LA based keyboardist/pianist/vocalist with great instruments and quick turn-around. Versed in a lot of styles and easy to work with. Did a recent world tour, opening for Rufus Wainwright, a one woman act with voice and synths.
My name is Rachel, I'm known as a singer-songwriter but have toured and recorded as a keyboardist with artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Donny McCaslin, Chris Botti, KT Tunstall, Sy Smith, Emily Saliers and others. I have a heavy background in jazz, but also write/produce/record Pop, R&B, Rock, and Fusion. I have a versatile studio including a Grand Piano, Wurlitzer, Rhodes Mark V, Castlebar Clavinet and SYNTHS! I also record vocal demos and commercials, and do vocal arranging.
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In addition to her world-class singing voice, Rachel is an incredible arranger, pianist and synth/keys sound sculptor. From authentic acoustic jazz piano to innovative synth sounds that range from the beautiful and lush to the cutting edge of modern pop, she’s an extremely creative, versatile and innovative musician. Check out her solo records!
Rachel supplied keys/synth/FX tracks for almost every song on my album and is my go-to person for keys! Super-creative and caring individual who knows how to take the song to the next level and then some. Can't say enough about her!
Interview with Rachel Eckroth
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My album, When It Falls. I was artist and co-producer, and I think it was more sonically adventurous than my previous albums.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A production and video with Artist Sy Smith
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Brian Griffin, drummer
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depending on the job, Analog or Digital. Whichever sounds best for the song.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you will get good quality music from me.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I only do one thing.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the expected end result of the project.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask me anything!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Wurlitzer EP, Korg Minilogue, MXR Carbon Copy Bright Delay, Lewitt LCT 440 mic, espresso machine.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a jazz singer 25 years ago, here I am now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Genre-appropriate, but unexpected.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with St. Vincent, her music is bold and funky but also has a minimal aspect to it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I think it's important to give the client exactly what you would want the world to hear, because if you give them too much, they may use it all in the track.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Funk, fusion, soundtrack, pop, jazz.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Creating parts.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Restraint or no restraint, harmonic complexity if called for, new and warm sounds and textures.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen, ask, try.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mainly use Logic, but also have a ProTools Rig. For vocals, I use a NEVE 3104 Preamp for vocals, a Slate Digital Modeling mic or a Lewitt LCT 440. I have keyboards upon keyboards. Rhodes, Wurly, Clavinet, Grand Piano, Korg Minilogue, Monologue, R3, King Korg, Nord Electro, Multiple Soft Synth, Moog Mother 32 and DFAM, Roland SE02, KraftSynth 2.0, Waldorf Streichfett, Roland SH101, Behringer TD3, TC Helicon, Voicelive 2 and more.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Highly inspired by Tim Lefebvre (Bowie bassist), Brian Eno, Mitchell Fro0m, Jack Antonoff
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly create and record keyboard parts and solos and background vocals for artists' projects. A lot of my past work has been horn arranging as well.