I am a session guitarist based in Montreal who does live and studio work. I will help you achieve your goals for your project, and make sure that your song sounds current and modern.
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Interview with Paco Mamouni
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
The M.A.Y.A Project I am very proud of this project, first because of the wonderful people i work with, and also because it's a very special singer. M.A.Y.A is an holographic realtime Singer, so for me being on stage playing guitar for a virtual singer is a crazy experience.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am the Music composer and Band director of the M.A.Y.A Project I'm also producing the futur album of a Moroccan R'n'B Artist Recording my 2 Parallel Albums, one instrumental, and one Groove Pop and i do Voice recordings for Audio/Visual projects and more.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Well, i like to say both, it always depends on what you are looking for. i like the precision of digital cleaning, and other crazy plugins. But i also prefer the heat and richness of the analog, so as long as i like what i hear, i'm happy.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Every detail count, professional sound quality guaranteed
What do you like most about your job?
It's the fact that i do not consider it as a job :)
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Do you use Auto-tune ? No.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
If i don't like it, i delete it and do it again.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I like to ask them if they have a specific image or a color that comes with the music.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Looking for a good musician and looking for a mix engineer may be 2 different things, but for me having them both in the same person is always a treasure, making noise sound musical is not only about gear or technics.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Any Guitar Audio recorder/Mixer Microphone Speakers Solar power supply :p
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started guitar at 9 years old Played in bands from 16 to 22 Started recording and producing at 21 and i believe i'm gonna keep learning as long as i can breath and hear
How would you describe your style?
Groovy Melodic Music I like to bring Groove and Percussions from the Acoustic Fingerpicking, support it with a fat Bass and Drums, and finally add Colors like Keyboards, Brass, ...
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would like to work with any artist that can make me feel any emotion.
Can you share one music production tip?
Less is more. And if you believe that you are a good reference, trust yourself when you listen, if you like it, people will do.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, Hip-Hop, EDM
What's your strongest skill?
Absolute Pitch Right hand groove Mixing abilities
What do you bring to a song?
A good sens of melodies and harmonies A rich and natural guitars well played at recording A best quality with minimum processing A different and interesting groove A strong and professional Mix
What's your typical work process?
Brainstorm about the idea, Find the best way to do it , Try it to understand it, Final Brainstorm and decisions, Boom.
Tell us about your studio setup.
MacBook Pro Retina ( CPU 2,7 Ghz Intel Core i7, 16 Go 1600 MHz DDR3 ) RME Babyface Pro Universal Audio S610 SOLO/610 Audiotechnica AT4040 Sure Sm57 JBL LSR305 Yamaha HS8 Audiotechnica ATH-M50x Komplete KONTROL S-49 Taylor Acoustic Guitar Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar Yamaha Classical Guitar Fender Reverb Deluxe Vintage reissue
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Jimmy Hendrix, David Gilmour, Avishai Cohen, John Mayer, John Zorn, Miles Davis, Infected Mushroom, Merkaba, Lex Luger, ...
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Guitar Sessions, Music Composition, Mixing Sessions, Vocal Tuning, Voice Over