I'm a multi-instrumentalist living in Nashville, offering potent and creative production. One of the greatest joys I find in my career is helping songwriters and artists see the vision for their song through. Whether I'm simply adding a bass part or producing the entire song from the ground up, my goal is to enhance and compliment the song.
I've been creating and recording music since I was in middle school. Back then, having no idea that it would someday become my full time occupation, it was all about purely chasing the joy that comes from music. This is still the approach I take with creating, and I'm so fortunate to be able to come alongside so many talented humans with stories to tell and help them chase this joy as well.
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Christian is my musical lifeguard. I feel like a song can't help but end up good when I empower him on a track. Since taking on Christian we have garnered a catalogue earning thousands of dollars in licensing, landed on Spotify editorial playlists, and made some of the best music of my career. I use Christian for:
Christian rocks on the bass, but also excels at all the other things that really matter on session- he's a great hang, works unbelievably hard to make sure you're happy with the parts, and has chops for days. This guy sums up what a pro Nashville musician looks like: friendly, kind, a quick study, and a beast of a player.
Christian is my first call for all things bass (studio and live). I am an artist based in Minneapolis and I love working with him. When you hear him play you sense his immeasurable creativity and attention to detail while maintaining a simple craftsmanship unique to each piece of art. You can be confident you are getting the best with him. Cheers.
Great player, great tone.
Christian is a world class musician through and through. His precision, feel, and preparedness make him a no-brainer for any project or gig.
Interview with Christian Harger
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anybody with unique character and strong creative visions. Justin Vernon is a huge inspiration to me, from his work on his own music to his guest appearances on tracks to his producing other artists. Ian Fitchuck, also here in Nashville, is one of the most virtuosic players and producers I've ever had the pleasure of working with. I find that my favorite producers and musicians always bring a lot of their own flavor and sound to a project, but never at the cost of throwing out the artist's vision for the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie, Indie-pop, and Singer-songwriter
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Creating an arrangement that moves along seamlessly. I find myself toiling over transitions from section to section, making sure it's as strong as it can possibly be.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: On the production side of things, it's typically taking a song idea from just a basic draft to a full production. Usually I get sent a demo where the song isn't fully written or figured out, but it's enough for me to start playing with and arranging. I think of the stage as setting the foundation of the mood of the song, which is always so helpful for an artist to finish the writing. I think about it as if we were in the studio together, in which case I'd be building the track and the framework while the artist was working out the parts. Same concept applies, just from afar and over the web.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! The combination of these two is really where the industry is right now, and where I expect it to stay for quite a while. I played on a record for producer/mix legend Jacquire King not long ago and was so inspired by his approach to this "analog or digital" issue. He had an impressive array of outboard gear as well as every plugin you can imagine. There were times he chose to use the plugin version of a piece of gear he had 3 feet away from him. I think it's all about knowing what you're going for and knowing the routes you can take and which one will be most efficient and effective.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One of my favorite realizations I've had was that, in most cases, it's more powerful to altar something in a sound or instrument than it is to just add more layers. IE, when going into a chorus, instead of just stacking more synth parts, I'll open up the filter on an existing synth, or automate it in some other way. These keeps the pieces lean and gives the song a sense of growth and dynamics that can otherwise get choked out by too many stacked instruments.