Violin, Strings section, all Arrangements, all Orchestrations, all Scores (lay out, printing and binding)...
For Pop-Folk-Rock-Indie-Alternative-Film-TV... I can :
- Record Violin and Strings section
- Find every musician(s) you need to remote Pro Tools recording in my own studio
- Make Arrangements, Orchestrations from chamber music ensemble until big orchestras
- Prepare all your Scores for live or recording (Lay out, printing and binding)
Also, I'm available for touring as a violin & keys player, and I know the Ableton Live basics.
Born in Belgium, I studied classical music before moving to pop-rock.
Since 1998 I'm playing violin and keys for many major artists, touring across the world and recording in the best studios.
Great experiences was especially performing with Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles and Diana Ross in strings section.
Since 2016 I have my own recording studio "Mekasonic" in Belgium.
Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.
Interview with Nicolas Stevens ▷Mekasonic
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I plaid in the strings section for 2 European shows with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, one of my best memories :-)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An american project via Avid Link, for a bluegrass band based in Rockport TX
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Egil F, great musician ! Fortunately for me, not a violinist :-)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: The best is the mix of the two ! A good musician in a good room, recording in a good mic, in a good preamp, and let the digital operate for the future :-)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I want you are happy with my job, I will be open to your comments. No pride here !
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Discover a lot of incredible artists, and jump from project to project
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you record just some violin lines and to have the sound of an orchestra ? No, you need minimum a string quartet for that, and make some double recordings...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't play gipsy violin :-)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Which reference does he have to give me, to be quickly on the right path
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take notice of the experience of the provider, listen to some tracks, and test him :-)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My violin, my U47, my MacBook Pro, my UAD sound card and my Audeze headphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Moving from classical to pop-rock, I'm professional live and session musician since 1998.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Respectful and serious :-)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dua Lipa, one of the most dynamic and innovative artists for the moment (with Lady Gaga of course)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Adapt as much as possible to customer expectations and stay at the service of music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Chanson française, Pop-Rock, Indie, Folk, Electro...
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Recording violin, and strings section
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Some organic touch with real strings
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Discuss about the needs and references, proposition, validation from the client, payment, recording and delivery.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pro Tools 2019, UAD Apollo's, mics like Neumann U47, Royer R-122, preamp D.W. Fearn VT-2, GML 8304, plug ins UAD, Waves, Soundtoys, vintage keys like Yamaha CP-80, Fender-Rhodes MK-I, Roland Juno-60, Yamaha YC-45D...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Rob Moose, Tim Bran, Finneas O'Connell, Fyfe...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Violin, strings section, orchestrations, arrangements, scores for live and recordings