Guitarist of Brazilian popular and instrumental music for more than two decades, accompanying several singers and groups of "samba", "choro", "forró" and other Brazilian styles, I also compose, make arrangements and record in these and others genres like funk, latin, blues and jazz.
Besides playing live, I love producing in the studio and I have recorded and mixed many tracks of Brazilian music, voice/guitar pieces, fanfares, child music and some soundtracks for short films.
I play eletric guitar, six and seven acoustic guitar, bass, cavaco, mandolin, percussion and midi sequencing. I also have a huge network of wind musicians, pianists, drummers, percussionists.
I harmonize, arrange and produce your composition or compose and record for your audiovisual project. Always looking for balance and contemplating what the client wants.
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Interview with Chico Tamega
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The projects I have enjoyed the most are those of my own songs. Some soundtracks I did also made me very happy.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Arrangements for fanfare in which I am the conductor and producing some authorial singles of instrumental music.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Two partners who work in their own studios but who are not on the SoundBetter platform. We do projects together commonly.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: The two universes are important and can go together. I have no preconception on this subject.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Do the best I can.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Composing, arranging, recording, mixing ... the whole construction process is very pleasant.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "How long does it take?"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't know
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: No recipes... depends on demand
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: go for it!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A guitar, a trumpet, good mic and preamp and a recorder
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: In the first half of my musical career, I essentially played acoustic and eletric guitar in various types of work. I have always recorded some things at home. About ten years ago, I started investing in equipment and knowledge and producing in the studio more often
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Observant, empathic and focused
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I receive the client's demand and feeling what they need. I think about the options to satisfy the demand, I suggest something when convenient. Sending preview for the client to evaluate and at the end sending in the requested audio formats.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Hear if the track sounds good in mono.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Variety of Brazilian music such as: Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, Baião among others, World music in general, Latin, jazz, funk and blues.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I believe that it is the diversity of musical tastes that I cultivated during my life as a listener and musician that brings me a good diversity of tools.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to capture the essence of music, what it asks for, what its accent is and when there is space, try something new or even exotic.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Interfaces Universal Audio and Focusrite. Pre amps Universal Audio and Grace Design. Mics Shure, Akg, Golden Project Audio, CAD. Monitors Yamaha. Many acoustic and eletric guitars, as well as cavaquinho and mandolin and many percussion instruments.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Many... Hamilton de Holanda, Raphael Rabello, John Scofield, Ben Harper, Bjork, Candeia, Leo Amuedo, Jacob Collier, Snarky Puppy, Hermeto Pascoal, Elis Regina, Fela Kuti, Gilberto Gil, Herbie Hancock, Living Colour, Moacir Santos, Nina Simone, Quincy Jones, Rick Rubin, Alan Parsons, Phil Spector, Andy Wallace.... dozens...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recordings of stringed and percussion instruments, audio editing in general, mixing, arrangements for fanfares, recording of voiceovers, various midis sequencing and soundtracks.