Maarten Ouweneel

Session guitarist

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Are you looking for great sounding guitar parts on your song? Check my audio samples, youtube channel and contact me! I look forward to work together!

I'm Maarten Ouweneel, guitarist from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. As a session guitarist I have toured and recorded with many Dutch artists. Since the summer of 2021 I am the guitarist in the band of Dutch artist Danny Vera.

In my home studio I record both acoustic and electric guitar parts for projects by other musicians, songwriters and producers. I play different styles: pop, rock, blues, jazz, soul, country, EDM. Check out my youtube channel for examples of sounds I record at home and for the music I release myself.

https://www.youtube.com/user/ymaarten/featured

How it works
Are you looking for guitar parts for your track? Please feel free to contact me. My method is:

We will discuss together what you are looking for for your track and what your wishes are.
You can send your track to me via email, Dropbox or WeTransfer. Also send tempo information and possibly a demo and/or a reference track.
I look for the right sounds and parts for the track and record them.
You will receive the separate guitar parts for your track. In consultation I can also send the guitar parts without effects. You will also receive a bounce on which you will hear how I hear the parts in the mix.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Interview with Maarten Ouweneel

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

  2. A: Recently I released my first solo album "Ebb & Flow" with instrumental compositions. I am very proud and the reactions are very positive. Check it out: https://open.spotify.com/album/5vcC3uWAui0WNr3P1HWhUx?si=fhb2njyRQM-vwA-WRCo3ew Besides that I'm doing a lot of live gigs with Danny Vera.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Both! I love the feel of analog, but the digital route is si good these days. I feel that analog adds a different energy and emotion to the music.

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

  6. A: What is the songs about? Do you have a part or sound in mind?

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

  8. A: Give me as much information about the project and the song as possible. Of you have a reference, thats always good. Be nice and respectful

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

  10. A: I started giggin when I was 14 years old, studied music first at a music high school and directly after that, the Rotterdam conservatory. During that time I started working with a lot of different artists live and in the studio.

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

  12. A: Altough I try to make my sounds big and fat, they all have to get their place in the mix next to al the other instruments and vocals. That’s why I try to make the sounds different from each other by using different guitars, amps, pedals and other effects.

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

  14. A: Pop, Soul, rock, R&B, blues, roots music, fusion (jazzrock)

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

  16. A: Sound, vibe, emotion, feel and energy. This are key ellements in every style of music. I try to capture what the song is about and add to that emotion and energy.

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

  18. A: I listen to the song a few times, and imagine in my head what the song needs and try to think like a producer. Then I make a rough plan about the guitars, amps, mics, picks, pedals, etc what I need. If there are some essential basic parts, I start with that, and then I try to come up with the real hooks, textures and vibes. I try to make the sounds as fat as possible, but also keep in mind that they have to have a place in the mix.

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: I record in Logic. I have a Universal Audio Apollo Twin with a lot of great plugins (NEVE, API, Distressor, etc). For the most part, I record with real amps, sometimes I use a strymon Iridium or the Kemper profiler. My new Hook Wizard amp has some IR's build in, and it sounds killer! As for my acoustic guitar sound, I have a few great guitars that sound very good. I record these with a Neumann km184 always, and sometimes I also record a clean DI sound.

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

  22. A: Michael Landau, Tom Bukovac, Blake Mills, John Mayer, Steve Gadd, James Taylor, Tim McGraw, Daniel Lanois, Lianne la Havas, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Joey Landreth, the bros Landreth, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Jonie Mitchell.

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

  24. A: creating and recording guitar parts for songs, demos and also playing live gigs.

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  • Stratocaster
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