Bill Small

Session Musician and Producer.

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35+ years of performing and studio experience. Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, producer, member of Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros. I love singers and songs. Need help with your recording? I'd love to help you get it sounding fantastic.

I'm a singer first and have deep experience as a session and harmony singer. I play bass and guitar as well. I've produced several records for Texas singer-songwriters, and have released 5 solo albums and several singles. I think making records is a gas! I'd love to help you with yours.

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Interview with Bill Small

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

  2. A: I am singing harmonies on the most recent Johnny Nicholas record. Johnny is a music legend here in Texas. He's had an amazing career, and I'm beyond amazed that I get to make music with him.

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

  4. A: I'm working on recording and releasing a pile of my own songs, and a couple of tracks for other artists.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both. Because... both.

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

  8. A: I'll always be in communication with you, and do what I say I'll do.

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

  10. A: Making records is a blast!

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

  12. A: That it's easy. That anyone can do it.

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

  14. A: What do you need? When do you need it? What's your budget?

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

  16. A: Try to be clear about what you want, but also be flexible so there's room for interpretation and creative expression.

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

  18. A: My Gibson J-45. That's it.

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

  20. A: I've been performing, writing and playing professionally for 35 years.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: As a singer, I can be VERY stylistically flexible. As a bass player, well... I'm a guitar player first so I like to hold down a great groove! As a guitar player, I've played a lot of blues and songwriter stuff.

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

  24. A: I always wanted to be in Tom Petty's band. Need I say why? There's so many artists it would be fun to work with. Top of mind right now is Dallas Greene / City and Colour.

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

  26. A: Don't over think it.

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

  28. A: Mostly what might be called "singer-songwriter"music. Having said that, my experience runs the gamut from there to blues, r&b, country and rock.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: I'm a singer first.

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

  32. A: As a harmony singer, I feel my role is to find the tonal qualities that best support the lead singer and the production of the track. I bring decades of experience to the table, and that helps me find the right sound, and the right part for the tune.

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

  34. A: I like to hear the song, talk about what you're looking for, and if I feel like I can make it happen, shoot me some audio files and I'll knock it out. I like to have a week turnaround, but I'm also happy to work with whatever your timeline is.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I have a very streamlined mobile system at home. A UAD Apollo Twin interface, MacBook running Logic, and a Warm Audio U47 microphone. I also have access to a full production pro-tools studio with more gear than I can list.

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

  38. A: There are so many! I've been really into Aimee Mann, City and Colour, and Thomas Dybdahl lately.

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

  40. A: Since the pandemic, I've mostly been providing bass and vocal tracks. As a session musician I have the most experience as a singer, bass and guitar player.

Gear Highlights
  • UAD Apollo Twin
  • Logic
  • Warm Audio U47
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