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Interview with Lauren Passarelli
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Kate Chadbourne's Cd, Songs of The Poets. I recorded Kate live, singing and playing grand piano. Delicious original music she wrote and arranged for famous poems. I love the sounds we got together. A Parallel Sunrise, my new EP, has the best sounding mixes I've done to date. Features guest artists: Kate Chadbourne, Kathy Burkly, Norman Zocher, Bird Mancini.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Another EP of my own, writing arranging recording, parts for other artists songs and projects, collaborations with orchestrators, and learning constantly about recording techniques.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both because it's the person, their ears and artistry not the gear.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We're not finished till you are psyched.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Total creative freedom
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge? Depends on the project, gig, distance, time frame.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Not only Beatles
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have CDs of what you want your music to sound like.Time frame. Budget.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to the work your engineer or guitar player has done. Decide if it fits.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: strat, bass, drums, computer, apollo
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Writing & recording for 40 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean, accurate, rich, warm, intricate.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Paul McCartney. It would be a total blast to hang and play with Paul.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get the sound the way you want it before you press record.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: singer songwriter, instrumental, all styles
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: guitar, engineering,
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Ears, my musical sensibilities, tracks that enhance the song, and spotlight the artist.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I am sent tracks to mix, or add to. Locally I am asked to play on projects or engineer.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic Pro 10, Apollo Quad, UA, Waves plugins, out board gear, preamps, drums, guitars, basses, amps, Kawai K3 piano, Nord 73.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Fab Dupont, Frank Filipetti, George Martin, Imogen Heap, Elliot Scheiner, John Leventhall, John Paterno, Andrew Scheps.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm hired to play guitar, sing, arrange, produce, record, mix, and master music. I've recorded music for TV, films, books, CDs, audio books. I can also put a band together to back up an artist for a jam, performance or recording project.