Bring your next project to the next level with live horns! We have experience with dozens of Pop, Jazz, Rock names such as, David Clayton Thomas, Natalie Cole, BS&T, Gino Vannelli, Aretha Franklin, Boss Brass, Dan Hill and producers such as 7 time Grammy Winner Joe Donofrio, Emmy Winner Don Breithaupt and Juno Award Winner Lou Pomanti.
We provide completely professional sounding recordings (and arrangements if need be) for any project. We deliver all tracks ready for immediate mixing, no fuss or muss. From a single horn solo to full horn section including big band. Our stable of horn players and arrangers are world class with decades of real world experience. Your satisfaction will be guaranteed because WE TAKE OUR CRAFTS VERY SERIOUSLY!
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Interview with Sky High Horns
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, but these days digital provides so much more ease and speed of working. I love the analog sound, but, pretty much a thing of the past.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing the trumpet at the age of 8 and was considered a child prodigy, this makes laugh actually. I was in the Canadian National Youth symphony at the age of 11 and was working in bars at the age of 14 with funk and disco bands. I attended Humber College of Music. I have played on countless studio sessions, live gigs and TV shows. I written for TV shows such as Spectacular Spas and became a band leader for decades. My latest project is BRASS TRANSIT, and Chicago Tribute Symphony Rock Show that tours North America. I have performed with Symphonies like, The Detroit, Hawaii, Buffalo, Dayton, Edmonton, Pacific Orchestras. www.brasstransit.com
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Oakland Stroke Band. Lead Trumpet and recording my horn at home for the upcoming CD release.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An CD project for another producer from LA.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Just getting started, but, Greg Kavanagh, great and successful music producer.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Professional sounding recordings delivered on time that will be mix ready, no fuss or muss.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Hearing the final product and or hearing the audience clap and give standing ovations during live shows.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much will it cost? My answer depends of what they are looking for, one horn, or 5 horns, or a big band. An arrangement? My answer depends on how much time and how many musicians I have to hire. Varies greatly.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That we will work for little or nothing.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your budget? What is the goal sound your are looking for? Is it a self funded project or record label type deal with a release plan.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want and do some research if you have doubts about what kind of sound your are shooting for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Trumpet, Trombone, my Mac, Mic and all my sheet music and books.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Quincy Jones, one of my favourite music producers..Also Jerry Hey, my fav. horn section producer.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never lose the original concept and feel of the song by overdoing, overproducing, over arranging, and even over mixing. All should have a reference song/mix to work off of.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All of them..
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Trumpet and Trombone skills. Knowing what horns are suppose to sound like and, I am also very good in delivering what I say!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Life! Professional and high quality sounding horn section and 45 years of experience as a professional Musician, Band Leader, Arranger, and DAW audio Tech.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The client sends me 2 mix's of the over all song. One with synth horns usually and one without. I also ask for charts of the arrangement they want recorded. I then decide according to the style of the song what horn configuration would be idiomatic and convey that to the client. I also ask the client what they are really going for by providing me with a tune they want to emulate. When this is worked out, I then bring in the right horns for the right style. These days, because of Covid my guys do their parts at home and send them to me and then I record the trumpet and bones at home since I play both. Then I edit the horns to deliver a fat, clean, crisp sound perfectly tuned and aligned to the master track. After this, I bounce the individual track out in Wave form in either 24/48 or higher or as the client's specifications. I also provide a stereo mix of the song with the horn section mixed in for reference only.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am on Mac platform. My DAW is Logic X with hundred of plugins. Apogee audio Interface. Rode NT1 mics and Audio Technica AT4050. Adam Audio A7X Studio near field speakers.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bands like, Tower of Power, Chicago, Blood Sweet and Tears. Music productions by Quincy Jones and horn section productions and arrangements by Jerry Hey.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Live and studio horn section recordings. I also provide horn sections for live touring shows and horn arrangements.