Classical flutist gone rogue (classical, folk, rock, funk, etc). I can play your music, also write and/or improvise my parts. I have a wide range of techniques and abilities and can play extended techniques, from Mozart to Jethro Tull via The Chieftains.
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Interview with Cristina Crespo
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Well, they both have their place! The flute is mechanical instrument...which sounds fantastic properly recorded on digital : )
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get a peek into someone else's creative world! It's fun and you always learn something.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Time frame and method of payment need to be agreed in advance; plus any questions I need to ask to make sure I understand what the client would like; what's the emotion they want to convey, what style, reference tracks and so on.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be specific in what you are asking for and what you expect.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Survival gear or music gear? Mmmnn, well a knife, for sure...good for survival, plus I could manage to carve a flute!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn from the best! I recommend Produce like a Boss.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I am very eclectic! I was classically trained and I have worked on orchestral and chamber music, folk music, prog rock, rock, funk, gypsy jazz, world music and music for theatre.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: To live in the fringes of all genres. I specialize in flute as an instrument, rather than in one particular genre, and so I can dip into all genres.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm a crossover between the classical and the modern music world. I can both read music or play by ear. I can write my own harmony parts or improvise a solo. I have a strong technical foundation and a wild creative imagination.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the client's track; map the structure, key, bpm, style, genre, emotional intention; then I improvise with it to test out my ideas, making notes of what works or doesn't, until I come up with a part that fits in perfectly with the track. Then I record. I would then send a rough mix for revision, offering a few other ideas...other directions I could go into. I incorporate the client's feedback and record/edit as needed. Finally I tidy up the track and convert it to whatever file the client prefers before sending it off.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio with Audio Technica AT 2020 mics (and pop stopper, obviously!) Focusright 2nd gen. interface, Mac with Logic Pro X.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kris Bradley, Lorna McGhee, Neil Corkery
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Client sends me a rough mix and asks me to record some flute for it. Sometimes they have specific ideas of what they want, other times they just trust me to write or improvise my own part or parts.