Nicholas Gold- cellist
session cellist & contractor
My name is Nick Gold and I'm a cellist based in Nashville TN.
Cellist Nicholas Gold has been the winner of many diverse competitions and awards throughout the United States. The classical Voice of New England describes his playing as" precise and assured, seeming impeccable, He's clearly a musician to watch." Nicholas has also been a national finalist in the prestigious Music Teachers National Association and the American String Teacher?s Association?s solo string competitions.
As a first call session player in Nashville, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the worlds best musicians. Some artists have included: Kelly Clarkson, Yo-Yo Ma, Lionel Richie, Meghan Trainor, Reba, Garth Brooks, Kenny Loggins, the Nashville Symphony and the Nashville String Machine to name a few.
Nicholas can be heard on many video game sound tracks and movie/tv scores. Some more notable scores have been: The Last of Us, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Ori, Uncharted, The Unfinished Swan, Rachet and Clank, Resistance, Aliens and Sly Cooper.
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Interview with Nicholas Gold- cellist
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: All the projects I've been part of I have a sense of pride for. There have been only a few people that I've wanted to stab with my endpin, but I didn't do it! I only fantasized about it for my own amusement.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have multiple projects. Every day I strive to play the cello better though. I end up practicing many hours outside of work. My morning schedule is: coffee, scales and arpeggios, coffee/play with dogs, practice what I have on the plate for the week.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Unfortunately no, but I'd love to meet more people to recommend.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital... Cause thats what I got! Although I know a great Analog studio in Nashville that I could record at. Unfortunately it would cost more. :(
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To add my highest level and artistic stamp to each and every project.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Meeting new people and creating music with people.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Much of the time, clients want to know how long it will take to record. My answer is usually pretty accurate after seeing the project.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think it's easy. Cello is actually very difficult to play at a high level.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to get a sense of the client as a musician and what exactly they're looking for. I find myself to be a versatile musician, but when recording, it's not all about Nicholas Gold (me!). You should feel like you can use me as your musician puppet! I'm here to please the client.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please don't hesitate to ask questions.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Cello, Bow, Rosin, Strings, and Piano I would list recording equipment, but I don't think a desert island would have electricity...
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing piano since I was 4 and have practiced countless hours. I started cello when I was 9 years old. I went to college on a full tuition/room&board scholarship for cello. I studied with the cellist of the Juillard Quartet, Astrid Schween. In 2015, I performed a solo recital of the Bach Suites at Carnegie Hall. (I was happy to check that off of the bucket list!)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I guess my style would be considered classical. Although thats the foundation of where I've learned how to play the instrument.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: This sounds like such a cliche, but I'd love to play for Adele. I think the woman has an amazing voice, but sometimes the solo piano can be a little boring and simple. I think adding a lot of cello would help! (And no, I'm not an Adele fan... she's just one artist I've listened to and think she needs a little more... but who am I to say... the woman is killing it right now.)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I think one production tip would be staying focused on the project 24/7 and learning how to manage time properly. I find when you go into the studio without a clear outline of what should happen, sometimes you end up in a Black Hole.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Honestly, every day is different.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my strongest skill is perfection. Although sometimes the perfection can work against me with always wanting to be perfect. I think playing wise, I'm a cellist that has great intonation and tone. I'm always experimenting with the different colors of sound that the cello can produce.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I feel like I bring a unique sense of musicality that both has a background of classical, improv, jazz and rock. I feel ask though I'm a versatile musician. I feel just as comfortable on stage as playing in the studio.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For solo cello tracks that I record remotely, I usually start with mapping out multiple ideas by sitting at the piano and writing it out. Sometimes I just play by ear, but it all depends on how complex the song might be. If you have a chart already, I'll just sit down and record it like I do in the larger studios in Nashville.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an iMac and MacBook. My space is acoustically wonderful to record in. If there is every a piano required, I also have a Steinway M that has a wonderful and warm tone. I have various mics and preamps to work with. It all depends what you're looking for. I also have access to some of the best recording equipment needed depending on the project.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I could write a novel regarding what musicians have inspired me. I think anyone who expresses themselves through the art of music, is inspiring in my mind. Personally, classical music is what I spent much of my youth listening to. Yo-Yo Ma and Rostropovich were two figures I looked up to as a kid. I actually have two autographs from the both of them when I was a kid. It was a an honor later in life to perform with YoYo as an adult. I'm also a fan of the cellist Mischa Miasky. I have a beautiful Irish Setter that I named Mischa. (Primarily because of the crazy hair!)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm a fist call session player in Nashville. In addition to recording in the studio, I teach cello privately and often play with the Nashville Symphony.