I'm a folk rock musician who writes, records and produces their own music. I have thus far released an EP and a full length album, with another EP currently in the works.
I have been writing and arranging songs for over a decade. I am adept at and able to offer the following services:
- Song writing (lyrics)
- Song writing (arrangement)
- Lead guitar
If you take a look at my music you will hear that I specialise in acoustic rock. That being said I have a versatile range and am more than happy to try things outside of my comfort zone!
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Interview with Carli Oso Music
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I released my album 'The Wrecking Joint' on December 5th. I'm particularly proud of this project as I wrote, composed, recorded and mastered the entire thing myself!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working with a couple of local clients to produce podcast/social media intros for their businesses. I'm also working on my third album/EP!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Preferably analogue because I prefer the sound of the room. Practically digital because it's more efficient and easier to work with.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That they will walk away with a product that makes them smile (or cry tears of joy)!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I have the opportunity to do something I'm genuinely passionate about and to share a little piece of myself with the world.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long have you been doing this - playing/writing 15 years, recording/producing 3 years
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's cool! Haha. Just kidding, it is cool, but I don't think people realise that a lot of the job is spent sitting in front of a computer screen rather than playing instruments.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to ask clients who they have worked with before (if anyone), as well as what they're hoping to achieve from the project!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I think it's really important to work with someone who's style you're actually into, so doing a little research and checking out multiple artists is a great place to start.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd be perfectly happy with an acoustic guitar! But if I had to pick 5 (assuming I didn't have access to power!) - acoustic guitar, foot tambourine, kick drum, glass slide and harmonica.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have always been incredibly passionate about music, both writing and producing. I have been playing instruments and writing songs for close to 15 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a fusion of folk, rock, blues and Americana.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Nathaniel Ratelifee, because he is an incredible songwriter.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Keep it simple!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My own personal styles include folk, indie-rock and Americana. That being said, I am more than happy to work on music from any and all genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Throughout my years of musical exploration, I have honed in on my own style(s) with regards to vocals, rhythm & lead guitar and songwriting overall. I bring my own unique style into everything I do.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I'm working on an original guitar piece, my typical process is to improvise without having anything plugged in initially. Once I have a few pieces that I'm happy with, I hook up either to my amp or directly into Ableton to work on the arrangement in more detail. Depending on the client requirements, I may send them several initial drafts to choose from.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have two guitars (Takemine G Series acoustic // Epiphone Riviera p93), a full drum kit (I'm not a professional drummer but I record for my own tracks), mics and all the necessary equipment to record to a high standard. I run everything through a Scarlett interface into my MacBook Pro. I also have several guitar amps and a selection of pedals (Blues Driver/Loop/Delay/Reverb). I use Ableton for recording & mastering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My primary musical inspirations include the likes of Shakey Graves, Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Black Keys.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I produce original guitar arrangements for podcasts, social media, other musicians and more. I also write original songs for clients and record session compositions, including lead guitar.