Biology major with a minor in Management, but full time musician and spare time bird watcher, who sometimes gets musical ideas after dog walks.
It all started with an impromptu decision to buy a cheap stratocaster at the local toys'r'us, to the detriment of my parents patience. I was 13 then and came a long way - I couldn't read sheet music, nor was I aware of tabs so I instantly just started to write melodies and pick up stuff from ilegal mp3s my cousin downloaded. After learning about tabs, I started to annotate full arrangements on Guitar Pro. I made 2 or 3 records like that, artwork included, all, thankfully, unreleased. Then some friends and I got a Tascam DP-02, and the interest to play and record all instruments stole all my attention.
Fast forward to now, I've released a few EP's under the name "James Davidson" which landed me a spot in a rock band with whom I toured Europe playing bass and then guitar. I shed that indie-soul vibe and started, for unknown reasons, to write melancholic, fantasy video game-ish, soothing, escapist and often pretentious, folk music. himalion is my current main artistic entity. EGRESS was himalion's debut, where I arranged, produced and recorded everything (except Drums and some Back vocals). May of 2021 will see himalion's first LP (BLOOMING) written, recorded, produced and arranged by me.
So, I've gotten really good at thorough editing, arranging, recording guitars, bass, drums, vocals and vintage keyboard sounds. I think I can write some compelling melodies too.
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5 ReviewsEndorse Diogo Sarabando
Diogo delivered a beautiful guitar track for my song. He was really responsive to my direction and feedback and went above and beyond to deliver a high quality and well performed track.
Thanks Diogo! I will be back!
Such a great musician, Remote Magician!
He deeply understood the song and what I want , and gave me brilliant ideas and high quality recording that fit the song and make it level up!
I'll definitely ask him next time.
The whole process was easy breezy, easy to work with , had a lot of patience, Very timely , great communicator , I have a great respect for his artistry, he really did his thang with the track. could've have asked for someone better. Exceeded my expectations
Diogo was easy to work with and worked with me until I was satisfied.
Great to work with - very talented guitarist and very proactive about making sure it matched the style I was looking for. Hope to work together again soon!
Interview with Diogo Sarabando
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can I have this before x day" - You'll have it tomorrow.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't work in a big expensive studio. I record almost everything in my bedroom
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The sheer pleasure of coming up with melodies and stuff that weren't there before I sang them
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: himalion, where I have finally managed to reach a more mature sound and song work in all the aspects I sought out to become better: Writing melodies, writing lyrics, singing, recording and producing songs
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Victor Carraca Teixeira for Mixing and Mastering
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A healthy mix of both. Analog because I need to feel the stuff on my hands, digital because of practicality and reliableness
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Well recorded material and different variations of what they are asking until they are satisfied
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, Focusrite 2i2, Beyer-dynamic DT770 Headphones, Neumann TLM 103 and a Classical guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: From starting to create little melodies on a well-known-toys-chain electric guitar to touring Europe and recording music on my own, I've been doing this for 12 years now.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually I ask a client for all the information I need before recording, that is tempo and mood of the song, influences, expectations and the tone qualities they are looking for. Then I proceed to record small snippets with several variations and ask which they prefer. Only then do I record the final tracks and sometimes throw some experimentations of my own.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly acoustic guitar recordings, sometimes electric. Lots and lots of chill and quiet fingerpicking stuff.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Typically I ask friends who own better gear to borrow some, nonetheless, currently this is what I own: Taylor GS Mini, Fender American Special Stratocaster, Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster, Epiphone Casino, Casiotone CT-401, Yamaha ME100, Yamaha DGX 430, Neumann TLM 103, Shure SM57, Tbone RB500 (x2), Scarlett Mic, Tbone STC 450, Echo Audiofire pre 8, Focusrite scarlett 2i2
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Blake Mills, Bob Dylan, Justin Vernon, Sufjan Stevens, Al Schmitt, Jack Stratton, Cory Wang, Gustavo Santaolalla, Ludwig Goransson, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Christian Henson, Olafur Arnalds,
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Wrapping up the production of my first LP as himalion
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: If you're looking for instrument parts, arrangements and songwriting, send me all the demos of the song. Followed by influences, examples, expectations, favourite books and movies, name of your pets.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always send me more information than you think it's needed.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: For some reason, lately my instinct tends to lead me into writing some kind of fantasy, video game-ish (think zelda), world music influenced, indie-folk music. My melodic sense is heavily influenced by Brazilian music too which by accident ends up complementing the folk thing really well.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Blake Mills - Just the sheer amount of talent on that single individual amazes me in a guitar player level and also on a producer level
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Find tools and methodologies early on that will help you make and lock decisions
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie-folk, alternative, indie, pop-rock, blues, soul
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Writing fingerpick and arpeggiated stuff on acoustic instruments and compelling vocal melodies. Also, I'm really thorough in the editing process, and have a somewhat fair understanding of indie-folk-pop-rock arrangements and songwriting.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Escapist, sometimes fantasy video game-ish, soundscapes through mostly acoustic instruments, old vintage keyboards, and soft almost sleepy vocals.