Rick Melick

Piano/Hammond/Keys/Composition

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Played live/filmed/recorded with Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Paul Rogers, Joe Bonamassa, John Hiatt. I will ALWAYS serve the song which has kept me working at the highest level internationally for decades. Recorded/toured 2005-2014 with Joe Bonamassa - 8#1 CDs & 2 #1 DVDs and over 250 MILLION streams across all platforms and major chart success.

I arrive at the party with a producer’s ear and 40 years' experience, including a history with remote file sharing projects in recent years.
RnB, soul, funk, the New Orleans piano legends, Americana and Blues and Roots are my major influences and first loves, but I am across a lot of genres. I have a lovely functioning studio including a beautiful 1969 Hammond B3 and 122 Leslie, Roland RD 300nx, Korg M3 88 keys, Nord 4D, Roland D50, as well as many virtuals.
The defining moments in my career are recording at the Studio at The Palms in Las Vegas, with Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Carmine Rojas, with Kevin ‘Caveman’ Shirley producing (Led Zep/Iron Maiden/Aerosmith). Recording in Blackrock Studio in Santorini, Greece, the unforgettable experiences of recording “Night Life” with B B King and an Australian tour with ‘Skunk’ Baxter.
My favourite recorded live shows: North Sea Jazz Fest, Montreaux Jazz Fest, The Albert Hall with Eric Clapton and The Beacon Theater NYC with John Hiatt, Beth Hart and Paul Rogers all of which were filmed and recorded, and they're easy to find online.
European tours sharing the stage with Jeff Beck and Steve Winwood - a dream fulfilled, were a thrill, as were opening slots for Chicago, Queen, Roxy Music and B B King. I consider myself very fortunate to have such diverse influences and experiences and I use them all.
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24 Reviews

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  1. Review by Mike Vermeil
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    Rick does great work!

  2. Review by Pete H.
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    Rick worked tirelessly not just to record my track but to plug the gaps in the work and achieve a sound that I was after. Truly top class.

  3. Review by Craig W.
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    Thanks RICK you da man!!!! Easy to work with and professional result.

  4. Review by Adam D.
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    I had a great time working with Rick! He's an experienced professional. I sent him my tracks and he got the vibe of the song. He did a keyboard part and he suggested a B3 organ part that sounded great. Rick got the job done quickly and his response time was great. I would be happy to work with Rick again on any future project. Thanks Rick!

  5. Review by Lavender Lane Production
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    It goes without saying, but Rick is a total pro and lives up to his reputation. The first pass was perfect no changes necessary and a quick turnaround. Thank you!

  6. Review by Rick D.
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    It's easy to see why so many top notch artist have Rick working with them. Highly creative and professional.

  7. Review by Alexxsjohnson
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    Rick provided detailed focus on the tracks dynamics and delivered a beautifully complimentary result on the piano. Amazing work

  8. Review by Will M.
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    Rick is one of those musicians you just dream about working with. And one of the ones that live up to their resumé. Professional, positive and encouraging, he was able to contribute in ways I did not expect; creating parts based on inspired musicality that only a seasoned live performer and session player would understand. He knew where and when to leave space as much as when to shine out front. Highly recommended.

  9. Review by Jonathan D.
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    Excellent musician.. he really cares about the music and dives deep to get you the results you want. I would highly recommend. Thanks so much Rick.

  10. Review by Patrizio
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    Rick is a great PRO and artist! 5 stars!!!!

  11. Review by Giorgio M.
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    Working with Rick was a great experience. He instantly understood what was missing and changed the song. After the first delivery we were so impressed that we didn't need to change anything. Looking forward to work with him again.

  12. Review by Ross Clark
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    I have had the pleasure of playing with Rick over the years and he always brings the A game to the table. All Class with a wealth of knowledge in multiple styles.
    Would highly recommend Rick for any upcoming projects.
    Rosscoe Clark – (The Stinger)

  13. Review by James Barton
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    James "jimbo" Barton
    After 40 + years working in the US with 'A List' talent, I never imagined I would find an all round keyboard guy of Rick's immense talent here in Australia. I sent Rick 6 titles for the Max Merritt Album. 3 days later I received the most amazing work back from Rick. (hammond B3, Piano, Synths and Strings) He has an international approach which I desperately needed for my project. I love Rick's talent and dedication. A wonderful Guy. Thanks Rick

  14. Review by David Hugh Adams
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    Rick is a very talented fellow. I have had the pleasure to work him on a numder of occations.Always fun and full of the things i like. davidhughadams.com

  15. Review by Stanley andrew mobbs
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    Rick is musician of the highest calibre, but just as importantly, one hell of a nice guy.
    Professional, Punctual, and as we say in the Boy Scouts, always prepared.
    Stan.

  16. Review by Leon Gaer
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    by Leon Gaer

    I always enjoy recording with Rick. He is a world class musician and full of great ideas when creating a track.

  17. Review by Kay Bidstrup
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    by Kay Bidstrup

    We were very fortunate to work with Rick at his home studio on a song we wrote "Cold Wind". He played through the chords I'd written out on his grand piano and the whole song came to life, I still get shivers. Lead vocals and BVs also recorded on the day. Wonderful experience and some real magic captured on the track, eternally grateful.

  18. Review by Darren
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    Rick is a class act and a true professional. He knows how to make a band sound great. When I listen to Rick play I am always impressed with his ability to never overplay and bring exactly what is needed.
    Darren Jack

  19. Review by Mick Malouf
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    Rick is an inspirational musician and record producer. Everything he does is world class and supremely musical. Some of my favourite recordings are ones created in his studio. He is also a great keyboard player. When he is on your gig, you know he is bringing the real deal!

  20. Review by Chris Bradley
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    Rick partnered with us for our forthcoming “Harlequins” project, contributing piano and B3 throughout. The process of working with Rick was rewarding both creatively and personally. His live piano tracks were right on the money, often creating parts that became hooks. He overdubbed the B3 using his 1969 Hammond and Leslie which was beautifully played and recorded. Rick worked fast and flawlessly based on rough charts and demos and he had put a unique and sensitive sonic signature on the tracks within moments. Great to work with; an an amazing CV and pedigree but no ego. Strongly endorse!

Interview with Rick Melick

  1. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  2. A: NEVER let anything "go through to the keeper." What I do will be there forever and I always want to be proud of any work I do. I honor my name and my reputation.

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: My years with Joe Bonamassa were stellar. 8x #1 CD's, 2x #1 Live DVD's, get paid to see the world. 200+ gigs a year, first class travel and good songs to play. A great rig in USA and EU and some truly great musicians that I am honored to call friends. All the major festivals: Montreaux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, East Coast Blues and countless boutique festivals across Europe and the USA. DVDs of The Royal Albert Hall and The Beacon Theater. Max Merrit CD (RIP) legendary singer songwriter and so special as this was his final offering.

  5. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  6. A: Have just finished an independent project. Two days in the studio followed by keys overdubs on all songs in my studio. All Hammond was recorded and some piano and strings were added where it was not heard earlier by the artists in our studio recordings.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Irrelevant question I think. These days so many people are listening on a device or perhaps sharing headphones. Digital is convenient, cost effective, easily available and sounds great. Analog has it's place and was my first love.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: You will always get the best of me. Arrangements, sounds, performance. No one is a harsher critic of me, than ME!

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I love the fact that musicians trust me with their babies and I really appreciate the fact that I can work from home with no time constraints. Everybody is a winner.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: A brief can be good. Sometimes it hinders! A direction, something to listen to that might be down your street, but ultimately the song will tell me what it needs, where it wants to go and how it wants to sound.

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: Trust. I have played thousands of songs, written dozens, learned several hundred, have a rich studio life and played theaters and arenas for tens of thousands of people. I know what a makes a song come alive so trust me just a little while honoring your own vision.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: ukulele, melodica, a hat, a DIY bamboo hut manual and a machete to open coconuts.

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: My first pro gig was in 1977 with the late Andy Gibb. The phone kept ringing and happily it still does. I have been recording and on the road all my pro career. I toured the world hard from 2005-2014 with Joe Bonamassa. Five continents every year over 10 months, write and record a new album and then sleep for 4 weeks! Rinse and repeat.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: I'm across a lot of styles but I really love the New Orleans piano players, and the blues. Jon Cleary, Prof Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Benmont Tench, Bill Payne, Ray Charles, Leon Russel, Richard Wright, Roy Bittan. For organ I dig Jon Lord, John Paul Jones, Ian McLagan, Gregg Allman, Steve Winwood, Booker T, Brian Auger, Don Airey, Rod Argent, Tom Coster.

  23. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  24. A: Derek Trucks. Great songs and plenty of room for keyboards Gary Clark Jnr, he needs keys to color his music IMO. Keb Mo'. What a voice and what a talent. John Hiatt. one of the best songwriters of his generation. Steve Winwood. Playing and singing so well. John Lennon *sigh*

  25. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  26. A: Rock, RnB, Blues-rock, Blues and Soul. I can rock loud hard and I can also be sweet and tender.

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: The ability to add colors, parts and sounds that elevate the song and drive it forward. Although I can be tender, I'm not scared of getting tough.

  29. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  30. A: Decades of experience and a producer's ear. I have produced several projects in my own right and previously owned a professional analog studio for 7 years before retiring to my home setup. Details are important: the lyrics, keeping out of the way of the existing instrumentation as well as supporting the melody and general dynamic of the song.

  31. Q: What's your typical work process?

  32. A: I like to get to work ASAP while my original thoughts are fresh. I enjoy taking the time to really craft a sympathetic part in regard to both the instrumentation and the vocals. I break for a while to freshen up my ears, maybe have a snack or play some chess and then review and make any alterations. Then I send an MP3 back to the client and when all is approved I send through high rez WAV files.

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: I have a beautiful and well maintained 1969 Hammond B3 and Leslie122. Several great mics - Neumann, Sennheiser,Shure,- an Amek Stereo Comp/Limiter, and some vintage Telefunken V72 mic pres. Several keys including Korg M88, Roland 300NX, YamahaAN1x and Nord 4D. Naturally I have the usual arsenal of virtual instruments and plug-ins.

  35. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  36. A: I do a lot of file sharing internationally, mainly piano and Hammond Organ as well as string arrangements and production tweaks. Recent projects include Max Merritt and many independent artists as well as demos. I enjoy taking the whole day to really get inside the song and craft a piano and/or organ part that elevates the track for the best possible outcome. No one is a harsher critic of me than I am. I'll never return a track that I am not 100% happy with in terms of both the sonics and the performance.

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: I have been fortunate to have recorded in excess of a dozen full length projects and several one-offs with Kevin Shirley (www.cavemanproductions.com) in Australia, the USA and Europe. He was always very generous with his information and talent. I adore Tom Dowd's catalog. Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Keb Mo' and Tom Petty. Marc Cohn, Elton John and Bruce Hornsby continue to inspire.

  39. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  40. A: Lea Cappelli. What a singer!

  41. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  42. A: Very few questions. My clients come to me because they either know me already or have been referred. Of course the fee is essential to know, which is why I charge one fee for the song, no extras. My clients know exactly where they stand.

  43. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  44. A: That it's easy. There are simple songs but there are never easy songs. Striving to keep refining a part until there is no fat left, just the essential elements. That's not easy. Nor is it simple. Check your ego at the studio door before you enter - always helpful.

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  • Jon Batiste
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Gear Highlights
  • 1969 B3 & Leslie 122
  • Korg M3 88 Keys
  • Roland RD300nx
  • Nord 4D
  • Virtuals
  • vintage Telefunken V72 valve mic pre's
  • AMEK comp/limiter
  • vintage Sennheiser 441 and Neuman mics
  • A&H 24 channel mixer
  • Genelec
  • KRK
  • Yamaha monitors
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  • Harlequins projectNov 06, 2021

    So happy to be part of the “harlequin” project. Great to be playing live in a good studio with pros all around and the fact that everybody is happy with my Hammond performance in my own studio makes me wanna dance. The mixes are sounding deadly 🎹