Paul Kempf

Hammond organ & piano & keys

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I am Hammond organ, piano and keyboard player with 20 years of experience of playing in bands and recording in studios for various artists in my country and region.

Coming from the musical family where music was cherised through several generations it was inevitably that it became my profession. I started to play piano at the age of 3, than formal education came at 8, and since 20 I'm professional musician.
I played in many bands, and last 12 years in one of the most significant and popular bands from ex Yugoslavian teritory. As well, I often play in other music formations (duo, trio).
For many other music performers I've played on studio recordings of various genres (rock, pop, jazz, blues, world music).
I even participated in creation of soundtrack for the movie Nafaka (2006).
For many years I've been working as accompanist to jazz and blues singers and I teach piano lessons.

I'm experienced and enjoy to record:
- Hammond organ A100 through Leslie 760 (tube in preamp)
- Weinbach upright piano
- Hammond organ using Viscount Legend
- piano, Rhodes, Clavi sounds using Yamaha CP4
- Rhodes MK2 73 piano

Since I'm active in playing and recording for years, I believe that I will add specific touch to your musical piece playing those unique instruments.
Feel free to contact me, even if your music is of different genre than ones I named in my profile.
I'm looking forward to work with you.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

49 Reviews - 11 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jay Jacobs
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    All round top quality work from Paul. Beautiful playing and beautiful piano sound

  2. Review by Oscar B.
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    Paul consistently provides top quality work

  3. Review by Randy H.
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    Paul is a true pro. He delivered some really tasty Hammond tracks that were recorded nicely. He was timely and communicated through the entire process. Highly recommended.

  4. Review by Matt B.
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    Great sounding piano, nailed the vibe, and even gave me some extra options that were really helpful. Highly recommended!

  5. Review by Oscar B.
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    Paul consistently provides top quality work.

  6. Review by Charlie R.
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    Paul did another great job playing piano on three songs of mine - highly recommended to all! Thanks Paul! A+++++

  7. Review by Paul J.
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    Paul delivered exactly what I was looking for. Piano sounded great and the files were properly balanced. Paul was easy to communicate with and I had my deliverables within a few days. I would definitely hire Paul again.

  8. Review by Bruno Lewis
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    Always great working with Paul. Excellent musician and always professional!

  9. Review by Oscar B.
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    I'm very happy with Paul's work. He is a top professional.

  10. Review by Bruno Lewis
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    Always great working with Paul. He is very talented and very professional.

  11. Review by Bruno Lewis
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    As always working with Paul is great! Talented and professional.

  12. Review by Charlie R.
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    Paul did a great job recording instrumental piano versions of our songs! A+++ highly recommended to all!

  13. Review by Jörgen A.
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    Such a pleasure to work with this fine, sensitive and friendly musician.
    First stop for great organ tracks!

  14. Review by Bruno Lewis
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    Always great working with Paul! Professional and a brilliant musician!

  15. Review by Justin Bowen
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    Paul was extremely easy to work with. He gave us just what we wanted, plus more. The quality of his piano recording is very clean and works great in the mix. He's also a piano tuner so he slightly detuned his upright to match the feel of the song that much more. If you're looking for a great sounding piano and an incredible performance Paul is your guy. I'll definitely hire him again.

  16. Review by Bruno Lewis
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    Brilliant as usual! Great player and sticks to his deadlines!

  17. Review by Bruno Lewis
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    Paul is an extremely talented musician. Great communication and got the job done really quickly! Look forward to working with him again!

  18. Review by June H.
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    Paul is a great communicator and a fast worker. We went back and forth a lot so he could make sure the comp I wanted was perfect. He gave me a lot of options and made sure to clear them through me first before attempting anything. Paul’s piece is very beautiful. I would highly recommend working with him.

  19. Review by robert w.
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    Paul did a great job on my piano ballad. He was very prompt. And he understood my limited directions completely. He plays with a lot of feeling.

  20. Review by Patric M.
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    Paul did an amazing job on the Upright Piano! Now my track has a real and genuine boogie woogie feeling! thank you :)

  21. Review by Stefan M.
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    Paul is a professional musician
    Hi is a excellent piano player I would definitely recommend him to other people

  22. Review by Martin G.
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    Amazing groove and sound, he plays strong and got the mood of the song very fast. Definetely will work with him again.

  23. Review by stef
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    Paul is super talented and delivers the work professionally!

  24. Review by Chris K.
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    Paul was a real pleasure to work with. He played the parts I wrote exactly how I wanted them and even improved upon them while still keeping the intent of the song. The performance had great feeling behind it. I highly recommend him!

  25. Review by Claire Batchelor
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    This is the second time I've used Paul and I hope to be able to work with him again very soon! He's quick to reply to messages, a wonderful player, and delivered EXACTLY what I wanted! Thanks so much!

  26. Review by AJ Rivlin
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    Was very on point and just what I was looking for. Very satisfied.

  27. Review by James R.
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    Wow! Paul is fantastic. He went above and beyond when re-recording some piano parts for me. A really amazing player and the results were better than I could of imagined. Also very quick and efficient! Thank you Paul!

  28. Review by Liam S.
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    great work

  29. Review by Claire Batchelor
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    Paul was wonderful to work with, I wouldn't hesitate to use him again. I needed some upright piano parts recorded for some music library tracks, and he played the parts perfectly. There were some very difficult time signatures too. I'm so happy with the recordings.

    Paul is easy to work with and recorded promptly. I hope I can use his talents again very soon!

  30. Review by Ekstent
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    Absolutely top notch!

  31. Review by Faizan B.
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    Very professional, efficient and great to work with. The organ track for our song sounds great, and I would highly recommend Paul for anyone wanting to get keys recorded!

  32. Review by Emma T.
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    Paul instantly understood what I was looking for and even sent me a sample so I knew exactly what I was getting. The song I received was excellent quality and I can't thank Paul enough.

  33. Review by Deedra G.
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    You will not find a kinder, more competent professional with better musical skill or artistry than Paul. So, look no further for your piano needs. You will not be disappointed. Paul will do everything in his power to accommodate your requests with efficiency and integrity, going the extra mile every time. To work with Paul is to know that you will receive excellence across the board and be 100% satisfied with your project. I would give Paul 10 stars if possible for all that he has done for me!!!

  34. Review by Nahk | Atik
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    Paul provided excellent live organ, piano and Rhodes tracks for my project. I’ve worked with him before and the quality is always top tier!

  35. Review by Ekstent
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    Fantastic! Exceeded my expectations. Superb I will use him again

  36. Review by Socot R.
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    Paul is an amazing Organ player and easy to work with, highly recommended!!!

  37. Review by Mickey F.
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    Paul did an amazing job. Nailed the part I needed.

  38. Review by Katrel k.
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    Paul completed a beautiful job to my project, He is a talented Pianist and will most certainly be seeking him for future projects. I am very very satisfied on the outcome. On time, great communication.

  39. Review by Sophie R.
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    I have had an absolutely brilliant experience working with Paul. His playing is fantastic and he also was very efficient and good to work with. I have already started working on my next project with him - thoroughly recommend.

  40. Review by Antti M.
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    Great work!

  41. Review by Clinton
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    Paul was easy to work with and delivered everything I hoped for for my project. Would recommend any time.

  42. Review by Nahk | Atik
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    Paul is superb with the organ and keys! Thinks outside the box and adds great textures...nice work! I definitely recommend him for future work.

  43. Review by Bryan A.
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    This guy is gifted. I asked Paul for a blues organ part on two slow blues songs. The guy knocked it out of the park. He stuck to the bit of guidance I gave but also added a lot of flare and creativity I couldn't have dreamed of. Given his incredible play on my tracks I'd be comfortable hiring Paul for any style of music.

  44. Review by Lidija Bajuk
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    Inherent talent and acquired education often lull us, so we begin to believe that serious work is no longer necessary. But the power of Paul's musical personality is in his serious preparatory exercises, focusing and reliability. Nevertheless, the subtlety of his musical improvisation surpasses these rational traits.

  45. Review by Laka
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    Just realised that Hammond is too fuckin heavy instrument when I carried it by hand with Paul Kempf also that Paul is very professional and great musician.

  46. Review by Denyken
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    As a music producer, I've been working with Paul for more than ten years on countless projects ... for a reason!
    Paul is all I'm looking for from session musicians: real sense of the song and arrangement, great playing skills,speed,
    a top-of-the-line collection of equipment with some rare vintage keyboards..
    It is a real pleasure to work with him !

  47. Review by Trak - drummer for "Zabranjeno pusenje"
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    Was my musical and personal buddy for ten years in popular rock band. Together we played in front of a crowds as many as 100.000 people. Incredibly precise and devoted to music, adding that professional, jazzy touch to rough rock music. Very creative and able to refine and add beauty to any genre and arrangement.

  48. Review by Tomislav Goluban
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    Awesome musician! He understand song story and he plays in that manner. Very confidential and reasonable.

  49. Review by Elma Burnić
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    Very talanted musican and very professional in performing his duties. With his musical ideas contributes to each arrangement.

Interview with Paul Kempf

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: For Hammond organ I use Leslie 760 with tube in preamp recorded with two Rode NT55 matched pair and AKG D112 (for bass part of Leslie). For upright piano I record with same Rode mics. All those recordings go through soundcard M-audio 2626 Firewire as well as all for other digital key instruments.

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

  4. A: I record almost all music instruments with keys (piano, rhodes, clavinet, hammond organ, vox organ, etc.).

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

  6. A: I'm inspired by many genres of music from different periods. There are The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Weather Report. Also there are many jazz musicians such as Oscar Peterson, Jimmy Smith, Joe DeFrancesco, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Carlos Jobim, Horace Silver, etc.

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

  8. A: First I listen to the music piece few times, than write it down. After that I sing the idea of instument line. Than I play it with instrument in few versions untill one version sounds the best for me. I leave it for two days without listening, and if it yet sounds equally good - the process is done.

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

  10. A: Unique sound of "real" instruments (hammond organ, upright piano) as well as my wide experience and skill. I'm quite critic to myself but people who listen to my performing and who I work with like and value my way of playing and my work.

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

  12. A: It is quite wide range - from etno music to blues, light jazz, rock music and fusion of all named styles.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: I bring original instrument line/part with feeling.

  15. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  16. A: Although it is heavy to carry it would be Hammond B3, Leslie 147, Bösendorfer grand piano, Fender Rhodes & Vox Continental.

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

  18. A: Creativity, freedom of expression, using my knowledge and skills.

  19. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  20. A: Analog, of course, but nowadys it is impossible to avoid digital. So, my answer is both. But, for listening music - LP, of course :-)

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

  22. A: Yes, two friends and colleagues - Tony Lovic and David Duvnjak, both very good in music production as well as great musicians.

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

  24. A: I will do my best, using all my knowledge and experience and dedicating needed time.

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    Acoustic upright piano with middle pedal pressed (felt between the hammers and the strings) - Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg - whole song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7XRIyY42Rg
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    Hammond A100 + Leslie 760, dry
Terms Of Service

Typical turnaround time: 5-7 days depending on the project. One revision included. Average price per song: 110$ (Yamaha CP4, KONTAKT sampler pianos) & 160$ (Hammond A100/Leslie 760, upright piano)

GenresSounds Like
  • The Doors
  • Deep Purple
  • Jimmy Smith
Gear Highlights
  • Hammond A100
  • Leslie 760 (with tube in preamp)
  • Weinbach upright piano
  • Yamaha CP4
  • Rhodes 73 mk2 piano
  • Viscount Legend
  • Rode NT55 matched pair
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