No one I've worked with has had any regrets!
I'm a self-taught guitarist who specializes in Hard Rock music. However, I can confidently play many different styles of music and have a great ear for melody and creating powerful guitar parts. It's always about the music first. I've been playing guitar for 16 years and gigging, songwriting, mixing and producing for 7 years.
I am also offering excellent mixing work in as little time as possible. I work in Pro Tools and Logic Pro and am currently furthering myself in school studying Sound and Music Recording. My strengths of a mix engineer are in rock, blues, pop and R&B. I have extensive knowledge in those genres of music as a musician and that knowledge translates well into mixes!
All examples of my work are original tracks. Written, recorded and mixed myself!!
Very much looking forward to meeting new people and creating new and exciting creative relationships!!
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Interview with Trick Vilbar
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I had produced an artist's material from the ground up, by myself. I produced and mixed her material, as well as played all the instruments on her songs. It was during the very first wave of the pandemic and we were very limited to how many people we could take to the studio. So, it was just her, the engineer and myself. I took the drums we recorded home from the studio to mix and then overdubbed the other instruments at home as well. She has since gone on to launch a promising career in music, gaining college and indie radio play and has been interviewed on national news outlets and radio.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Personally, I am developing my own band and we are currently working out kinks in our material to take to the studio. As a guitarist, I'm currently working with an artist out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and another out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Both very different styles, but both very enjoyable experiences.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I think he's on here, but I recently did a session with Adam Newcomb. He was a really great, self-taught engineer! He knew when to work and when we could take a minute to just chill. He was a lightning fast engineer and he made the work that much more enjoyable. It was a pleasure to watch him work!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I am indifferent. Technology has come such a long way that you almost can't be on one side or the other.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you'll find something I do interesting and creative.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to play guitar and help others with bringing their visions to life through music!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They usually ask when they can expect my work and I usually respond by saying, "Soon... and I think you're going to dig it."
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Honestly, I feel I never see sheet music (thank God). It's definitely more about the kind of person you are, your talent and your potential! I'm lucky that people have given me the opportunity to work with them and I love every minute of it!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I usually ask if they are doing well first. Then I'd move on to talk about what the task at hand is and how we can approach the work in a creative and exciting way! It also never hurts to talk about influences before hand and get a better understanding of the vision of the material.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would say, hire a provider that is talented and is kind. It's always a better experience to work with someone you can laugh with, than with the most talented person who is an a**.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An acoustic guitar. If I were on a desert island, I couldn't really ask for anything more than that - assuming there's no power on this island haha
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path is to be an artist. I'd like to be known for my ideas and my music, my playing and my creativity. I have been following this path for about seven years now, while it's not the easiest path, it's one I insist on staying on because I love it so much.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style as honest. I am very much myself when I play music. Although I am a versatile guitarist, I am always very honest and sincere in my approach. While I may draw from other influences, I am always me.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Paul McCartney. I just think there is so much to learn from his insight and experience in songwriting and production since The Beatles. I like that he has stayed relevant since the 60's and is very much open to change and still evolving.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Subtlety is key!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Lately, I've been working on a lot of Rock and Pop material, but I tend to play more R&B, Fusion and Blues in my own time. I should note that when I work on my own material, it gravitates to a Rock and R&B vibe that I feel is unique and very much, me!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill as a musician and mix engineer is my creativity! I like to draw from many influences from both classic and modern eras of music and apply those ideas in my own way.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am as invested in the project as the artist is and need to do a great job. My personality shines through in anyway it can; through the most subtle and clever work, to the most bombastic and chaotic styles. I take pride in knowing how I play is very much me and no one else, others would also agree.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process is as follows: First, I have a chat with the artist about their vision and ideas for their material. This discussion covers the vibe of the track, the feeling and what influences we can draw on. I would then help with arrangement, if needed, but more typically than not, the material is already laid down and I just have to lay down some guitar. I try a couple of passes of some ideas and then I usually lay down the final guitar tracks.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently work in two main areas, my apartment and a studio basement I had built at my parents' place. Both are fully capable of delivering great results and there is sufficient sound proofing to hear mixes and recordings clearly. I use a UA Ox Box to get great and authentic live room sounds, but I am also capable of recording guitars. I use a Focusrite 2i2 to record, it has fantastic preamps that get the job done as well as microphones to capture my sound. I have a MIDI Controller and Keyboard that I regularly use and the DAWs I use are Pro Tools and Logic Pro.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am heavily influenced by Jimmy Page and more his creative work as a producer for Led Zeppelin. Musically, I'm influenced by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Michael Jackson etc. and I try to draw inspiration from those influences and apply modern techniques and approaches in my guitar playing.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do for clients is Guitar Session work. I've played sessions ranging from R&B to Hard Rock. My biggest strength is my ability to create strong and memorable guitar parts that suit the given material!