Versatile guitarist with 20 years of experience playing live and in the studio. I provide quality sounding tracks that will compliment your songs. I enjoy bringing feeling and emotion to music with my playing. My studio is named Trailhead Recording, where I am a recording and mixing engineer.
Hi, my name is Garrett Lucas. I am a guitarist, songwriter, and recording and mixing engineer. My influences include Americana, rock, country, blues, and folk. I provide rhythm and lead guitar tracks for these genres. I focus on finding the feeling and emotion of a song and complementing that with my playing. My mixing approach has always been to make everything big and polished, but natural.
A bit about my background. I attended Baker University on a music scholarship, where I played guitar in the jazz ensemble. I received awards for outstanding musicianship at several jazz festivals. I also studied classical guitar and received my degree for music performance. During my free time at college, I would crack a beer and start listening to Americana music. My roommate and I started to write songs. We formed an acoustic duo and played the local bars and college parties. After graduating, I got the opportunity to move to Austin, TX. I have played for Lucky Tubb, The Plainsmen, CJ7, and Jeremy Johnson. I am now focused on writing, recording, and mixing. I play with my band The Plainsmen and have a solo album I am working on.
If you have a project, please contact me and I will be happy to try to help.
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Interview with Garrett Lucas
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I co-produced, engineered, mixed, and played on an album called Yellow by Two of Hearts. The songwriting was very good and I had a great time working with the artists. They are great musicians. We were very happy with how the album turned out.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Nate Barnes for drums. He does an amazing job. Eric McCann on bass.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Usually about arrangement and production. I will then provide my ideas.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I am only a guitarist and mixer. I enjoy producing also.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on a folk album, and a country album. I am also working on my solo album.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I use a combination of both. I record on pro tools, but I have a nice collection of analog gear. I use this in both recording and mixing. I feel that analog provides a nice sonic quality that is pleasing to the ear. Plugins really sound great now too. If the engineering is executed well, I feel the performance is really what matters.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will work until they are satisfied.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I enjoy helping artists accomplish their goals and achieving an album that they are proud of.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sound are you looking for? References?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to provider's material and find a good fit for the sound you want. Communicate your intentions for the song.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender Tele B Bender, Fender Twin, Martin acoustic, WA-73 preamp, 57.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out playing rock, then discovered Americana and country. Music has always been at the forefront. I have played in bands and recorded or 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Eclectic. I have many influences.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: James McMurtry. I am a huge fan of his writing and melodies.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Capture the best sounds that you can at the source. If you don't like a tone or arrangement, correct it before recording. A great take is most of it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Americana, rock, country, blues, and folk.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I serve the song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to complement and play to the song. When mixing, I find the emotion and really try to amplify it.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to listen to the material, and ask the artist what they are looking for in the track. I will ask for a reference or influence. I also like to do a pass where I just play what I am feeling and give that option too. I work until the artist is satisfied.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a fairy large space. Nice collection of microphones. Mojave M-200, AKG 414, REA Ribbons, Shure. Some Sytek mic preamps that really sound great. They have been modified with Burr-Brown op amps. I also have some Warm Audio 1073 style pre's that sound great, and a pair of racked Yamaha PCM 1000's. I run all my mixes through a Dangerous 2 Bus + summing mixer. Apollo 16 and Twin with Pro Tools.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am a huge fan of Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, James McMurtry, Steve Earle, and Robert Earle Keen. As far as production and mixing, Ed Cherney did some of the best work I have heard. I am also a big fan of Jim Scott, T Bone Burnett, and Steve Albini.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Providing guitar tracks and mixing.