I am a free lance percussionist and composer living in LOS ANGELES for the past 34 years
artists I have worked for -KISS, Willie Nelson, Michael Wolff, Tribal Tech, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Vinny Golia, Alanis Morrisette, Lee Ann Rhymes, Mitch Forman, Kim Richmond, Rickie Lee Jones,BillCunliffe, GordonGoodwin,PatWilliams,MarkMasters,Scott Kinsey,Scott Henderson ,Phil Norman tentet Hands'onsemble actors Jeff Bridges and Ronny Cox
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Interview with brad dutz
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I play mostly hand percussion on many CD film projects ,,also I play vibes and all the orchestral percussion instrument frequently for video games such as WORLD of WARCRAFT
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a large room that can hold 5 musicians and DP8 with great mic preamps and several choices of mics. The room has over 40 percussion instruments within quick access including marimba, vibes, xypophone
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I get the tracks and quickly import them into DP then I start experimenting with different instruments and tectures
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have been told my ideas are very unique and original, I try to use the most exotic and unusual instrument first to surprise the listener and I am flexible if my clients want more standard sounds
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Creativity originality and a very good groove
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: jazz ,avante garde , alternative rock ,progressive rock ,soundtracks
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always try to suggest the most original and creative approach , try to bring a NEW sound to every composition
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: HERBIE HANCOCK, WAYNE SHORTER, RALPH TOWNER,ANTHONY BRAXTON because they have all been very forward thinking about their music
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: ORIGINAL creative jazz percussion with a lot of world influence migrating different techniques to different instruments
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I moved to LA in 1982 out of NTSU and started free lancing within 10 days and have not stopped in 34 years
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: bones, frame drum, marimba, pandeiro ,ROLAND HANDSONIC
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: JUST let the musician be creative and give you something first ,,,then after you have heard the style or sound it is easy to help direct them to exactly what you want
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How soon do you need it?, How many tracks do you need? what type of music do you like?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: people sometimes think I am just a player, but I am a composer so I believe I can help other composers more with ths percussion they are seeking
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: q- HOW soon can I get the tracks back? a- VERY SOON
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: IT is very fun and very creative and filled with new experience and mystery everyday
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If you dont like the tracks ILL do them again
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: both,, but digital is quicker cleaner and can be fattend to seem analog
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: JOHN FUMO trumpet master
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: PHIL NORMAN tentet ,and the original BRAD DUTZ tentet and my new 4tet
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: MY last 4tet CD it is my composition my production and my percussion playing with three great artists on OBOE, BASS CLARINET, CELLO