Paul Wierdak

Pianist / Producer / Engineer

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My name is Paul Wierdak. I am a Pianist/Engineer/Producer Based out of Chicago and Nashville. I work at Wall to Wall Recording in Chicago when I am not touring as a pianist or Front of House Engineer. I have over 25 years of piano experience, and have 10 years of Professional Experience playing and touring with bands/ singers that have taken me to

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38 Reviews - 6 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Clinton
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    Paul and I are frequent collaborators and I have never worked on a project with him that hasn't been made better for his involvement. I would work with Paul anytime, on any project.

  2. Review by Lisa H.
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    Paul did an amazing job one again!! Thank you so much! :)

  3. Review by Benjamin D.
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    Paul is very talented and he has great ideas. Really easy to work with!

  4. Review by Clinton
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    I asked Paul for a simple re-arrangement of one of my songs for piano what ended up happening was he found a way to make me hear a song I'd lived with in a new light. Brilliant - could not be happier!
    Working on more now!

  5. Review by Lisa H.
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    Paul is extremely talented and was amazing at nailing what we were looking for!! Can’t wait for the next song!!

  6. Review by PLCD
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    Great ideas, great sound, Paul does more than you've been asking for. I will definitely work with him again!

  7. Review by Underwolfe
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    Paul is really easy to work with and always comes through with the goods! i will always recommend him as a top notch geeza!

  8. Review by Clinton
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    I've worked with Paul regularly and he always delivers. Open to suggestions and requests, I can't recommend him highly enough!

  9. Review by Billy S.
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    Another great performance from Paul, executed perfectly and quickly!

  10. Review by Clinton
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    Paul's playing on my track is everything I could have asked for - but didn't have to! He made perfect choices for the song!

  11. Review by Clinton
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    Another great collaboration with Paul, he takes my ideas to new levels!

  12. Review by Clinton
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    HIghly recommend Paul, he just gets it, every time :)

  13. Review by Billy S.
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    Paul came through for me again, with sharp ideas and great keyboard playing!

  14. Review by Underwolfe
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    As ever Paul absolutely smashed this!
    Great guy very easy to work with Amazing skills very pleased

  15. Review by Henry S.
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    As always, Paul's a great Piano player and very accommodating to the musical dream I'm chasing!!!

  16. Review by Underwolfe
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    Paul is a stand up geeza! lovely bloke with serious skills.. he has brought my song to life.. ill be using him again real soon...

  17. Review by Josh T.
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    Paul’s attention to descriptive details surpasses many in his industry. I gave him direction of what I wanted for the piano and he went further than my initial expectations. He worked promptly and professionally in every single way. I will for sure be using him again in the future! His playing is truly special and one of kind. It’s hard to find the emotion he depicts through piano like he exemplifies.

  18. Review by Clinton
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    Paul is an absolute pleasure to work with. His work brought out another dimension in my song and I'm incredibly happy with it. Hope to work together many more times.

  19. Review by Stefan R.
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    Delighted with Paul's playing on my latest track, I was similarly impressed by his level of investment and transparency. Highly recommended!

  20. Review by Alan L.
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    Paul provided three different takes of a lead piano performance. All three were beautiful and provided exactly what I was looking for. And turnaround time was very quick. Look forward to working with him again in the future.

  21. Review by Henry S.
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    Second time I've used Paul to record piano for my song! Again, He did a great job! Very patient and understaning to what I was after!

  22. Review by Joseph S.
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    Paul was great to work with and prompt. Very well done final product. Excellent sound too.

  23. Review by Henry S.
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    Paul was amazing! Spent so much time, love and passion on the project! Was very accommodating in helping me achieve what I was after. I wouldn't use any other pianist on soundbetter.

  24. Review by Billy S.
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    Paul does excellent work every time.

  25. Review by Billy S.
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    I have used Paul as my go-to, and he comes through every time. This time, in addition to adding keys to pre-made tracks, he had an even larger role in composing and arranging the music. Everything turned out great!

  26. Review by Marc Ottavi
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    Paul is has a lot of passion and respect for what he does
    Great guy to work with

  27. Review by Daniel M.
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    Love working with Paul!

  28. Review by Clinton
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    I feel like Paul could read my mind, I was having trouble deciding what my song needed but after hearing Paul’s interpretations it was set. A stellar job!

  29. Review by Sean H.
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    Paul was great to work with. Knew exactly what I wanted from the references I sent and was able to capture the exact adjustments I wanted done

  30. Review by Daniel M.
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    Really easy to work with, exactly what I asked for!

  31. Review by Scott M.
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    Paul is incredibly talented and really easy to work with. Just a cool dude who is also very professional, communicative and timely. His piano track was dynamic, nuanced and just beautiful. Added so much to my track. He was able to capture the feel I was going for with a great unique flavor. I would totally recommend using Paul on your next project!

  32. Review by Rosendale
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    Paul delivered my holiday piano accompaniment quickly and was easy to work with! He was very helpful in the revision process. Thanks Paul!

  33. Review by Billy S.
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    Paul did some electric piano session work for me on short notice, and came through big time. Really took the song to the next level, and he's a great guy to work with. Highly recommended.

  34. Review by Tommy L.
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    Paul is a really skilled and talented man who cares a lot about his job.
    The communication was perfect (and I'm french, so sometimes lacking some english words doesn't help).
    That's a great experience, Paul's track will be featured on my upcoming physical album, so thank you again.

  35. Review by Billy S.
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    Paul is my go-to guy for piano and keyboard projects -- extremely skilled in many styles of playing, quick responses and turnaround, and a VERY easy to work with, positive person. Paul gets 5 Stars, every time!

  36. Review by Sergio L.
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    Excellent experience!

  37. Review by Billy S.
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    Working with Paul was a great experience. He is a very positive and professional person, who was accommodating to me and my vision for the recording. Of course, he's also an excellent pianist. Highly recommended.

  38. Review by Dima C.
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    Just stop browsing SoundBetter for the best pianist for your track and choose Paul now. Not just because he is a great piano player (he definitely is) or because of his amazing playing style. You can't even imagine how mindful he is, how fast he can work and how hard he tries to understand your vision. It's everything you need for a great collaboration.

Interview with Paul Wierdak

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

  2. A: Not Production based, but this one time at SXSW this punk girl in her early 20s came up to me after a show and said, "I've been saving up to buy a guitar and amp... for a long time. But after seeing you play I think I want to buy a Nord and an amp and learn to play it like you do!" Really meant a lot to me and totally caught me off guard.

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

  4. A: Not Production based, but this one time at SXSW this punk girl in her early 20s came up to me after a show and said, "I've been saving up to buy a guitar and amp... for a long time. But after seeing you play I think I want to buy a Nord and an amp and learn to play it like you do!" Really meant a lot to me and totally caught me off guard.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Depends. Both have their place and their people. I like both...

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

  8. A: That I am(or am not) the right person for the job, and we will make something that we are all going to be proud of.

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

  10. A: The feeling you get when something starts to work. The rush you get when you are creating.

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

  12. A: Depends what they want to do. But mostly, what are you looking for? What are some examples of something similar? What is your time frame? For Mixing, Have you ever had a project professionally Mixed/Mastered before.

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

  14. A: Just ask. I will be the first person to tell you if I am the right person for the job, and it won't hurt my feelings if you don't pick me. At the end of the day I want create good music. If I'm not the guy for you, I'll let you know, or point you toward someone.

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

  16. A: I started playing piano at a very young age. I excelled quickly, and was pushed to continue. I hated it. In 6th grade my cousin taught me pentatonic scales and how to use them. I fell in love with improvisation. My father always told people, "Paul sat down at the piano one day and never got back up." I practiced hours a day working on improvisation, composition, scales, and hand speed through junior high and high school, reading a bachelor's degree worth of music theory in the process.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: I specialize in Funk, Soul, Jazz, Rock, and Classical. But I have studied pretty much everything.

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

  20. A: Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, M83, and Miike Snow

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

  22. A: If something isn't working, don't try to force it. The right part/ arrangement/ lyrics/ or whatever don't come from force. Don't be afraid to point out something that you think doesn't work, to yourself or others. So many unnecessary pieces go into arrangements just because they were played.

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

  24. A: I work on a lot of Hip-hop, Rock, and Electronic for both playing and Mix/Mastering.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: I have 25+ years of piano specializing in improvisation, writing and arrangement.

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

  28. A: I try to bring what the song needs. Sometimes its a crazy solo, sometimes its a pad, and sometimes its just putting all the right pieces in the right place.

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

  30. A: I try to avoid a typical work process because every piece of art is different and requires a different train of thought. What works magic for one project might be distractive for the next. That being said, I DO VERY MUCH believe that process is critical. But process for each track has to come from brainstorming with the client, not from habit. Habit doesn't create good art.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: I move around, but have access to pretty much anything. I usually mix in the box for internet based projects to keep costs down, and use Piano VST, but have access to Neve VR/SSL/API boards for extra cost. I can work off a Yamaha C7 piano, as well.

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

  34. A: With 25+ years of music experience, I pull inspiration from many places. Some of my favorites are Mark Ronson, J Dilla, Keith Jarrett, David Bowie, M83, Kanye West, and Parliament.

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

  36. A: I do a large range of work for clients, but focus on and specialize in: A: Piano based instrument recording(Piano, E. piano, Synth, and Organ.) B: Mixing Hip-hop/Electronic/Rock

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Terms Of Service

All services come with two revisions, will happily do more if I feel the track needs more work. Turn around time for anything keyboard related or vocal tuning is 2-3 days. Mixing/Mastering 5-7.

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Gear Highlights
  • Neve1073 preamps
  • Nord Electro
  • Yamaha Motif
  • Nord Wave
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  • Native insturments Kompete 11
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