Maarten Ouweneel

Session guitarist

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professional guitar player from the Netherlands. I love to make beautiful guitar parts for you project.

I'm a session guitarist from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I have worked with a lot of different artists and did a lot of recording in great studio's and also my home studio.

For the last few years I've been touring with te dutch pop group Og3ne (songfestival 2017, and winner of the voice of Holland season five)
I also toured/played/recorded with other great artists for the last 15 years: Jennie Lena, Judy Blank, Xander de Buisonjé, Glennis Grace, Berget Lewis, Sharon Doorson, John Vooijs, Candy Dulfer, Postmen, Rico Greene, Rick Devito, Dennis Kolen, Delouise and Dutch blues man Ralph de Jongh.

I love to create beautiful guitar parts for your project. Contact me for more information.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Interview with Maarten Ouweneel

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

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

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

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

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

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

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