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Interview with Lampis
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am proud of my work on Michael Paouris' books. I have made the transcriptions in many of them and he trusted me to find a way to transcribe some of his techniques for the first time.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A new pop song by a singer-sonwritter that is going to be released next month.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I have limited physical space at my studio so the digital workflow suits me better.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will work together to make something special.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It is endless fun. I am never bored because I always have something new to work on.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I am often asked what is the best way to achive a specific thing and I work with them to find the ideal solution.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it is all technical work. Music is an art, so any form of it requires attention to detail and creativity.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: "What are you trying to express with this song?" "Where is this piece of music going to be played?"
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would tell them to research very carefully and pick a person they can trust.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My violin, any mic, my laptop, great headphones and my midi keyboard.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am currently a Music University student, studying music production. I have been playing violin for 16 years and I have made many transcriptions and arrangements. All those experiences have brought me to the point I am right now. I try to learn something new from all my gigs and put it in practice to the next project.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Diverse. I don't have a particular style. I just adjust to the emotion I want to express.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The people I think are at the top right now are Snarky Puppy and Jacob Collier. I would love to work with either of them because they always have something new to offer.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always put the feeling in front. Try to make people feel strong things through your music. That is the purpose of music after all.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have worked in many different genres like country, pop, ethnic and others.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am trustworthy. You can rely on me to deliver something that will meet your standards.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am very cooperative and I will listen carefully to what you need. Then I will find the best way to achive that. I can be very flexible and try new things when it is nessecary.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Everything I create has a reason to exist. So, for every project I plan out very carefully what decisions need to be made and I try to achieve a result in which there is a lot of substance and meaning.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a very basic setup, however I have choosen my gear in a way that allows me to create whatever I need without restrictions.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I don't have a particular idol or figure that I admire. I take all my inspiration from peaople in my circle who are primarely instrumentalists, composers, singers and producers.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually record solo violin or even full violin orchestral sections. I also have worked on many projects as a transcriber, writting music down to sheet music by ear. Finally, for the last year I have started doing projects as a producer.