Ryan Hernandez

Vocalist, Guitarist, Violinist

Ryan Hernandez on SoundBetter

I am a Vocalist/Multi-intrumentalist from Sacramento, Ca. I play Guitar (mainly rhythm and some lead)...I can play Bass (electric and upright)...I play piano, violin and most recently Pedal Steel and Banjo. I have been playing professionaly for over 10 years, I am a relativley younger guy (31.)

I am available for hire as a vocalist or instrumentalist. Here is a recent video I made with my bassist.


I have pro gear and am very reliable.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Interview with Ryan Hernandez

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

  2. A: I normally do a lot of covers but more recently, I made a video with a side group of friends called 'The Story Painters' and we do all originals...its especially fun when you can work on original material. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIjY7PY7KIU

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: We've come so far with digital but Analog has a pure sound thats hard to beat.

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

  6. A: I'll do my best to give you the best bang for your buck and work with you to get it right!

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

  8. A: I get to play music full-time. I also enjoy doing different things for each gig.

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

  10. A: What do I charge? My answer is "what exactly are you looking for?"

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

  12. A: It's hard to take someone serious who plays too many instruments. I'll admit that I'm much better at some things than others but you have to start somewhere.

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

  14. A: Are you looking for a specific sound? Do you give an artist any freedom or creative control?

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

  16. A: Do your research and really find the right person for you. I'd be the first to say if I wasn't right for a project.

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

  18. A: My Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, Violin, Banjo, Mandolin...No miss needed

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

  20. A: I have always wanted to play music full time. i've never been much of person who wants to be the lead in the group or the main guy...as a musician, I've always found more joy in being a high end sound man. someone who can sings well but still play multiple instruments well and bring variety.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: I would say my style is a mixture of Pop/Soul vocals with folk/indie style instrumentation

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

  24. A: Eric Heywood who is my favorite pedal steel player. He's different from the typical Nashville players who only like flashy licks...I like when theres feeling/emotion and he brings that to all his sessions.

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

  26. A: You're only as good as your gear...invest in yourself.

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

  28. A: R&B, Pop, Folk, Indie

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: It sounds cheesy but my voice is the strongest instrument I have. I've also been playing guitar for 15 years...I'm comfortable with all of the other things I play.

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

  32. A: I like to add color to the sound...I can also add soul to the vocals. Here's an example of a song session I did with a friend. He told me what to sing and gave me free reign to do what I felt was right for the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSUgtczO4sI

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

  34. A: I'm very good at hearing something a client wants and playing it back how they hear it but also open to make creative suggestions if needed.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: Zoom H8, Gauge Condensor, Final Cut Pro, Go Pro Hero 4 Silver, Neumann 105, Shure 87a, Various Intruments

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: Andrew Bird, Ray Lamontagne, Eric Heywood, Sting, Punch Brothers

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

  40. A: Session Work, Vocal Recording, Youtube Video Covers

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

  42. A: I am currently working on material for a new YouTube Channel. 'Ryan Hernandez'

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

  44. A: Hans Eberbach who's an amazing singer and the one who told me about this site.

Blackbird by The Beatles

I was the Everything in this production

Terms Of Service

I play music full time and have most weekdays open...turn around time should be with in 2-3 days tops.

Gear Highlights
  • RME Fireface
  • Neumann 105
  • Gauge Condensor Mic
  • Martin OMJM
  • Pedulla Rapture
  • German/Czech Upright Bass
  • Fender Blues Deluxe
  • Dekley E9 Pedal Steel
  • Fender Tele Deluxe
  • Recording King RK-35 Banjo
  • Moog Taurus Pedals
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