Are you looking for that specific tone or a clean bend like John Mayer? Maybe a jazzy riff from Bruno Major? Maybe I'm that missing tone that you need.
I'm a professional guitar player and being a musician is my profession from performing live gigs to recording tracks, I'm always open and pleased with collaborations since I was involved in many bands and musicians during my music career. Pop, Pop-Rock, Funk, Jazz and Blues or you could just tell me what you want me to work with, I'm used to playing requests during performances anyway, I'm also up for experimental, just pitch me your idea!
With 7 years of experience in the Film and Music Industry under my belt, started out as a Video Editor, then to a Sound Designer and Foley Artist, then to a Film Scorer providing and producing music for independent, student films for undergraduates and for tv ads and viral videos for social media, then finally to a Recording and Music Producer.
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Interview with Erico Ray
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My own music. This is project is a milestone for me, a stepping stone towards my goal, and because of this certain person who is so important to me that pushed me to my limits and help me see my true capability as an artist. That person is my love, for she is the reason for all of this and im damn proud of it. I became a music artist because of her.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My first album release
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No, this is my first time.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog and digital. The new world has many to offer but there are things that the new world can't give but to look back and realize that sometimes old school can still do the work.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: "I'll do my best to meet your standards"
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am free and it is my passion.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can you do this?" I answer - "that depends, if you like my style of music"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A remixer. What a bummer.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Did you hire me because of style? If you do, then we can work together well.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Good communication is key. Tell me directly what you really want and what you really need.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd probably take a guitar because that's what I'm good at. Probably some percussion, another guitar, a recorder maybe. We might not know there could be others on the boring desert, it would be fun to have a jam with them.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am a film school graduate but I always wanted to be a musician, a professional one, so here I am now!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is not far from the artist that influenced me, mixing those influences would be hard to determine especially for me, but I guess you could say it's a bit of a jazz and blues kind of music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I don't mind working with anybody or working with an international artist would be ambitious. Working with a jazz player would be fun and informative, their creativity and standards are very unpredictable.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Use a metronome!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most music I had work on is, Pop and since then it kinda grew on me along the way.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: As a guitarist, filling empty and somewhat boring spaces with necessary guitar riffs and licks.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: When a has a common progression, I always find an uncommon fill or progression to avoid a certain song to be similar or cliche.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Every project starts like a blank piece of canvas but I always start with a groove, no matter what genre, from there on the other things follow.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have invested in top grade equipements based on my current budget, geared with an iMac specifically using Logic Pro X as my main DAW, Roland Midi keyboard for which is very convenient, a Focusrite Audio Interface, a well sound proof room with vocal panels for extra isolation and multiple guitars for specific tunes as requested.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Mayer, Eric Clapton and Bruno Major are the top most influences that inspires me
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Clients mostly approach me for professional help when they are in need me for a music remake for cover song projects or film scoring.