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
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on recording and releasing a pile of my own songs, and a couple of tracks for other artists.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Because... both.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll always be in communication with you, and do what I say I'll do.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making records is a blast!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy. That anyone can do it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you need? When do you need it? What's your budget?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try to be clear about what you want, but also be flexible so there's room for interpretation and creative expression.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Gibson J-45. That's it.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been performing, writing and playing professionally for 35 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
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.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't over think it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
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.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a singer first.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There are so many! I've been really into Aimee Mann, City and Colour, and Thomas Dybdahl lately.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.