Veteran X-Lizzy Borden guitarist w/years of touring and recording experience avail for studio and live guitar gigs, song production, songwriting and composition, I will work to meet your needs for all projects and provide legit warm solid guitar tracks that will blend in your audio tracks. Rock, Pop, Metal, Blues tones from A - Z can be achieved
Aka Gene Allen, BMI affl, BMG handles publishing, plenty of audio out there of my playing, I wanted to share mp3's from last year recordings here on this profile to represent the actual audio I can achieve with my home based setup, raw clips are from a new project in development, they are not mixed or mastered, most are just two rhythm GTR tracks. My guitars can be tuned 440, half and whole step (w/drop C) for your project, I will do my best to find the tone that best suits your vision. I try to bust out all tracks asap for quick turnaround times and work on any revisions needed (not unlimited, but want you to be happy with everything).
Deep FX GTR tracks can be done = trippy, chime/bell like over tones, crazy industrial/electronic vibes, under water tones, 60's/70's wah pedals, and other special FX synth pedal noise, as well as your straight up rock guitar sound.
I am new here to the remote recording deal, I look forward to working with all kinds of new clients and hope give them some rad LA style FX GTR noise. I perform with X-Suicidal Tendencies Bass & Drummer based in Venice Beach for live gigs, I am open to check out live performance opportunities as well, feel free to contact anytime with your project vision and allow me to throw some legit creative energy into the mix.
TOS: song collabs, guitar riffs and chord progressions = even % of publishing & writers share
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Interview with Gene Duarte
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: That would be the current Sci-Fi Metal project in development now, it's like nothing I've ever done to date, very experimental music/sound and a hybrid of styles in the mix
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A project for Setsuzoku Records
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A analog player living in a digital world... I like the warmth you get with analog (the old 2" tape machines), I've figured out how to replicate tape saturation with the Studer D19 and get that slam the vol into tape concept producers use to do back in the day, that's why my digital tracks are nice, tight and warm vs. brittle and thin
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: The goal is customer satisfaction, provide a positive experience, make your song rock
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Playing GTR's & producing music is fun, I like being my own boss... until you hire me than your the boss!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since the 80's when I started out with local LA band "Lizzy Borden" ... a long time lol
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I grew up watching EVH and the slick LA guitar thing was my game for years, now I'm more versatile with tones, textures and style, can be straight up stock rock or way sick weird noise type of vibes, all depends on the project and song needs more than my vision... after one of my live shows a fan came up to me and said "You have this "F You" style of playing" so I guess that's it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Most of the time two solid rhythm guitar tracks will do the job, but certain areas (chorus?) could use a little more beef so I will experiment with 1 or 2 more reinforcement tracks in that part of the song but play the chords with a different inversion/position from the main guitar tracks.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of my past work has been in the heavy metal/hard rock world, I've worked with singer/songwriters, some Hip Hop & Trip Hop projects, some TV/Film incidental gigs, pop rock/soft pop artist
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Song composition/writing & development
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: mad creative energy, crazy guitar tones and avant-garde/abstract guitar parts, arrangement options, in song writing/development I let the song dictate where it wants to go, tap into the energy of the idea and see what comes out while playing the part(s), I tend to break some music theory rules and go outside the box because music is alive and doesn't always have to follow any set guidelines
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Every project/song may require different elements to find the right guitar tone and parts, I go with the flow and see what works for any given song, try new ideas that might lead to learning something new, once I've tapped into the vibe it's time to hit the red button.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: MacBook Pro w/Ableton Live, PreSonus Audiobox USB & Studer D19 Mic Valve for the preamp, the unit has two 12AX7 preamp tubes in each channel that really warms up the digital tracks since they can tend to be thin and brittle with most cheap A/D converters, Lacie Ext hard drive for back ups and storage, CAD Equitek II B mic & Shure 57/58 - I will upgrade mics to AKG 414 and a Blue Bird asap. It is a home based setup so have to keep vol levels respectable but I still can get a tight crunchy guitar tone without having to turn up to 11
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Great to see some up and coming young guns carry the torch, I know there are many young amazing Japanese girl musicians really bring the fire in rock/metal music. I'm currently working on a project for some of Japan's best players
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Hired gun for live shows, song composition/writing, produce cover and original songs, recording session on location was how I did this in the past but now it's a different world with the remote recording file share thing.