I am a classically-trained musician who can play all genres. I'm a studio musician who has played on many movie sound tracks; made my debut at Carnegie Hall in 2005. My strengths are improvisation & sight-reading. Whether you have a ready-made part for me to record, or need me to make up my own part for your song, I am versatile and can do either!
I can play and record for these multiple instruments: violin, viola, cello, piano. I have my own DAW system to send you individual stems for your song.
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Interview with Justina Hodgson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was a violinist for a folk pop song, and it was particularly rewarding to contribute my part to it. It turned out beautifully as a ballad song and this is how I met my partner. It has become near and dear to our hearts on a personal and professional level. It was well received and that’s amazing!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Getting a new song hybrid song released on all platforms; I’m very excited to share it soon as my latest single!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Cathy Grady Townsend. She is amazing as a multi-instrumentalist, much like myself.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because the world is moving in this direction for updates to technology. I must move with the times to be relevant with my music business.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will always give you a good quality product. I can deliver what you want.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That it’s different and fun with each project.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How comfortable are you to do (xyz) ? My answer: very comfortable! I can make it happen since I have so much experience!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That every day is typical. My days can vary from day to day.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you hope to accomplish with your song? What was the inspiration behind your song? Why do you love music? What is your end goal with this particular project?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Check out the music website of the person you’d potentially hire before connecting with them. Research is good to do. Feel free to get to know them or set up a Zoom meeting before hiring them, to see if you like their vibe before proceeding in business with them. Business equals relationships!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mic, computer, interface, music stand and electric piano.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began playing orchestral music with many professional orchestras and recorded as a studio musician with orchestras before graduating college. I have done this for nearly 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Thoughtful, vibrant, exquisite and emotionally satisfying.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ruelle because she’s consistent in good production, and capturing the vibe of her well-produced songs.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Working with a BPM is crucial before recording.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk, pop, covers and singer-songwriter type songs.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Artistry and emotions through my musicianship.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Nuances, details, beauty and a vibe to enhance to the song’s overall experience so is the best experience to the listener.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I sit and listen to the music several times before practicing with it as I arrange my own part to compliment it before I record it. If there’s a ready-made part, I will practice to it before recording.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have my own home studio that are paneled with sound absorption and a waiting bench for clients who come in person. I work from an Apple computer with Logic Pro X as my DAW. I can work remotely with anyone around the world. My mic is a Shure that captures instrumental sounds beautifully.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love any folk music, and listening to such a wide variety of music from country to pop to rock and EDM. Bands like The Lumineers inspire me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Record instrumental music for anyone’s songs.