Playing guitar while riding a dragon...
My name is JD McGibney, and I conquer my battlefield on the wings of dragons. Sometimes while shredding on guitar, but always through a keen determination to follow my heart... and never actually on a dragon (sadly).
After almost two decades of practicing music and exercising my creativity in any way possible, I have learned that there is no other place I would rather be than on stage or in a studio; to me, music is the key to the universe.
I have traveled the world with some wonderful people, and I have had the opportunity to share the stage with some fantastic musicians. In my time on this earth, I have come to love reaching out and connecting with the world through that which I love most.
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Interview with JD McGibney
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Being into metal, most people seem surprised when I can play other genres of music. Or that I am super cheerful most of the time.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Would you like to join me for a cup of coffee?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I will always make sure that what ever your dream is for a project gets nothing but 110% of what it deserves, and I promise to deliver as many quality puns and dad jokes as you can handle.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A bottle of never ending sunscreen (I burn SUPER easily), my favorite guitar, my aviator sunglasses (because everyone loves Top Gun), my cell phone (so I can call for someone to pick me up), and an espresso machine with a never ending supply of coffee.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing music professionally for about three years, and living in Los Angeles just over four. I find that the most lucrative opportunities have come from developing friendships, and finding people that genuinely like working together.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe it as me. On a guitar.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Everyone! There is so much to learn from one another.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do not be afraid to let your personality come out in a performance or recording. Music can be technical on paper, but should ALWAYS be passionate when played.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My heart and soul are in heavy metal, but I can play and love all genres of music because music is the key to the universe (yes, that was a bit of a pun).
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I always do my homework, and come to a gig prepared.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can bring what ever the song tells me it needs.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First and foremost, I want to get to know the person/people I will be working with. I think the key to having a final result that EVERYONE is happy with is to first establish a connection with all involved on a personal level. From there, it is easy to cater to the project.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio set up differs and depends on what the project calls for.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musically, I am very inspired by a lot of music from Sweden because of it's diverse composition and arrangement. In a business sense, my biggest inspirations are Bob Marley, Metallica, and the Beatles.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do Is live performance; whether that is coming in as a session player for a tour, a on eoff gig, or hiring my band.