Hello there, my name is Tommaso Ermolli and I am a guitarist, songwriter and producer from Italy. Some of my credits include studio albums with Virgil Donati, Gavin Harrison, Robin Olson and Tina Guo of the Hollywood Studio Symphony a Frontiers Records and Lion Music. I also write music for visual media. The recording studio is my natural habitat.
I can provide a wide range of services.
I can record acoustic and electric guitars, tracking through high-quality gear. I can also arrange tracks from demo to finished songs.
If you have an orchestral score with poor-quality midi sounds (or a song that need orchestral parts) I can do a midi mock-up and have it sound more like a real orchestra.
If you have any other task in mind that's not listed here, hit me up anyway and we'll talk about it.
Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.
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Interview with Tommaso Ermolli
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm usually asked to turn a raw demo into a fully produced song. I like to understand your initial idea, the artists you like and build on that.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I like all sorts of music productions, from a live band feel to modern electronic productions. I can span from Max Martin to Rick Rubin to Calvin Harris.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Here's a list of my gear. - Universal Audio Apollo Twin - Dynaudio speakers - Apple Macbook Pro - Gibson guitars - Taylor guitars - Neumann mics - AKG mics - UAD plug-ins - Waves plug-ins - Eventide plug-ins - Eventide hardware
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to chat with my client about his ideas, his taste and his goals. Then start working on his song, send him a version and go on from there.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my experience as a guitar player, producer and arranger.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Having a career as composer for visual media, I'm also able to orchestrate and that gives me, in parallel, an ability to see the big picture in a song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My range is pretty wide. from modern pop, soul, EDM to orchestral music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't over arrange your music. Space distribution is key. The interlocking of frequencies is art but science, too.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work Corrado Rustici. He was one of my early influences as a young musician.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a big bowl of mixed stuff from the BB King to Jay Z.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar at 11 yrs old, circa. In the first decade of my career I mainly played on studio albums for Frontiers Records and Lion Music with great musicians such as Virgil Donati, Rufus Philpot, Dennis Ward. I then started to work on writing music for visual media by writing scores for docs, installations and adverts for Zeiss, Honda, SkyTV and more. Now I like to do both sides of fence. Screen music and non-screen music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My speakers (one couple is 1 item, right?). My Apollo Twin audio interface. A guitar. A bloody good microphone. My laptop.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to what I've done in the past and have a chat with me about what you're looking for.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you have? What's your goal?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest one is that people like me can or should make you sound like someone famous.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They usually ask me how I'd go about their productions and I like to answer that every production is different and that's the beauty of it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like to know new people and spend time in the studio.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We'll go forward until they're happy.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Digital has freedom and re-calling. Analog has warmth and tridimensionality.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Jay Stapley. He was a teacher of mine back in London and he's a great provider of guitar sessions and mixing!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My latest deal was with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). I'm curating music and sound design for their divulgative videos.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The work I'm most proud of, is an unpublished one. I was asked to record a guitar solo for Andrea Bocelli's latest album "Sì" but then the song was severely shortened and didn't make the final edit. It was a great experience to be involved anyway.