Professional Vocalist, Bassist, Guitarist and Songwriter. I write, arrange and produce original music for myself and others for hire.
Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist (bass, guitar, keys, trumpet) currently based in LA. I teach Vocal Technique at Musicians Institute in Hollywood and perform live around the world with various acts.
Main genres span from R&B, Hip-Hop, NeoSoul and Jazz to Pop, Rock, Country and Folk music.
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Interview with Luke Strand
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Allen Stone and Bruno Major. Both of their songwriting and musicianship is truly inspiring.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm most proud of my solo records I've made as I got to play all the instruments! Full creative control can be nice but through the years I've come to enjoy the art of collaboration.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently writing/producing songs in various styles for sync licensing
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Raquel Rodriquez for everything vocals Sam Brawner for Production/Mixing/Mastering/Drums
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: All depends on the project!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Through mutual communication, I'll work with you until we find something you are excited about.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Expressing myself and helping others come away with music they're proud of.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Can you tune the vocals? A: As much as you want!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Not just a bass player!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: First if it's a commercial project or a passion project, how creative they would like me to be with the task, and any deadlines that we would be working towards.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Provide concise references of what they want the finished product to sound like!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, Drum Kit, Piano, Trumpet. (Assuming theres no electricity!)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I got my Bachelors Degree in Bass Performance from Musicians Institute in 2015 where I now teach Vocal Technique, Performance and Theory. Ive been playing music since I was five, professionally since fifteen, and producing since sixteen.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Soulful, Eclectic and Smooth
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's usually better to take away than to add
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening, hearing what needs to be added/subtracted and executing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 25 years of musicianship, ear training, and attention to detail. And a lot of Soul.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depending on the project, I try to hear a specific sound or Vibe in my head before experimenting with sounds. Some direction tends to get closer to the desired product faster than exploration. That being said, theres a time and a place for everything!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an Apollo X4 that I run through the console into Logic with the Teletronix LA2A Legacy. When recording Bass I use a Sadowski preamp through a Cali 76 compressor. I record Vocals with the Sterling Audio Ocean Wave condenser Mic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Currently inspired by Bruno Major for his songwriting, musicianship and production, beautiful stuff!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most often I'm hired to record Bass, guitar and Vocals from my home studio. Next would be writing music and lyrics with partners for sync licensing.