Teddy Stevens is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer from Nasvhille, TN
I have worked as a session musician for over ten years. In my hometown of Louisville, KY I was first call for Bass and Piano and second call for Guitar. In addition to my work in front of the glass I have also spent time as an arranger and producer, helping to build hook heavy tracks both in professional studios and at my own facility, often playing all of the instruments and engineering myself.
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Interview with Teddy Stevens
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I couldn't pick
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a session and performing musician for over ten years, but I grew up in my father's recording studio so I've been in that environment my whole life.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Punchy and melodic
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock and Americana. But I've been called for a lot of musical theater, Christian and Country lately which is also really fun and challenging.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm there to support the song and help the artist and or producer bring their visions to life. I spent a lot of my teenage years listening to as much music as possible and I try to bring that knowledge with me to find the right parts for a track.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm always looking for the hook, whether it's musical or lyrical. When laying down a part be it on the Bass, Keys or guitar I want to find way to compliment the rhythm and melody of a song or piece of music. I want to help reinforce the mood of a piece and find ways to make each section of an arrangement it's own exciting little world.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm running ProTools 10 on a Mac and monitoring through Meyer HD-1s . Everything I record goes through my Grace M101 preamp and Behringer compressors. I've got a Music Man HD210 for guitar and a Hartke 3500 for bass. All of my drum parts are created through my MPC studio. My keyboard world consists of a Juno-60, a Roland Super JX and a Korg Poly 800ii along with some really great soft synths and an old Akai S900 sampler.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: For the bass it's got to be Paul McCartney and Tony Levin, I love both of their big melodic bass parts. When it comes to arranging and producing I love the work of people like Flood, Glen Ballard and Nigel Godrich.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most often I'm called in to play bass, but I'm usually asked to add guitar and keyboard overdubs as well. If I'm working with a solo artist and arranging for them, we spend a lot of time talking about how they want their track to feel. Then we start by building up a rhythm section and go from there.