I'm a sax-player and flutist, composer, arranger and didgeridoo-player. Several prizes where awarded for my huge diversity in musical styles, sounds and compositions. I studied popular music in Zurich / Switzerland and Leipzig / Germany plus a scholarship for the Skidmore Jazz Institue in Saratoga Springs / USA.
I'm a pro sax-, flute- and digeridoo-player and composer / arranger from Leipzig, Germany. I have a little studio-space here, called the "g-box" where I can easily record the instruments I play.
The stylistic work I did so far ranges from Jazz, Funk and Rock to Pop, World- and Dance-Music.
In the field of composition I am working on my own music and projects mainly. The style is a mixture of Jazz-funk and world-music, mostly instrumental sounds.
Arrangements I did in the past range from duos, sax-quartets and Musical-style ensembles to Big Bands and wind-orchestras.
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Interview with grosskopf
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: 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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: 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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 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 ;-)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My sound, emotion and passion
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: 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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz, Pop & Rock
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Open your ears!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artist who is open to all kinds of music and sounds and who has the passion to develop and bring the music further.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: 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.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Sax Flute Didgeridoo Computer and microphone to do recordings
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be sure I work fast, with passion and trying my best to transform your ideas into sound.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 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?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: none....so far
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you also play the trumpet? No! (That's no joke!)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The diversity in sound, needs and peolple I work with.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You'll get professional work done!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because I have my experience is good in this field.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: String-arrangements for my project TablaScoop.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: 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.