Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Wily Bo Walker and the Danny Flam big band. This was the firsy project I produced not as a sideman but as an artist, and Wily Bo Walker is an amazing artist, there is a reason he is a Blues Hall of Famer! Another fun project was the Simpsons season promo we recorded, and Ron Bertolet our sax guy always wanted to play the Lisa solo on the Bari-Sax!
What are you working on at the moment?
My Video Game Music Big Band named ConSoul! 13 piece band with 10 horns!
You have to check this out! You can also hear a ton of tracks we recorded there too!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Amber Sweeny is an amazing singer!
Analog or digital and why?
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To get them the best possible product within the production budget.
What do you like most about your job?
I sit in the front row seat everyday!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How much will it cost to record a ____ style song? and my answer is always "I need to hear what you want so I can give you an estimate!
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I would say, the biggest misconception is that one needs to understand how to write for brass to get really good results, or that it is prohibitively expensive to hire great horn guys.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
1) what is the turnaround time frame?
2) what sound do you expect?
3) What is your budget?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Never be shy! Ask questions, Say you don't like something, you are the boss and it is your project, you are the one that needs to sound good.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Trombone, Trumpet.... and a sattelite internet connection....
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started with the and the Israeli Air Force Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and after moving to New York, in addition to playing out live, I started an recording studio that specializes in brass.
How would you describe your style?
Our style is more commercial, less "jazz" - not that we don't play Jazz, but playing commericially is a completely different animal.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I like working with fun people.
Can you share one music production tip?
When overdubbing a single instrument multiple times, use a mid-side recording setup, and stack the decoded stereo track. this will produce amazing lifelike sonic image.
What type of music do you usually work on?
This is a hard question - it varies so widely that i cannot truthfully answer this...
What's your strongest skill?
being almost telepathic
What do you bring to a song?
awesome brass, lol...
What's your typical work process?
Usually a client will send a song, i will listen and give a quote. we will work out what he is looking for sonically, hopefully also sending over examples of the sound he is after. we record and after payment we send the tracks.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a setup for up to 5 horns, each with personal monitoring. we have a choice of ribbons and condensers. The room is very live, designed to get a very bright brass sound.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am mostly inspired by my clients, because it's what makes studio work so much fun. You get to hear fresh new music every day, hear inspiting ideas and be part of the future of music!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Usually clients have a very good grasp of the brass they hear in their head and want someone to help translate that sound into reality.