Kat Bula

Session Fiddler/Violinist

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21 Reviews (14 Verified)
Kat Bula on SoundBetter

Hi friend! I'm a full-time fiddler/violinist, vocalist and string arranger. I most often work in the Americana and indie-folk-pop realm, but I've also collaborated with artists ranging from metal to hip hop to jazz. I love tastefully supporting a vocal, and I also love shredding a solo--whatever the song needs. Let's work together!

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Kat Bula
  • Connor Lewis & the Desperados
  • The Rooftops
  • The Rooftops
  • Coty Hogue
  • Coty Hogue
  • Coty Hogue

21 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Tim C.
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    More great work from Kat - her playing never gets in the way of a song, she seems to have an instinctive feel for what works. Would highly recommend!

  2. Review by Jed D.
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    It's always great to work with Kat... she takes on my weird projects and delivers fantastic tracks. What else is there to say, really?

  3. Review by Rachel H.
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    Kat is not only a superb violinist; she is also a great communicator! I contacted her about a song with both a written & improv violin part, and she knocked both out of the park. But what stood out to me the most was how much she communicated throughout the process so I knew exactly what was going on even in the midst of out-of-the-ordinary circumstances due to COVID. It was a great experience!

  4. Review by Charlotta L.
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    Amazing and professional as always! I'm happy with the recording and with the fast delivery. Thank you so much, Kat!!

  5. Review by Jed D.
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    Kat provides perfect violin (and viola) tracks - exactly what the song needs, well recorded, and with a super quick turnaround. She makes the whole process simple and fun! :-)

  6. Review by Jed D.
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    Working with Kat was easy and awesome - wonderful and appropriate fiddle parts, played to perfection with a super quick turnaround. I couldn't ask for anything more!

  7. Review by Tim C.
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    when Kat works on my songs I always give her the freedom to just do her thing, and she always hits the bullseye. Can't recommend highly enough!

  8. Review by Tim C.
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    Ket always delivers the goods. Perceptive, communicative and skilled. Highly recommended!

  9. Review by Tim C.
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    I've worked with Kat a few times - a really versatile and talented musician. She'll be my go-to violin / vocalist in the future!

  10. Review by Charlotta L.
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    Kat is a brilliant and talented violinist who makes quality recordings. She is also responsive to what the customer needs and deliverers high quality tracks really quickly. Thank you!

  11. Review by Tim C.
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    Kat was receptive, communicative, prompt, and above all a mean fiddle player! Would definitely recommend and hire again. Thanks Kat:)

  12. Review by Pat H.
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    Top notch effort, well and above anything I expected. Was soo easy to work with :-)

  13. Review by Andrew L.
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    Kat did a great job and is fun to work with!

  14. Review by Antonio A.
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    Excellent fiddler and splendid singer... She accepted one of the worst musical proposal that a professional musician could receive, putting all her virtuoso talent in the task, transforming all that chaotic musical puzzle in a comprehensive song and finishing it on time without losing her friendly patience... What else could I ask for...? :)

  15. Review by Josh Hou
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    I've had the pleasure of working with Kat twice. She's a good and responsive communicator, tasteful improvisor, plays great rhythms and sings well. I'd work with her again in a heartbeat.

  16. Review by Aaron Harmonson
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    I've worked with Kat on stage and in the studio in countless different scenarios and every time she serves the songs as a great artist and consummate professional. She understands a broad range of music with immense nuance and has developed wide ranging techniques. For session work as a violinist / fiddler / vocalist, she has great ideas that bring songs to a whole new level and perfectly performs those ideas. I also strongly recommend her as a string arranger.

  17. Review by Coty Hogue
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    Kat went above and beyond what I could have imagined for her in the studio. She wrote beautiful string arrangements for fiddle/viola parts, made sure that her parts were up to not only my standards but her own, and gave invaluable feedback about what she was hearing. Her ear is amazing! You won't be disappointed!

  18. Review by Jessica Lynne
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    I have worked with Kat Bula on various projects and she is an exceptional player. Versatile, intuitive and thorough. She is capable of improvising, coming up with beautiful fiddle hooks AND creating full string arrangements. She's also an incredible vocalist. She is my #1 player!

  19. Review by Ken Helms
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    Kat is professional, technically proficient, and all that... but what sets her apart is her empathy and ability to emotionally connect with a song, to find something intangible that helps to not only to complete the vision, but expand and deepen it. She is a wonderful person and excellent musician that I would recommend without hesitation.

  20. Review by Bruce Blood
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    Very simply, Kat is my first-call fiddle player and has been for a long time. I write and play in a wide variety of styles, and have yet to find any song in any genre that she can't make better. Look no further if you need a fiddler with great tone, intonation, musicality, versatility and inspiration.

  21. Review by Norm Peterson
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    Kat Bula was a real pleasure to work with. She came to the session well prepared and totally nailed the violin playing I needed really quickly and the results were AWESOME.. She is well versed in many styles.. A very sweet person and SO professional.. I will be hiring her again!
    Norm Peterson-producer

Interview with Kat Bula

  1. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  2. A: Aaron Harmonson is a terrific bass player! Whether you need upright acoustic bass, or electric bass guitar, he's your guy for any genre.

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

  4. A: My first coproducer credit was on Coty Hogue's album Flight, which we recorded in Nashville in 2016. I also played fiddle, sang harmony, and wrote string arrangements for it. I love the way the album turned out, and from what I hear, many others do, too.

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

  6. A: I started studying both fiddle and classical violin formally over 25 years ago. (Dang, how did that happen?!) I got a college degree in music, and have now been earning my living as a performer and music teacher for over a decade. It's a blessing, for sure!

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

  8. A: All the different people I get to connect with! Whether it's other musicians, students, or people I meet on tour, this industry is full of fascinating people and experiences. That's why I love Soundbetter, too--it means I get to collaborate with folks I would never even meet otherwise.

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

  10. A: Songwriters often bring me in to wind fiddle parts around their vocals--either pretty, violinistic lines or more raucous fiddley parts. I love both. As a songwriter myself, I understand the importance of keeping the vocals front and center, but also the power of string parts to build the dynamic range of the song.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: Currently I'm hiring professional engineers to do these remote recordings. This means I keep less of your payment, but it's worth it to get you a higher-quality recording than I can get in my noisy apartment with low-end gear.

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