Analog or digital and why?
Both, they both have their benefits and if used in conjunction they can yield great results.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To give them great tracks in a timely manner.
What do you like most about your job?
The feeling of adding to a song that can make the artist shine and add another dimension to the musicality.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it is all about comping and just playing the changes over the song, to me, it is about orchestration and finding the specific area where my playing fits in to make the song more complete.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What feel would you like my tracks to bring to your songs?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Strat, a Marshall bluesbreaker, a loop pedal, and 2 4x12 extension cabs so I can be heard and rescued off the island...
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mostly pop and rock tracks. But I do tracks for all genres.
What's your strongest skill?
Timeliness, I believe that timeliness is very important because it goes into every aspect of the business. It goes with communication between myself and who I am working with, to respond quickly, and getting parts done quickly with high quality so the artist can keep working on the production of their song without waiting on my end.
What do you bring to a song?
Tastefulness. I believe if I do my job right, you won't notice my parts but you will feel the track being more cohesive and having more groove.
What's your typical work process?
I first listen to the song and play over it a few times to get a good vibe and what the song needs without being too much. I then record a scratch take of it to analyze it closer and see if any tweaks need to be made to fit the song better, then I record the full part. If they want my effects on it then I send a track finished from my end, and I also send a dry track as well so the client can use their own effects if desired,
Tell us about your studio setup.
I run Ableton with a Marshall Amp and Cab Clone, for silent recording, and a multi effect processor as well as many other pedals to get any sound needed.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am heavily inspired by the old school players such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Charlie Parker, and Wes Montgomery as well as new school guys like Tim Pierce, John Mayer, and Pat Martino.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Professionally recorded guitar parts ranging from pop to rock, r&b, to jazz styles.