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Song writing, vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, composition and arrangement
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Interview with Eric McCloskey
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My first album that I put on Spotify I did in isolation during a difficult time in my life. I am very proud of the work I did on that project, and it will always be special to me.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A project called 'Candyman' a Pop Album with a mixed bag of clean electric guitar, big bass and drums, and cathy, but soulful lyrics - sometimes whispered, sometimes shouted. See 'Tasteful' - now streaming ;)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Glenn Davis
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: My head is in the clouds, but my heart will always follow analog beat.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: It will be 'Tasteful'
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Coffee. And the writing process.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Music is super subjective and somewhat vague at times. The most commonly asked question is, "What do you think about how this or that sounds?" and then listening and providing feedback. Usually my answer is to play the part back over and over. And to ask more questions about what kind of 'feel' we want for the song.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't know how to answer this
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you prefer working based on a model of split streaming revenue or up-front payment? Are you adverse to both? Do you know how that works? Is that even a thing?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would not presume to have advice for a customer looking to hire me. I only hope to have the skill set they need.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Guitar, A Notebook, A bottle of whiskey, Maracas, and an xlr cable (this answer was supposed to a joke right)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been independently playing and recording music since 2003' first as The Knits and now as Bærtrum. I'm hoping that through digital collaboration in spaces like these, I might be able to make music full time. Cheers!
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kanye West because I love his music
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If it sounds good it is good
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A curious mind and a passion for making and listening to new music
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually start with things I write, small 'poems' and then piece together a loose cadence based on the meter I am feeling. Sometimes there is a melody that comes out, sometimes I have a riff or melody I picked up while practicing and piece them together. But my process seems to always begin and end with writing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a condenser mic, a midi keyboard, an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar. My DAW is Logic Pro X
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too many to count. Anyone that makes music - it's the largest collaborative community of active listeners. If you're trying I feel like you are inspiring me to try more too.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Vocals, Guitar, Jingles, Song-writing, Composition & Arrangement