Bringing over 30 years of slide guitars, funky stings and general 'six string soul additive' to the table for your tracks! Sound good? Can't wait to hear your basics and overdub some tracks to complete your 'song vision'!
Guitarist, Producer and BMI composer with three album releases (all on Blue Fountain Records) spread across iTunes, Spotify and Pandora. Also have multiple TV & film sync placements on MTV, VH-1, NBC, ABC. My style is a mixture of rock/funk/blues/R&B traditions. Let’s rock!
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Interview with Guitars by Tony Bellantoni
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is a hybrid of Analog/Digital components. I work and create on a large format analog console with industry standard tube mic pres and compressors, then print audio directly to a separate hard drive. High quality mics include AKG, Royer, Shure.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a mixture rock, blues and funk traditions with an edge!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Record an electric guitar part ‘acoustically’ as well as miking it through an amp.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually rock- blues- funk- R&B- hip hop.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "I'm not sure what the guitar parts should be...What do you think?" Let me take a listen and come up with some parts for you!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was the 'music coordinator' working rehearsals for the 'Atlantic 40th Anniversary' show and got a chance to work along side Jimmy Page..that was crazy!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Pre-production for my 4th album.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: a hybrid because the warmth of analog is unbeatable and the ease of editing with digital is inescapable.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That the parts I record for your song will enhance it and bring it to life, resulting in a fantastic listening experience for everyone once it's mixed.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The smiles when the project is complete.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How do you position yourself as an artist. What feel are you going for in your song(s). What should the listener get out of your song.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: There are some terrific pros on Soundbetter--anyone looking to hire a provider should try to match a pro's style and vibe with how you envision your song upon completion.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender Telecaster, Taylor Acoustic, Fender Blues Jr amp, a generator, an iPhone!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have a degree in music from NYU and have been playing guitar for over 30 years. Over the years, I have worked in broadcasting and pro audio where I was fortunate enough to work along side main stream artists and engineers.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Take a long hard listen to the basic tracks, chat with the artist, then develop guitar parts that can enhance the vocal and entire presentation/vibe of the song.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Love the Black Keys, Black Pumas, Lana Del Rey, Radiohead and just about anything produced by Kevin Shirley.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Rhythm and lead/slide guitar parts.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Steven Tyler because his creativity in the studio never ceases to amaze me.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening and creating parts based on what the artist/songwriter envisions.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Honesty. Vibe. Feel.