Travis Darrah

Session Guitarist

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Hi! My name is Travis Darrah. I am an engineering student with a passion for music and guitar. I write and record hooks, parts, and solos for demos and projects!

I have been playing live since 2015 and recording on projects since 2019. My playing background consists of contemporary worship, rock, country, and metal music. I recently started to record and play live with Lucky Mays in Albuquerque New Mexico.

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Interview with Travis Darrah

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Lucky Mays' song Summer Days. I played the double stops in the bridge section and the lead in the solo section. I am proud of the boldness in the melodic simplicity, all while leaving room for different live interpretations.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: My own music!

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Not at this time; I am relatively new to this platform.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I like both! Analog warmth is unbeatable, but digital convenience is fantastic (and better at emulating analog sounds).

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: To provide great stems without opinions attached.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Playing a variety of music.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Can you make this sound? I usually say, "let's try!"

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: My friends think I am a rockstar; I'm not; I just like to play guitar.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What are you looking for in a guitarist and hook writer? What artist is the inspiration coming from on the track you want me to play on.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Have a conversation with the person, see how they jive with you.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Definitely my Suhr Badger 18, Creamback 65 Loaded VHT 1x12, Strymon Flint, G&L USA Legacy, and my PRS USA Starla.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I am an Electrical Engineering student, but I have played guitar since 2014. in 2019 I played for Lucky Mays until I moved to Central Texas in 2022.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Ian Thornly's ferocity, Mateas Assato's double stops, and Alex Lifeson's Chords. Although I have recently dug into Eric Johnson and Steely Dan, those styles are slowly being incorporated into my playing.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Toto! Toto is severely underrated, and I would love to be able to have recorded with them!

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Less bass on guitar tracks! I hear many of my friend's tracks and can't help but notice the overwhelming mushiness in the tune because EVERYTHING is "fat" I try to have a balanced guitar tone with a little bit of bass content.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Pop-Rock and Country!

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Coming up with simple yet effective guitar parts and melodic solos that you could sing too.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Playing that stands out by blending in. I love beautiful upper chordal extensions in music, but I try to disguise them in a track's mix as if the upper extensions are "subliminal" or "implied" to the listener. I play tasteful leads and solos and can adapt my style reasonably quickly.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I listen to a track a couple of times, chart out the chords, and ask questions if necessary. Then, determine modality, improvise parts based on the information I received and produced, then send some polished ideas back to the songwriter.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: My setup is relatively simple, but I get great raw tracks that can be EQ-ed to perfection. One Shure sm-57 and one Fathead ribbon mic allow me to capture my two amps' sounds truly. I also have an MX5 for additional textures!

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: RUSH!! Rush is my most significant influence. Alex Lifeson is an incredible guitarist, songwriter, and soloist; his ability to develop guitar parts that produce a lush soundscape for any tune he plays blows my mind. I am a fan of Tim Pierce and Tom Bukovac, and I try to glean any information about session work and playing from these two to truly add to a piece of music.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I come up with guitar parts that add to the overall sound and vibe of songs I record. I track tasteful solos.

Summer Days by Lucky Mays

I was the Bridge and Solo Guitarist in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Carlos Santana
  • Joe Satriani
  • Alex Lifeson
  • Ian Fletcher Thornley
Gear Highlights
  • Suhr Badger 18
  • VHT 1x12 with Celestin G12M 65 Creamback or G12M Greenback
  • PRS CE 24
  • PRS Starla
  • G&L Legacy
  • CHC Jazz master with filtertrons
  • AMI OMT-1E
  • Shure SM57
  • Cascade Microphones Fat Head
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