Your project is missing one very important thing. TUBA! Featured on over 70 album releases, theatre, television, commercial, game and film soundtracks, and at home in all genres, I can provide some unique character to your project, whatever the genre. I have a professional home studio setup, and can provide great sounding recordings.
Born in England in 1974, I began playing the tuba at age 13. I was soon playing in youth Symphony Orchestras, Wind Orchestras and Big Bands, and at 14 I began attending the Royal Academy of Music in London as a Junior Exhibitioner, where I studied with Paul Lawrence (London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra). Around this time, I was listening to a lot of classical music and heavy rock. At the age of 15, I attended a lecture recital and workshop given by the great American jazz tuba-player Howard Johnson. I can pinpoint that as a moment when my mind was opened to an infinite world of possibilities for my chosen instrument, and I began experimenting with sound, improvisation and playing in unconventional settings.
In 1992, I attended Goldsmith's College, University of London, where I studied with David Powell (London Sinfonietta, Loose Tubes). After graduation, I began a freelance performing career, and I've been lucky enough to be the tuba-player of choice for a huge range of artists and musical styles. In 2007, after 15 years as a professional musician based in London, I moved to Tokyo, where my musical life has gone from strength to strength. In addition to my session and live support work, I also run my own projects FU-CHING-GIDO and Music For Isolation.
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9 ReviewsEndorse Gideon Juckes
Needed a tuba track laying down from a guide, Gideon was super quick and delivered exactly what we were looking for. Great service and would highly recommend Gideon
Truly a master of control of his instrument, definitely recommend!
Perfect performance and unbelievably quick turnaround.
Gideon added dome lovely tuba to my arrangement and it added depth and color to the mix. He's such a great player and just a lovely guy. The recordings were clean and clear and I got them back super fast. Highly, highly, VERY highly recommended. Thanks, Gideon.
Gideon added a great Tuba line for a track all within 24 hours. Quick service & high quality work. A true professional.
Pleasure working with Gideon, the tuba sounds great!
Gideon is a great Tuba player. The recording went very well. I would definitely recommend him. Hope to work again with Gideon soon.
Working with Gideon was amazing! Great sound and timely delivery (even recording through an earthquake!). He knew exactly what I wanted and the tracks turned out perfect. Highly recommend his playing, will return for more in the future :)
Interview with Gideon Juckes
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm particularly proud of my own projects, FU-CHING-GIDO and MUSIC for ISOLATION. Check out 「３」by FU-CHING-GIDO : https://open.spotify.com/album/0837ebxMQiiOBKv0sb6qwZ And MUSIC for ISOLATION : https://open.spotify.com/artist/3YsP0fEZrYNdXexzu93vyK
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: The new album "MUSIC for ISOLATION Volume II" is out on July 7th. We have a launch party on July 8th, which is live streaming here: https://musicforisolation.bandcamp.com/merch/music-for-isolation-the-new-album-release-live
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No, I'm new in town, sorry.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A tuba is analog!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll do my best, and also endeavour to have your session finished as quickly as possible.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music is life!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is the instrument in C? Tuba scores are written in bass clef, in C at pitch. The pitch of instrument is up to the player, the score is always written in C, at pitch.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Midi tuba sounds can be very different to what the real instrument sounds like, so that's something to bear in mind. Also a tuba rarely plays with the edge of a bass trombone. Also, we can play quietly, high and melodic too!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Which gain levels are required is a good question, as I tend to keep to a safe -10db. Some clients feel that is quiet, others feel it is too loud. So it's good to discuss that before recording.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please come prepared with a clear idea of what you need, a recording to play to, and a score.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A tent, a water purification system, a fishing rod, a case of rum and my tuba.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began playing the tuba when I was 13, and after one note, I realised it was something I wanted to do forever! I studied at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Exhibitioner's course in London, followed by a Bachelor of Music degree at Goldsmith's College, University of London. Since then I have been a professional musician for 26 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I play the tuba.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: People with open minds and ideas.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overdo stereo spacing. I find that very small amounts of difference in panning go a long way. Hard panning very rarely works out sounding good in my experience,
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: See the first question above!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: You'd have to ask the people I've recorded for!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My sound and musical sense.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Since the job is always different, it's hard to say what is typical! But if I'm providing tuba for a project, I am grateful to receive instructions, a .wav file of the music, and usually a score. I'll then record the part and send it back to the client.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: After experimenting, I have settled on Logic Pro X, and a stereo mic which I find gives the best results. For mixing and mastering, I use Logic with a set of Yamaha MSP5 monitor speakers.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by so many great musicians, and the list is constantly changing. If I had to generalise, I would say I admire musicians who listen!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm lucky to have recorded in very diverse musical situations. I've been called on to play for Film and TV soundtracks, Game music, TV commercials, Ballet, theatre, Rock bands, jazz groups, pop albums. I love the diversity of the work, and the fact that I am asked to provide something different each time. I get a lot of satisfaction from being able to blend in and support the music, while bringing my own character to the project.