I am a session guitarist who does live and studio work. I strive to help you achieve your goals for your project, and, if you're going for radio, or pitching a demo to someone who is, then I strive to make sure that your song sounds current and modern as per what is seen in the Top 40 charts for your style of music right now!

Paul is a session guitar player who has spent his fair share of time in the studio and on the road. He's known for his ability to perform skillfully within many different genres, in many different musical situations, and all the while making his top priorities creating a comfortable environment for the clients, and helping them make their record or performance sound as they have always wanted it to sound. These skills have helped him be fortunate enough to work with artists, engineers, and producers such as Robert L Smith (Aerosmith, Lady Gaga, David Gilmour, Glee), Eric McCormack (Will and Grace, Family Guy, American Dad), Loren Gold (The Who), Tyler Stewart (The Barenaked Ladies), Murray Foster (Great Big Sea), Blood Diamonds(Universal), Benji who is on Tiësto’s label Musical Freedom, R. Anthony (The Voice), Jason Dunn (Sony Music) from the band Hawk Nelson, Chris Buck Band (Royalty/Sony Music), Tommy Mac (Hedley), Dean Maher (ACDC, Slayer, Elton John), Paul Shatto (Chad Brownlee, The Higgins), Dani and Lizzy(604/Sony) Karen Lee Batten, Robyn and Ryleigh (Royalty Records/Sony Music), and many more.

He is also a two time BCCMA award winner and a final ballot 'Guitar Player of the Year' Nominee and has played large festivals, done Radio/TV performances, and opened for artists such as, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Randy Houser, Sam Hunt, High Valley, and many more.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Marshall Superlead
  • PWE Event Horizon 3
  • EVH 5150 III
  • Marshall JCM 800 Cab
  • Wizard 2x12 Cab
  • Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst
  • Fender Broadcaster
  • Two Fender Telecasters
  • Gibson Flying V
  • Early 70s Guild
  • A million pedals
  • Fender Twin Reverb

Genres I specialize in

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Reviews of Paul Kinman

  • Default-avatar28 days agoby Verified Review

    Paul is a great guy. Always has a positive attitude and is very easy to work with. He's fast to respond and gave me alot of options for my track and he was always open to new ideas.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Paul Kinman is one of the best guitar player here and he is easy to communicate, willing to work with me and listen to my requirement. The guitar track is excellent and A++++ ! world class ! Thank you again !

  • Listing_thumb_don_photo_3about 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Another great experience with Paul. Very creative and punctual, not to mention so very personable. Qualities that will keep me coming back!!
    Thanks Paul

  • Listing_thumb_don_photo_3about 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Paul is such a great find..what a gem!! A talented and truly professional musician. His turn around time was ridiculously fast. I will definitely look forward to working with him many more times in the future..Thanks Paul!!! Don

  • Listing_thumb_mark_lukey_dork_hat2 months agoby Verified Review

    Paul is amazing. I asked the impossible from him he delivered! And, with a sore mouth ( he had just got his wisdom teeth pulled!).
    The impossible job? I needed him to copy and re-record a complicated solo in the style is was originally played but in time and without mistakes. He responded quickly, professionally and he delivered a great product!

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby Verified Review

    Paul is a great guy to work with. I'm a repeat customer, and every time I work with Paul, he has a great habit of over-communicating to make sure he gets it right and updates me regularly with progress and offers to do revisions to make sure the job is perfect. He's a pleasure to work with!

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby Verified Review

    Great approach and comms. Paul really nailed the requirement and I highly recommend his services.

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby Verified Review

    I liked working with Paul. He thrives on communication and did an amazing job implementing my ideas. I would highly recommend and I would definitely work with him again. Great Job!

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby Verified Review

    I've now had the pleasure of working with Paul on multiple jobs and projects, and he has delivered every time. He is fast, a clear communicator, and he made sure I was satisfied with the work and offered revisions, even when I didn't request them. Paul is the man!

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby Verified Review

    Paul is awesome. He was a pleasure to work with throughout the project. He communicated extremely well, asked for feedback, and delivered great work. Thanks, Paul!

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Amazing musician, plus very friendly and helpful - guides you to the right direction. One take is all it took - that should speak for itself! Thanks mate!

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Paul delivered once again adding solid guitar tracks to three songs at a competitive price. Third time is a charm and really enjoy working with him.

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Second job with Paul and he really delivered. I had some uncertainties about the direction and needed a fresh approach and Paul delivered by interpreting what I needed. Very great with incorporating feedback. Can't wait to work together again.

  • Default-avatar10 months agoby Verified Review

    Paul was completely attentive to the finer parts of this track and gladly performed retakes and rethinks based on feedback. The tracks were varied and rich giving me a great palette to build this song. Thanks, Paul!

  • Default-avatar10 months agoby Verified Review

    Paul once again proved to be the ultimate professional...he's quick, concise, patient, and on our latest song, I think he pulled off his best work yet. Seriously, I can't wait to share this song with the world, and I think Paul's lead guitar work stands shoulder to shoulder with the guys you see in Guitar World...where he'll be one day, too!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Once again, Paul nailed it! This is my third time working with Paul, and he put down a killer solo that took our song to new heights. Won't be the last time we work together, either.

  • Listing_thumb_img_1510over 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Paul is an awesome guitar player !! Very polite, serious and reagent, he got skills and takes time to give you his best by paying attention to every details. We had a lot of fun working this project together, and we are about to start the next one !

  • Listing_thumb_best_1over 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Paul has been absolutely great to work with. He listened to all of my suggestions and is very punctual. I felt like he put 100% effort into the project :)

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    This was my second time working with Paul, and once again, he was great. Not only did he totally get what we wanted to do, but he took the track to a whole new level. You want a guitarist who understands a wide variety of styles and can do a quality job fast, then talk to this guy!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Paul is a Great guitar session player! I definitely will work with him again

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Paul was a pleasure to work with!
    He is very attentive and strives to make you happy and deliver the track
    you're looking for .
    I would definitely call on him again for future session work.
    Thank you Paul !

  • Default-avataralmost 2 years agoby Verified Review

    Paul is very professional, prompt, and is very easy to work with. He took the time to ask specific questions about what we needed, and made it work. Above all, the quality of his musicianship was excellent, and added a whole new level to the tracks. Wouldn't hesitate to work with him again...and I will!

  • Listing_thumb_lyly-cover_final_pochetteover 2 years agoby Verified Review

    I was very satisfied with Paul. He is very trustworthy. I will work with him again!

  • Listing_thumb_1about 22 hours agoby

    Ive Worked With Paul In A Few Different Situations, He Is A Very Solid Player, Very Professional And Very Easy To Work With. From His Tone To His Selection Of Notes Paul Is An All Around Great Player. I Would Recommend Him To Any Artist In A Heart Beat.

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    Great guitar player. Great parts. Paul went over and above to give me lots of options for a song I hired him to track on. If you want modern, this is your guy. Fast turn around and quality tracking. I will be hiring him again.

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    Paul is great! I needed a band last minute and he worked really hard to pull off my 90 minute set over just a few rehearsals. He is adaptable and makes sure you are happy with his performance. Other than being a great guitar player, he is also polite, kind and respectful!

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    Paul is my main guitarist, and I am honoured to have shared the stage with him countless times, as well as have him play on my recordings. He's perfect for me as a guitarist because he's able to turn what I have in my head into music that sounds even better than I imagined. Thank you Paul, for all your hard work! Write together soon!

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    I've hired Paul on many occasions to work with my artists as either a session musician live, or in a recording environment. Paul has been a staple of the music projects, and is able to lead a band and record with flare. He is extremely professional, and is able to get the exact sound we're looking for. Professional, fast, and fun to work with!

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    My band has been working on a Johnny Cash project recently and we needed some help with a couple of tracks.
    Paul came into the studio and assisted us and he performed wonderfully.
    Super easy to work and very organized.
    I highly recommend him and would use his services again !

  • Picture?type=largealmost 3 years agoby

    Paul has not just a knack but a real skill with the electric guitar. He combines fundamental musica chops with the ability to squeeze every bit of acoustic range out of an electric guitar. He takes an instrument and makes it into its own art. You can hear his work in "Tear Down the Wall" with Kieran Strange. If you can hire him, then hire him.

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    Paul is awesome. Highly recommended. Great player, great dude. Awesome sounds.

  • Picture?type=largealmost 3 years agoby

    Paul is a great musician, a great guitarist. It has a lot of initiative, creativity and good taste. We worked together on a song that I composed and gave his work an incredible sound. Totally recommend, very professional and very responsible.

  • Default-avatarabout 3 years agoby

    I am a singer songwriter and sent paul some songs to work on. the parts were bang on what was needed and the turn around time was fast reccomended

  • Default-avatarabout 3 years agoby

    Awesome player, awesome dude, Paul has the knowledge and the gear to get outstanding results. Had him come in quickly and do a film score as time was pressed. And he was able to learn and perform bang on what was needed within minutes. Hope to record him again :)

  • Picture?type=largeabout 3 years agoby

    Paul is just a genius, I have hired him to record some guitars to the new album of my band and he transformed the sound of the songs making it superlative, He is a gentleman too, and I'll hire him for new records for sure!

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Interview with Paul Kinman

Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Robert L Smith, Matty Amendola, The Farm Studios, David Glenn Kulp, Jake Antelis, LR Audio
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will always make sure that you leave satisfied, I do not stop working on the song untill it is exactly as you want it to be! :)
What do you like most about your job?
The creativity. I absolutely love having a fantastic song sent to me and getting to write tons and tons of parts to it to try and make it better then when I got it. It's a hugely fun job to do, and I love that it is never the same. I find that I never end up using the same guitars or amps the same way on two songs, it is always a little different because every song, and every artist is a little different!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are your goals for these songs? What songs reflect the (ballpark) style of guitar that you would like to hear for this song? What is your deadline for these songs?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Look for someone who has an emphasis on songs. A lot of guitar players may be fantastic players, but they do not have a strong sense of what needs to happen in each section of a song. You want someone who really focuses on what guitar parts are needed to make the song sound it's best. Also, look for someone who asks you what your goals are for your project, because once they know what the goals for the project are, that should vastly change how they approach playing on your song. If they do not ask this at one point, you should re-consider hiring them. Finally, make sure they have the right gear for whatever project you are hiring them for. For example, If you are hiring them to do a high budget project and the only guitars they have are some mid level Ibanez RG's and POD Farm, then they may not be the right person for your job, whereas hiring them to play on a small demo might not be a bad idea as long as they can play well enough.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Les Paul Custom, One of my Tele's, My PWE Event Horizon 3, My Palmer PDI-03, and my Eventide Timefactor - because I love Delay and this pedal is amazing!!
Can you share one music production tip?
Dynamics are everything. This is something that really good studio musicians are always looking for when they approach recording songs, they are always thinking of little ways that they can add dynamics.
What type of music do you usually work on?
This changes a lot. But at the moment, a lot of pop music, which nowadays means Funk and R&B, and a lot of Country music.
What's your strongest skill?
I always stay in close contact with the client and listen to what they have to say. There are a lot of professionals who will not respond to emails promptly, or who do not really listen to what a client wants. I make sure that I always respond to emails within twenty four hours (usually far sooner), and that I listen hard to what each client wants from their song. It is the clients song, and I want to do whatever I can in order to make sure that they are happy as can be with the product, regardless of whether or not it is a choice that I would make on my own. I think that the most important part of a strong business is strong relationships, and these are created by making sure that the process of working is super fast and super easy, and that every client, even one that may look at music and songwriting in a completely opposite way to me, leaves with a song that represents the vision that they have for their music.
What's your typical work process?
The first thing that I do is a chord take-down, which is where I play through the song once, just to get the chords charted down. After this, I usually start on the chorus of a song and layer it up as much as I can until I feel that it' s super full sounding, then I move on to the Verses, and finally the Bridge. In my opinion, starting on the Chorus is the best way to track guitars for most songs since getting the Chorus done first allows me to get a better handle on what needs to be done with the rest of the song. Throughout this whole process I always try different guitars, amps and pedals to make sure that each part has the perfect sound. If I cannot decided between two sounds, or two parts for a certain section, then I will often track both and leave them for the artist/producer to decide between them.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Tim Pierce, J.T Corenflos, Adam Schoenfeld, John 5, Tom Bukovac, Brent Mason, Nile Rodgers, Phil X
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
With online session work, I do a lot of sessions where there are no guitars at all and I build everything from the ground up - basic rhythm parts, any and all lead bits, and tons of subtle layers that are meant to build a track dynamically, but not be overly obvious to the ear. However, I also do a lot of overdubbing where I just add the icing on the cake, so to speak, on songs that already have the main guitar parts down, but the artist or producer wants some subtle layering, or more refined solos/ lead phrases to really make the song sound radio ready.