Nashville based multi-instrumentalist, specializing in pedal steel, hammond organ, and various tones and textures.
After being a touring player for the likes of The War and Treaty & Esme Patterson, I've built out a home studio capable of rendering full & polished productions. Whether you need a simple Pedal Steel overdub or a fully realized pop track, I can make it happen remotely.
I work primarily in Ableton Live & Logic and can do everything from sequenced electronic drums & string mockups to chicken pickin' pedal steel & telecaster parts. I love sonic exploration and enjoy finding the perfect sound to compliment an artist's song. After a decade out on the road with various artists, versatility has proved to be my strongest asset. I'd love to bring some of that versatility to your track.
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Philippe is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist and singer. He's great to work with, and hiring him would be a great decision!
Philippe is a session ace! He's a consummate professional with a deep understanding of how to take a song to the next level. Amazing communicator and all-round great guy. You can't go wrong with Philippe!
Philippe is one of the professional, highly-skilled, and multi-versed songwriters I know. Whatever instrument he's playing in a song, whether it's his own or sitting in on a session, he elevates the song with what it needs rather than making it about what he's playing. He's truly dedicated to the craft and it shows.
Philippe has recorded pedal steel and organ for a handful of projects I've produced, as well as my personal singer/songwriter project. He is always professional and communicative and adds so much depth and texture while never losing sight of the song. Everything he does is tasteful and with intention. He's a great session player and side man but also a really amazing songwriter. I encourage anyone to seek out his music in addition to seeing what he can do as a session player, mix engineer, and producer.
Philippe is the consummate professional. Quick, efficient, clear communication, & high quality takes. I have used him for 4 different productions so far (pedal steel, organ, & piano) & his tasteful approach never required any revisions. HIGHLY recommended!
There's really no way to overstate Phil's musicality and talent, and he's as easygoing as they come in this business. He's got superb taste and big ears - absolutely excels at elevating all the projects he touches, whether he's at the desk or in the live room. Phil produced Balto's most recent full-length and has played all over our records and 10/10 would recommend for anything you can get him on.
Philippe is a superb musician, instrumentalist, artist, and songwriter, and just an all around great guy. It's been a total pleasure working with him in the past and I'd highly recommend him to anyone- his wide range of talents can help bring any musical vision to life!
Interview with Philippe Bronchtein
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently released the Oregon Air EP, which i felt was a really great culmination of all the different hats I've worn over the years. You can listen to the title track in my audio references.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A few Pedal Steel overdubs & mixing my 5th solo album.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, several! Raymond Richards is wonderful producer, and Nate Barnes is a fantastic drummer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their place. If a band is well rehearsed and has the parts written and just wants to capture a moment, I go analog. If you want to build up a track piece by piece, I think digital is better.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Quality recording of a quality performance that elevates their track.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Finding interesting sounds & supporting lyricism.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I sometimes find that artist want something quite simple. I'm always happy to do a simpler revision.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Touring players are usually pretty savvy in the studio!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who are some of your favorite artists, do you have a reference track that you like?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just have a clear idea of what you want, good communication is key
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Franklin Steel, Huss and Dalton Acoustic, Earthquaker Avalanche Run, Ear Trumpet Edwina, Fender Twin
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out pursuing the dream of being a traveling singer-songwriter. With my own band Hip Hatchet, I put out several albums and EPs. Then i got a job as a touring player for an Americana band called Quiet Life. We did some support tours for Head and the Heart, Dr. Dog, and a few other great bands. After several years on the road with them, I stepped away to focus on my own writing. after another solo release, I decided to get back into sideman life & toured as Esme Patterson's electric guitar player, shortly after playing all of the keys on her album, "We Were Wild." Shortly after that gig slowed down, I decided to relocate to Nashville where i joined The War and Treaty playing B3 & pedal steel. After two years on the road with them, I decided to step away from the road to focus on writing & studio work.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Simple, Melodic, and tasteful.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to play pedal steel for bruce springsteen because duh.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Print your reverb and delays as a separate track, that way the mixing engineer will have more control to make the final mix sound good!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically find myself in the Americana realm, but love to venture outside of that as well!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: good communication & a strong ear.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Sonic versatility, a strong sense of melody, and knowing when not to play.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: As an instrumentalist, I like to listen to the track a few times and write out a simple chart as a road map. If the artist has provided references, I'll listen to those a few times over & then just start recording and trying to find hooks and melodies that work. By the end i provide the artist with a finished comp that will fly into their session.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio revolved around my Apollo twin and Ableton Live 10. It's set up primarily as a space for overdubs and writing, rather than tracking a full band, although that's certainly possible. What makes my space special is the collection of instruments. I have acoustic guitars, accordions, steel guitars, synthesizers, and various stomp boxes and amps to get whatever sound you're looking for.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Greg Leisz's steel guitar sound has been a huge inspiration to my playing. But I love Vince Gill's writing as much as I love Boards of Canada's warbly drum loops.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Generally, i find myself laying down a variety of textures and instruments for artists. Usually it's a combination of Steel Guitar & keyboards.