Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
TablaScoop "Scoop" The first studio-album I composed for, played sax, flute, bansuri and didge on, recorded and edited the music, mixed and mastered the sound. Finally it was released on my own label.
What are you working on at the moment?
String-arrangements for my project TablaScoop.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital, because I have my experience is good in this field.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
You'll get professional work done!
What do you like most about your job?
The diversity in sound, needs and peolple I work with.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you also play the trumpet? No! (That's no joke!)
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What's your vision for the song?
What do you need the song / my part to sound like?
Will the songs be for an ad, TV, the movies or for an album?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be sure I work fast, with passion and trying my best to transform your ideas into sound.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Computer and microphone to do recordings
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I'm a pro in music since more than 20 years. I began playing music in wind-orchestras and rock-bands alike. Then I studied saxophone and arrangement in jazz and rock in Switzerland and Germany, got several awards for my plalying and composing. Besides that I recorded ad produced about 8 albums with my own projects ranging from Jazz, Funk and Rock to Worldmusic and pop. I'm also into teaching sax and flute a lot and am the author of three method books.
How would you describe your style?
When it comes to my music projects I love having lots of freedom in playing, like improvisations and creating sounds around a nice melody and harmony. I need to have a great groove and/or great soundscapes. I love the mixture of acoustic sounds and instruments and electronic effects and instruments.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Any artist who is open to all kinds of music and sounds and who has the passion to develop and bring the music further.
Can you share one music production tip?
Open your ears!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Jazz, Pop & Rock
What's your strongest skill?
I think I'm able to get into the heart of a song quite fast and I know where to add my sound and where not to.
What do you bring to a song?
My sound, emotion and passion
What's your typical work process?
This depends on the project I'm working on. But mainly I listen to the music extensively to get a clue what the sound is about, what the music is maybe lacking and where I'm coming in and can add some value to the music.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a small, what you might call a "home-studio". That's what it looks like:
ASUS PC with Cubase and Wavelab
Tascam US-322 Audio Interface
2x Rode M5 microphones
1x RodeNT-1A microphone
plus a pair of god ears ;-)
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I can say that I'm veryinspired by artists like John Coltrane and Miles Davis, Prince and David Bowie. I love the work of norwegian trumper-player Nils Petter Molvaer.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The main musical styles im into are jazz, rock and funk. I'm mostly into playing and compsing inthese styles, but also arranging for different line-ups and producng and mixing the music.