Perfect improvisation - amazing arranging skills - emphatic approach for understanding contractors needs - wide versatillity on session guitar sounds
At the age of 12 he began his studies in jazz with maestro Ricardo Pellican. Followed by years of self-taught study and specific studies with Mono Fontana, Aaron Goldberg, Shai Maestro, Leo Genovese, Rakalam Bob Moses, Edgardo Cardozo, among others.
He has shared with great musicians including Ramiro Flores, Hernan Jacinto, Francisco Fattoruso, Tomas Sainz, Pablo Gonzalez, Martín Varela, Sebastián Lans, Thomas Pridge, Tony Royster Jr, Louis Cole, Mono Fontana, Javier Malosetti, Wayne Krantz, Frederico Heliodoro, Antonio Loureiro, etc.
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Interview with Ezequiel Cantero
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Many productions in Argentina and in other countries by people who hire me. I contribute and collaborate in projects of friends and great musicians of the world. And besides, I'm working on two solo projects in which I deposit all the ideas that constantly come to me.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was born in a musical environment and I always developed it as deeply as I could. In the middle of my path I was blessed to come across great guides and teachers who showed me the way to move forward in a very inspiring way
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Many of the great productions have the creation of three easily incorporated melodic lines, orchestrated and overlaped. For example, one on the bass, another on the keyboards and another on the voices, generating a development in which these melodies are related to each other.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Very varied music, I don't usually stop at a single genre. I have personal projects that fuse Argentine music with music of the world, going through funk, pop and contemporary (and future) music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I work at home, relaxed, I take all the time necessary to optimally achieve what I have to bring to reality I have a very empathic and analytical treatment for the music that I receive or are asked. To get as close as possible to the vision of whoever hires me I propose ideas that may or may not be accepted, to generate a feedback and thus refine what is necessary for the music to be perfectly achieved
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I feel inspired in each area by the following artists: -Production and arrangements: Quincy Jones, Robert Glasper, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Louis Cole, Donald Fagen, Charly Garcia, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Daniel Lanois, Jon Brion, Gustavo Santaolalla. -Session performing of my instruments; Guitar: Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Prince, John Scofield, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck. Bass: Pino Palladino, Jaco Pastorius, Paul McCartney. Keyboards and synthesizers: Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Anomalie, George Duke.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: -Roman Music (guitarist, composer and collaborating producer) -El Jardín de Ordoñez (guitarist, composer and collaborating producer) -Francisco Fattoruso - Music Adventure (guitarist) -Javier Malosetti and La Colonia (guitarist and bassist) In all these projects prevailed the search for freedom and the present moment sustaining very sophisticated musical systems
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That everything that I develop is going to be deeply sought after at the service of music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music is the source that provides me with the energy and love to stay alive and happy
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Integrative, universal
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Playing guitar, production and composition of both music and lyrics
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I have 3 important aspects where I channel my vision of music to achieve what whoever hires me needs. -Complete production of various styles from rock and jazz including R&B, Neo Soul, Funk, to Latin and African-American music -Session recording of all the instrumentation of these productions with the strongest points on the guitar, bass, keyboards and synthesizers -Composition and arrangements on request. With a lot of experience and background in lyrics with different approaches, and a wide range of compositional possibilities