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 download. 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). On 2021, my forthcoming LP entitled BLOOMING will be released, 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.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Diogo Sarabando
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: I don't work for free.
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.