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.
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Interview with Ryan Hernandez
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Hans Eberbach who's an amazing singer and the one who told me about this site.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on material for a new YouTube Channel. 'Ryan Hernandez'
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Session Work, Vocal Recording, Youtube Video Covers
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andrew Bird, Ray Lamontagne, Eric Heywood, Sting, Punch Brothers
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Zoom H8, Gauge Condensor, Final Cut Pro, Go Pro Hero 4 Silver, Neumann 105, Shure 87a, Various Intruments
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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
Q: What's your strongest skill?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B, Pop, Folk, Indie
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: You're only as good as your gear...invest in yourself.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would say my style is a mixture of Pop/Soul vocals with folk/indie style instrumentation
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, Violin, Banjo, Mandolin...No miss needed
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are you looking for a specific sound? Do you give an artist any freedom or creative control?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What do I charge? My answer is "what exactly are you looking for?"
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to play music full-time. I also enjoy doing different things for each gig.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll do my best to give you the best bang for your buck and work with you to get it right!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: We've come so far with digital but Analog has a pure sound thats hard to beat.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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