Horn & Vox - Arrangements/Performance with Distinctly Raw Attitude (Mad Caddies, Mariachi el Bronx)
I’ve been performing and recording trumpet, flugelhorn and valve trombone professionally for nearly a quarter of a century. I got my start with the international touring ensemble, Mad Caddies and then went on to round out the indescribable, San Francisco-based sextet, King City. In 2011 I joined the highly acclaimed, Mariachi el Bronx. The latter went on to become somewhat of a staple on late-night television and remains a primary focus to this day. I’ve guested with many highly renowned live acts, from Portugal. The Man to Los Lobos. I’ve also lent my talents on a number of studio sessions for artists such as UK ska pioneers, Madness and TV themes and performances for programs like Showtime's Weeds & Yo Gabba Gabba. I now have a studio of my own & I look forward to getting you just the sounds that you need for any project, big or small
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Interview with Keith Douglas
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you want Louis Armstrong? Or do you want Chuck Mangione?
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently had the freedom to expand on & flesh out a horn idea which became a full brass section on a song, co-written by Finneas for my friend Adam Melchor
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am preparing to perform live sets with a variety of bands this fall
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Rebecca Schlappich Charles 🎻
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. I just don’t have the space (or budget) for more stuff. Someday
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We’ll work at it until it’s the way you want it
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I live for the creative process. To collaborate with new artists & help them bring their vision to life is the best
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How’s it going? Great
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I’m not aware of any
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do it
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Music gear or survival gear? Haha… how’s the internet on this island?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began as a touring trumpeter in the punk & ska scene of the 90s & went on to become an arranger & session player. Next year will mark 25 years in the business
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Tom Waits. He’s my hero
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be present, every step of the way
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: No style is off the table
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Adding that extra layer to a song that sets it apart from the rest
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The brass sound that you are looking for
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Play ‘til I can’t play no more
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Me & a mic
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anyone who is passionate about their craft inspires me
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Trumpet sessions