Hi! my name is Rafa Payan, I'm a Grammy nominee guitar player and multi-instrumentalist. I've been working in music for 25 years now!! I'm also a music producer for various latin artists.

Rafa Payan is a record producer, grammy nominee guitar player, and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with some of the best latin artist from DR (Juan Luis Guerra & 440, Pavel Nuñez, etc) for over 25 years now. Currently I'm doing session work remotely from my studio in Troy, NY, also producing songs for a wide variety of artists and styles (from bachata to pop rock) and touring the USA states with a Grammy winner band "Los Temerarios".

My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Rafael Payan:

  • Paulino Monroy
  • Paulino Monroy
  • Maite Perroni
  • Maite Perroni
  • Maite Perroni
  • Issa Gadala
  • Suzanna Lubrano
  • Suzanna Lubrano
  • Suzanna Lubrano
  • Suzanna Lubrano
  • La Posta
  • La Posta
  • El Consorcio
  • El Consorcio
  • Daniel Santacruz
  • Daniel Santacruz
  • Daniel Santacruz
  • Rene Lorente
  • Alejandra Tejada
  • Alejandra Tejada
  • Negros
  • Negros
  • Alvaro Torres
  • Alvaro Torres
  • Olga Tañón
  • Enrique Chia
  • Enrique Chia
  • Enrique Chia
  • Pavel Nuñez
  • Pavel Nuñez
  • Pavel Nuñez
  • Enrique Chia
  • Enrique Chia
  • Ciudad de Angeles
  • Ciudad de Angeles
  • Chichi Peralta
  • Opalo
  • Menudo
  • Daniel Santacruz
  • Frank Ceara
  • Frank Ceara
  • Jandy Feliz
  • Jandy Feliz
  • Ciudad Nueva
  • José Peña Suazo
  • Pavel
  • Pavel
  • Pavel
  • Pavel
  • Pavel
  • Pavel
  • Pavel
  • Olga Tañón
  • Olga Tañón
  • Miriam Y Las Chicas Cruz
  • Olga Tañón
  • Juan Luis Guerra y 440
  • Juan Luis Guerra y 440
  • Azucarado
  • Marco Hernández
  • Pochy Familia
  • Raulín Rodríguez
  • Allendi
  • Diveana
  • Dulce Maria
  • Frank Ceara

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Analog or digital and why?
Analog and digital... because everything's just a tool... the real stuff comes from the heart!!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'm gonna give a 200% of me... I'll go for the WAO every time I'm doing something... I promise a good and clean/ profesional job.
What do you like most about your job?
Everything!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: Are you good? A: I don't know... you tell me!!
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The fact that I'm a latin musician usually makes people believe that I can't play other styles... that's of course till they listen to my work...
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Basically tecnical stuff
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
To come well prepared and open for new ideas.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Guitar, harmonica, solar panel, iPhone and headphones
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started to learn to play guitar at the age of nine, I've started the gigs thing at 14, I started traveling to Europe at the age of 18. Currently I'm 41 so basically It's has been like 27 years now.... Oh my!
How would you describe your style?
Universal.
Can you share one music production tip?
If my 7 years old son doesn't sing it by the end of the session... then there's something wrong!!!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop music, latin music.
What's your strongest skill?
Musicality.
What do you bring to a song?
I try to bring textures for added depth, but depending on the style, I always try to emphasize the direction of the song towards certain mood or feeling.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I'm running Pro Tools 10 thru an Universal Audio-Apollo Twin Interface, a pair of Tannoy monitors, a Suhr Custom Classic guitar (Strat), a Les Paul guitar... a Suhr Corso Amp Head with a Quilter Vintage 1X12 Cabinet mic'ed with a Shure SM57 for the electric setup... a AKG 414 for a Taylor steel str guitar and a Lori Vintage bass.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Michael Landau, Michael Thompson, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Pat Metheny, etc.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Session guitarist, bassist, keyboards, music production, arrangements, Beat Detective/ quantize live drums & percussion tracks, vocal comp/ tuning, etc.