Session guitarist

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Hi everyone, My name is Alex, I've been a professional musician for the last 20 years.

As a session guitarist, I always try to find something new to bring to your song. I really like to tweak sounds. I use a large variety of gear to find the best way to serve music.

I own a full set of great acoustic and electric guitars :

- Martin D35, Martin D15M, Martin 000-18, Martin 12 strings.
- Les Paul, PRS, Gretsch and others.
- Supro, Soldano, Laney amps and a full collection of stompboxes.

My recording setup in my personnal studio : Neumann, Warm Audio, Beyerdynamic, Oktava, Shure mics / Drawmer and Art preamps, plus a variety of compressors.

I guarantee a really high quality sound for you tracks.

Feel free to ask any question, I will alway reply within hours.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Interview with Alex

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Analog preamps with fet / opto / tube compressors for the feeling and warmth. Digital recording because... we live in 2020, that's the way we work now.

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

  4. A: I'm a professionnal musician and teacher (I own a guitar school here in France) for more than 20 years. I went for the first time in a studio in 1999. I was only 17. I make music every day of my life since I put my fingers on a guitar in 1995.

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

  6. A: I'm proud of every single note I played in my life, becasuse they all went from my heart.

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

  8. A: I work on my band's first album. We have finished the pre-production and are about to record bass and drums.

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

  10. A: I promise I'll always do my best to give them a totally original track. With heart and feel.

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

  12. A: Something new everyday !

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

  14. A: Can you do something for me ? Yes, of course, we just need to be connected the right way to create something cool.

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

  16. A: What is the feeling of your project ? How much time you have to the deadline ?

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

  18. A: Don't be affraid to have weird demands. We can push a track very far, just with a bit of imagination !

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

  20. A: My beloved Martin D35, my Les Paul and a little amp, a set of microphones and a little tape recorder.

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

  22. A: I would have love to work with David Bowie. Such a genius. I really appreciate the work of Josh Homme, It would be a dream to meet him and share some projects. I would also love to play guitar for Adele.

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

  24. A: I almost always record stereo tracks. A/B or spaced pair of microphones, depending on the source. I think it makes a huge difference in the mixing process.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I only play with my heart, with an old fashion way of making music. Maybe we could say I'm in a "vintage" way, with warm and lively sounds.

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

  28. A: I'm a big fan of rock and pop, but I use to work on folk or celtic music as well.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: I have no "go to" way of working. I try to be in a unique mood for all project. Music is not a standard job, we need to have this fact in mind to create original songs.

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

  32. A: I bring nothing but my feeling. Inspiration is hard to describe, as it's a new journey with every project. It depends in what YOU want. You may like to get just a subtle high quality folk guitar texture for the chorus, or a devastating solo in a burning field of saturation. Just ask, I'll do my best.

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

  34. A: Most of the times, I work really fast : the great idea comes immediately or never. I usually record all instruments with at least two mics. It allows to capture the full image of the sound.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I own several great microphones : Neumann TLM193 (fantastic for clear and natural acoustic sounds), Warm Audio WA47 (for full body sounds), a bunch of small diaphragme condenser mics for more clean and brighter sounds. I love to track them through my Drawmer 1960 with a hint of compression for a really professionnal feeling.

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

  38. A: Jimmy Page, Andrew Scheps and Daniel Lanois

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

  40. A: Creating good guitar tracks.

Gear Highlights
  • Martin and Gibson guitars. Neuman microphones and Drawmer preamps.
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