I am high octane and want to take your work to the next level. Tell me about your project and I will do my best BASF impersonation.
Having apprenticed in Nashville, TN, I have obtained some level of expertise as a producer, post-production editor, bassist, song-writer, synthesist and audio programming. I specialize in rock, pop, and electronic music -- with a keen interest in obtaining more skills in hip-hop.
For production gigs, price does not include studio time and musicians, as much modern production does not include these. If you want them, expect a higher budget.
Audio Example: Kelsey Muse - Static Life
Song written by Kelsey Muse & Ryan Donnells*
Executive Producer | Steve Werbelow
Creative Producer | Fritz Gillis
Recorded by Steve Werbelow
Mixed by Jarod "Radio" Snowden
Mastered by David Williams
Vocals | Kelsey Muse
Drums | Marcus Finnie
Bass | Justin Shneider
Guitar | Danny Burnette
Synth Programming | Fritz Gillis
*Fritz' real-life alias.
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Interview with Fritz Gillis
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Yolo Lisa - I Didn't Do It | I produced, edited and mixed this song, and it was noticed immediately by Muzooka curators. Felt amazing, and would love to bring this level of commitment to a more...cohesive...band unit.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mixing my band's songs we recorded last year. We are in permanent hiatus.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I have not yet searched le data base.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Because you can't afford analog. But really, both, if you can afford it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If you have any level of talent, I will bring it out of you and will deliver a value beyond the budget. However, please note that there is still a budget :)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The process of creation. Watching the artist unfold their art to the audience. The magic of connecting our existence through music and performance. It is beautiful.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make me sound like _______ . Actually...TBH I have never gotten asked this; but my mentor was asked this constantly and I think it needs to be addressed. I can only make you sound like a less sloppy/out of tune version of yourself. You need to have some level of talent.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it is cheap or not required. I wish I could go back to my original producers, pay them what they were worth and apologize for my delusions.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want to be? What do you want this to be? How do you think we can get there?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You need to want to spend money. If you don't want to spend money, then wait until you can. I have been you, and did not spend money or seek those who could. Now I am producer instead of on your TV.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming you have that thing of which I am to record... An SM57, a UAD Apollo, a MacBook Pro, a Neve 1073 and a U-47
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Honestly, I love music. I love technology. I can't seem to quit either. Since I was 17?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Mega swag.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Josh Homme. Because I am an idiot.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Double tracking your synthesizers.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, pop and electronic.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Passion, creativity and ingenuity. You'd be surprised at what I can do w/ your work. Sure, I can leave your song alone...but typically my value is in how I can enhance the feel, vibe, emotion, etc...
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Try. Fail. Try. Fail. Try. Fail.Succeed.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am mobile, and prefer to use other's studios if we need to do live tracking.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chris Lord-Alge, Bob Rock, Butch Vig, Flea, Rick Ruben, Josh Homme
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Rock and pop music production, with some substantial post production gigs earlier in the year.