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Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
What are you working on at the moment?
Another EP of my own, writing arranging recording, parts for other artists songs and projects, collaborations with orchestrators, and learning constantly about recording techniques.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I'm new.
Analog or digital and why?
Both because it's the person, their ears and artistry not the gear.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
We're not finished till you are psyched.
What do you like most about your job?
Total creative freedom
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How much do you charge? Depends on the project, gig, distance, time frame.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Not only Beatles
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Do you have CDs of what you want your music to sound like.Time frame. Budget.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Listen to the work your engineer or guitar player has done. Decide if it fits.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
strat, bass, drums, computer, apollo
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Writing & recording for 40 years.
How would you describe your style?
Clean, accurate, rich, warm, intricate.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Paul McCartney. It would be a total blast to hang and play with Paul.
Can you share one music production tip?
Get the sound the way you want it before you press record.
What type of music do you usually work on?
singer songwriter, instrumental, all styles
What's your strongest skill?
guitar, engineering,
What do you bring to a song?
Ears, my musical sensibilities, tracks that enhance the song, and spotlight the artist.
What's your typical work process?
I am sent tracks to mix, or add to. Locally I am asked to play on projects or engineer.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Logic Pro 10, Apollo Quad, UA, Waves plugins, out board gear, preamps, drums, guitars, basses, amps, Kawai K3 piano, Nord 73.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.