22 years experience playing the guitar and singing for projects of many different styles. I am a multifaceted player with strong, blues, pop and rock roots as well as being able to play jazz, soul and RnB. I have mixing and recording experience having worked at Sarm Studios in the late 90's. "All I wanna do is play my guitar"
I am offering live and session guitar and vocal work to artists and established bands that need a fast working team player that can deliver emotional, virtuous and energetic grooves and licks to their projects.
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Interview with Gareth Jenkins
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who is the client? How long is the project for? How much are you offering? What do you need from me?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The buzz in another place with great musicians until the gig ends
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Live performances as lead guitarist and backing vocalist (Spanish / English)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dave Grohl, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Vince Gil, John Mayer, Graham Coxon, Johnny Greenwood, Mike Patton, Billy Corgan, Nathan East, Guy Prat, Dave Gilmore, Mark Knopfler, The Eagles, Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse, Tony Bennet,
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I try to keep things simple. I have a valve amp with a set clean sound and then from there have two type of overdrive. One for rhythm and another for lead (tube screamer) I also have heavy distortion, compression and others effects such as Reverb, Strymon delay (Capistan) Strymon Flange & Chorus (Deca)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Energy, creativity, emotion & personality.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communcation: Musically, Physically, verbally & above all actively listening
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop & rock with a blues and jazz influence is what I really love to play. I also love to do backing vocals when they are needed. Playing in a band is what makes me feel alive.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Keep record ON at all times
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Alive: Foo Fighters Dead: Michael Jackson
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Multifaceted grooves, licks & solos
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing the guitar for over 22 years
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Strat, My Gretsch, My PRS, My pedal board & My Fender Supersonic
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Give me the chance to make great music with you.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Great Question. I am rehearsed and old enough to remember analogue and love the imperfections it offers but when time is of the essence digital is great.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Blur "13", (William Orbit) Vanessa Mae "subject to change", (Youth) Assistant engineer, programmer & guitar tech.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That real music is dead....
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Question: Can you play it this way / that way / Answer: Verbally no answer, at the most I say OK & I just do it
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I always deliver regardless of the challenge..... man that can be tough sometimes ;-)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am not sure if they are on here but drummers I would say, Trevor Murrel, Geof Dugmore & Earl Harvin Junior, Bass Guy Prat, Moises Cerezo, Producers Youth, Yoad Nevo
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Preparing a young singer to do a jazz trio as well as preparing her vocally / musically for The Voice in Spain