bunch of guitars, and sang some background vocals. It just sounds great, with very cool rock songs.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Demos for a new blues record.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog, but it's rare these days.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll make it sound good. From a whisper to a roar, it's going to rock.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Where do you hear this song going?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of sound are you looking for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be very specific about what you want to achieve with the recording. Do you just want a demo to send to publishers, a full-blown production using "a cast of 1000's or something in between.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Telecaster Martin Naylor Amp Laptop, mics, and Interface Solar generator
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: First real gig was in New York City with Peter Tork. We played Monkees songs in the style of Hard Rock. I was then the singer/guitarist for the Dutch Band "Hollander" on CBS records.Then toured with singer David Clayton Thomas of Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Then gigged extensively with my own band doing shows with B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hall and Oates, Johnny Winter and others. Producer Rodney Mills recorded my band in Atlanta. Started The Thunderhawks in Nashville with bass player Keith Christopher and guitarist Eddy Shaver. Recorded "It's a blues thing" in Memphis. Recorded "Thunderhawks" in Nashville. Produced (with Craig Krampf) Dee Archer "Sooner or Later" and my solo Album "Tony Sarno. Resident artist at Bose; touring the world to demonstrate their new L1 sound system for working musicians. Toured Argentina as well as Australia three times, Produced "Highway Blues" for Big Fish Audio. Played guitars and produced a lot of demos along the way.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Tasty, enthusiastic.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Earth, Wind, and Fire because they rock.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Keep it simple.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mainstream Rock/Country Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Electric guitar.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whatever it needs.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will get a general vibe of the song, and then record 4 or 5 tracks and see which direction the client wants to go.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: All of the A-list Nashville session guitarists like Brent Mason.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Electric guitar tracks.