(First? THIS place? is magic, is all, ye know. ) AND, I DO NOT LIKE ALL THIS " I AM A PRODUCER STUFF!! " CAN THEY ACTUALLY PLAY??? I have over 40 years professional experience, playing from classical to jazz to folk, blues, reggie, rock, you name it. Classically trained at the Royal Academy for Music. Tired of the rest? Hire the best.
2nd do the maths? You want violin? I give you violin, viola, whatever, easy.
I just love to play!!!! Yep I started playing violin at 10 years of age, won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Music to study classical violin at age 10.(Full time age 14)
I was leader of my first classical orchestra at 15 years of age and played solo with many after that. I guess you know two? Pink Floyd, and StuttagarterKammerOrchester?
I played in Jazz bands, Irish & Scottish folk bands, have recorded for Singer/Songwriters and you will hear my violin on more CDs than I can say! (Those in the "know" know who I am)
I had over 800 five star reviews of my work on other sites around the internet, (but now ONLY work on soundbetter) -sorry, no amateurs. just google me: "William Stewart Violinist"
You will find many sites, my videos, music etc! These "other" sites can be used as reference, if you wish to hire me please do so through Soundbetter! :-)
if you wish viola, cello, bass, guitar? ask
I don't cheat.I will be happy to do what u need. I don't say blah BUT I have won first prize, (REALLY) in many international violin competitions, whilst at the Royal Academy, and after... What i do is play violin. I do what YOU want! read my reviews.
I look forward to hearing your music!
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199 Reviews - 25 Repeat ClientsEndorse theviolinist
William played multiple violin and viola harmonies on our orchestral score and everything turned out beautifully. Great job once again.
Liam has really excelled himself this time! He's done a brilliant job in transforming a very personal song of mine! Thanks, Liam!
William is a fabulous professional. He has been adding many layers of violin and viola to our score and everything sounds amazing. Great job.
More great work from Liam, simply the best violinist with whom to work!
William played viola and violin to my notation and he did a brilliant job! He is always a pleasure to work with and such an ear for music.
William played multiple viola and violin lines to my orchestral score and he did an outstanding job!
William played multiple violin and viola to my notation and to fill out a string section and it sounds amazing in the mix. I always appreciate working with William.
William is an incredible viola and violin player. He played multiple parts on our song and it sounds 'Amazing!'
A pleasure to work with as always!
Yet more excellent work from Liam! Thank you, Diaspora music just would NOT be the same without you!
William was so great to work with. He even threw in some extra Viola parts to my composition that really spiced up the song.
Would definitely work with him again!
More excellent work from Liam. I would not use any other violinist!
Yet another terrific piece of work, Liam. I couldn't do the Diaspora stuff without you!
William played multiple violin and viola parts on my song and collaborated with me on various takes and versions until we got it right. Great job again.
William is amazing at his craft. He knows mixing and the technology so well and he helped me with my mixes with this order to get them just right. Great job once again William - 5 stars!
Brilliant viola and violin playing. William beautifully played viola and violin to my meditative piano track and the result is gold.
William played violin to my lead piano on a meditation track and I am very pleased with the final results. William is professional and very talented. :) Great job again.
Another great job by William. Quality skills, service and value! Thank you!
Another excellent job from Liam! Thank you! I'll be back with more tracks soon!!!
Liam is my only choice for strings work. He is a brilliant musician and totally professional and he adds so much to my songs. Thanks, Liam!
Interview with theviolinist
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anyone can not only play the violin, but knows how to record it! Recording a violin is not easy. Knowing your mic,software, and how your playing has to fit with the mix is really, really important. Knowing about levels, 24bit against 16 bit, noise levels (or, in my case a totally clean signal!).. all these things are really important and a lot of people seem to think that if you play well you can make a good enough sound to go on their record. duh! The violin must be recorded correctly, first!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have used all the DAWs, Cubase, Sonar, Logic etc etc... recently I changed from Ableton Live 9 to Reaper. This was forced upon me! I was gigging in Ethiopia and my laptop crashed. I had to borrow a laptop. It was a Mac. And I had to continue my internet work! The only program that allowed me to do that right away was Reaper. No huge expensive install, and it did everything I needed. When I got back home I started to learn Reaper. Man, I am amazed at what one can do with this software. For me, the quality of the sound is utmost and Reaper allows me to record the way I hear the music. Perfectly. Fast. Rendering is fast and extremely flexible, something I also need. Then, I use mainly a DPA 4099v for the violin. I have and can use large diaphragm mics, but the sound of the DPA with the way I know how to play makes a sound that is real easy to fit into a mix. I love this mic! I now also use an LUFS meter so I can deliver iTunes etc ready mixes if desired. :-)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I play more or less anything, within reason, and will refuse work that I don't think is up to scratch. I have played most genres and it works like this: I receive an mp3 and a request to add violin. Sometimes the customer sends only the mp3, other times a pdf of the score, and or a midi file with the notes. If I have the notes I will read them. If not I memorize or transcribe and then play. Yet other times I am requested to "just do my thing." This is what I really love to do. Just improvise to music. That is where the magic happens!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: That last one, the Nocturne. The composer send a request, including a pdf of the violin score. I "knew" he would order so I started to practice the (difficult) piece. Thirty minutes later I got the order, and had already practiced the piece. I still love to listen to it. Excellent violinistic writing and great music. I also then improvised whole sections,which he loved, and he is working on a second version of his music, with my improvs in there too!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started at age 10. Entered the Royal Academy on a scholarship at age 14. Left there at 18 having gigged in the best orchestras as an "extra", led orchestras in Germany, Scotland, etc, toured the world as a classical violinist. I then stopped that, programmed computers in Switzerland (all the time making my own music) then started playing jazz violin. I toured with my own jazz band for years, all the time being asked to play this, play that. I joined a gypsy jazz band as violinist in France and toured with them. The many, many requests did not stop, so, and so, that is what I do now. I get to make really diverse music with great people. Wonderful!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be specific. Don't tell me "play like an angel here." Tell me you want this part sounding agressive, calm, beautiful, like a sunrise on top of a mountain when you are alone in the world. Tell me where and for how long, exactly as you can. Then, trust me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: violin, laptop with Reaper installed (or on a USB stick!!), DPA mic, soundcard, a box with endless electricity!! Good to go! (the laptop would have all of Spectrasonics installed, Trilian, Omnisphere and RMX)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have a violin promo video to make, to sell a violin for a company in Singapore. I just finished recording "Nocture for Violin and Drone" by a Swedish composer. Great stuff!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Just joined.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Silly question why. You cannot get past electronics.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Quality. Music that fits theirs. Great violin playing.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The freedom! Playing so many different types of music. Learning new music every day. A total education.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They ask me (IF they ask) why am I so expensive compared to "others". I tell them: go listen to the others. Then come back to me. :-)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I refer to my previous answers.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is your style.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ha! I would LOVE to record with the French artist Lara Fabian. Her voice is amazing on many, many videos. And the songs she sings "Je suis Malade" comes to mind. :-)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Let the punishment fit the crime, as they say. Listen to the music, listen to the customer's wish, and play/record accordingly. The cusomer is, in this case, mostly, right!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Any style, seriously!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill? I love music, I love the violin, I love recording the violin, hearing that beautiful sound and people going "wow!"
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring passion, vast musical experience, great technical skill, a desire for perfection (nothing leaves me without me being satisfied enough to put my name to it). I bring a love for music and knowledge of HOW to record a violin to get the best sound for the mix. This is gold!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen, then record. It is that simple! Sometimes, depending on the song, I will just hit record and play along as I listen for the first time. If the music is well written one can hear where it is going to go and improvising is easy. These are some of the best "takes" when the magic arrives.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by anyone who plays well and makes that "special" sound on their instrument.