Lacy Rostyak

Violinist, Violist, Mando

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recorded for: matt nathanson (string arranger/viola/vioin), dua lipa (live version for 'don't stop me now' - violin), rob thomas, indie films, soutwest airlines commercial, etc. toured with: gloria trevi, dodie, , 'dr. dre with orchestra', marco antonio solis

I specialize in 'twangy fiddle' sound or 'shmaltzy romantic' sound:

I can read/record an already written/arranged piece of music - or write my own arrangement/record & stack - or a solo line, or a comp-line. (whole notes/pads or 'chucking')

instruments: violin, viola, mandolin, vocals, guitar, piano

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with Lacy Rostyak

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: very proud of a newer song release with duo, "Gin & Lace" - 'beer with ice' songwriter, co-producer, performer (violin and vocals)

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: solo project and country-duo album.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Travis Raab, Ginny Luke

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: digital; because I don't know how to fuck with analog. ( wish I could; it's a better/more organic sound)

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: That you'll get what you were hoping for.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I do what I love - Music is all I know.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: "what is your rate?" - my answer varies depending on the project

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Not sure. I never ask others that question.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: what is your timeline, what is your goal with this song/album/ep?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: hire me. I'm the best. lol

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: violin, mando, guitar, clarinet - not much else because there's no where to plug in an interface or mic on a deserted island; only acoustic instruments would logically work, no?

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I've been playing music since I was 3 years old. It runs in my blood. Been performing since then - ranging from bluegrass fairgrounds to concert music halls in new york city; been writing songs on pinao/guitar since I was 16 - picked up viola along the way and toured with a mexican artist to really hone that skill; picked up mando along the way also for a high-profile audition.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: personal style: singer/songwriter/ emotional but can give whatever style the song needs depending on the project and aritst.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Kacey Musgraves; because she inspires me to be a songwriter

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: always save the original idea and use it as reference; even if it changes.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: lots of country music, instrumental/soundtrack vibe

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: my ear.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I bring whatever the artist needs me to bring.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: live with the song for a day or two - then start to write/arrange the part to record; depending on instrumentation.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have an at-home setup - midi controller, UA Arrow pre-amp, akg c4-14 condenser mic

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: violin and viola


Gear Highlights
  • akg c414 condenser mic
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