Berklee educated pianist and keyboard session musician with over 40 years studio experience. I am also a recording and mixing engineer with 3 studio albums, film score, film trailer, and web TV series to my credit. I am a *Nord Keyboards endorsed artist*
Keyboards session musician, mixing, mastering and production of your songs. I specialize in helping with production and arrangements to bring life and a professional quality to your demos. I can write music ‘lyrics and sing and have experience in several genres including classical, blues, rock, pop, RnB, jazz, folk, holiday music, advertising jingles, and film scoring/foley work.
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4 ReviewsEndorse Paul Zarvis
Paul's a class act and a good player
I've been lucky enough to be a professional entertainer for over 50 years and never had a 9 to 5. In that time, I've worked with hundreds of musicians. In those hundreds of musicians very few stand out in my memory like Paul.
A singer looks for a musician who can feel what he or she's feeling. Paul has that unique ability to know where you're coming from and where you want to take it. That my friends is a true pro. I know many tech heads but very few with soul to go with the knowledge. Paul is all these things. I'm now on the other side of the world and wish he was here with me.
I have played and recorded with Paul for many years. He is an A+ player and very creative.
I highly recommend him for any situation you may need.
Paul is a great guy - and a fine keyboard player/singer! I know him through our mutual Nord Stage 3 keyboard and the Nord community.
He’s a very MUSIC guy. Always very proactive and on the beat.
You can hire him for all kinds of gigs: live, studio or whatever - Paul will always get the job done without any troubles.
Warmest recommendations from what I know about him!
Interview with Paul Zarvis
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet. I have not researched SoundBetter providers yet but will in near future.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to do what I love and have trained for and make a living doing it
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge for doing my album? Answer: you are paying for my time and musicianship. I charge $100 per hour to play on your track or to mix and master your finished tracks. The time element is the same. I do however give 100% effort to bring to the client a mix or keyboard performance that they’re raving about when finished.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Berklee in 1981, then live performing for 25 years, then began recording and session work in early 1990’s and have been doing this ever since. 2020 I am back at Berklee for Music Production degree.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My Beethoven CD. It took 2 years of practice but I recorded myself playing my 3 favorite Beethoven Piano sonatas and the album is selling better than other work. I am.also very proud of my 1st album Introducing The AC Thundertones. It is a fine blues rock album
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A Christmas Album, an interview with a radio station RadioradioX January 2021 feature article on me and writing and recording my 4th studio album together with studying at Berklee for Music Production degree. I have been recording for several years and have produced great work but I want to be a better producer and engineer. Berklee is the best place to accomplish this
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Some things like cymbals or guitars just sound better than digital versions of them. It depends on the genre and style of music the client is looking for Analog for warmth and natural sounding instruments and digital for an edgier and more polished more exact sound.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise I’ll give you 100% effort and attention to your project and musical vision while I am working on it and I will deliver on time to you a finished product that you're happy with. If not satisfied I'll work with you to get desired results.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think if they bring me a sheet of paper with lyrics on it they have a “song.” It is not. That is a poem. A SONG is chords, melody line, a rhythm or beat with lyrics.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your identity as an artist? Who are you? What are you trying to convey through your music? Do you have finished demos? Do you have an established artist that you may sound like? What is it you like about that sound? Finally, do you simply want me to play keyboards on your track or do you want me to play and then mix and master your track? Do you want help with songwriting?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what it is you want before contracting your project. Discuss and establish clear communication as to what you need done and what you expect out of a session. Know the current average fee’s for services to know what a fair price is from providers for specific services.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Yamaha Motif XS8 Nord Stage 3 iMac, interface, speakers, Pro Tools.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Easy going but focused. Good time management, very honest and fair as to pricing and giving a client the best session performance, or mix and master I can give them
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Elliot Scheiner because he recorded Steely Dan and won several Grammys for flawless production techniques. Also Don Was.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never use multiple reverbs. i.e., A reverb on each track. Rather use just one and attenuate that on onto each vocal or instrument as needed and Never apply an effect to the signal track. You alter the incoming voice or instrument signal that way. Open up a separate track for effects.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: RnB, Blues, Rock, Classical and Jazz, Folk, Americana. Some hip hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Keyboard session musician. Mixing and Mastering in that order.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Berklee College of Music Alumni (Piano & Music Synthesis) and current music Production student. Over 30 years of recording, performance, mixing and mastering experience
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Receive WAV FILES/Stems of songs and mix and master them for client. OR, play keyboards on their tracks and help with songwriting and arrangement (if needed).and send back completed files.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pro Tools full recording suite, SONAR Producer X3, Motu M4 interface Focusrite Scarlett interface, Waves Mercury Mastering Bundle, Output sounds, REV, SIGNAL, EXHALE, ACTION Strikes, East West Composer Cloud, Slate Digital All Access, Fresh Air. Nord Stage 3, Yamaha Motif, Roland JDXi, Lewitt mics, AKG mic, Shure Mic
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Steven Webber, Prince Charles Alexander, John Broaddus, Don Was, Elliot Scheiner,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Keyboards session work, help with songwriting, arrangements, mixing.