Versatile multi-genre violinist and string arranger. Internationally toured and tested.
Performer, recording artist, composer; David Grubb’s ability to bridge genres has made him a flexible and valuable musician. Primarily a violinist, he has worked with the likes of Novo Amor, Hailaker, Toby Hay, and Darren Eedens. As a touring musician he has had the pleasure of working in North America, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand, and has performed at prestigious festivals and venues such as Union Chapel (London), Bowery Ballroom (NYC), SXSW, and Cambridge Folk Festival.
Services include anything from solo violin lines to full string parts, in an array of genres. David is classical trained and was brought up on Scottish folk music; this early adoption of different styles has led him to play pop, rock, country, bluegrass, jazz, you name it. As a trained musician he is a proficient music reader, and has composed music for full orchestra. From his humble home studio he has the ability to write and record music to a professional standard.
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Interview with David Grubb
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm extremely proud of the work I did on Novo Amor's debut album, Birthplace. We worked on arrangements together and I suggested a lot of ideas that made it into the final project.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm writing some original instrumental music for my next solo venture. It's top secret though, shhh, don't tell anyone.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I've never had a disappointed client, I promise you'll get the results you want.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to do what I love everyday, and share it with likeminded creatives. It's exciting!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you wear a kilt?..
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: My professionalism may come across very serious at times, but I'm a good laugh once you know me.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Flexibility is key.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a working musician for around a decade. I aim to build on what I've achieved and work with big artists in the music industry.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Genre Fusion
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Phoebe Bridgers, her music lends itself so well to strings in a way that really pushes the flexibility of the instruments.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk, Pop, Indie, and Country.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm not afraid to experiment with new ideas.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Extensive knowledge of string instruments, and extensive experience arranging for multiple genres.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My method is flexible; I often work together with the artist to try out different sounds, but equally I can deliver a project working alone.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a humble home studio featuring a modern Mac with Logic X, SSL 2+, and two Line Audio CM4 microphones.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I frequently write and record strings parts for other artists.