h. da massa

devils harp player, harmonica

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gravel toned dirt blues harp, shimmering harmonica colours, fourthrate slacklustre compositions, unmusical growl.

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Interview with h. da massa

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

  2. A: session harp playing

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

  4. A: i will take a song that you love and make it sound a little better

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: sustain

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

  8. A: well-written songs

  9. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  10. A: be a little bit out of time, be a little bit out of tune, the music will be better for it

  11. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  12. A: jim sclavunos

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: small scale biblical epics, i play less than any other harp player out there ... in a good way

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: love your song before you hand it over

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: what key are we in

  19. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  20. A: that its somehow difficult

  21. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  22. A: analog

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

  24. A: the late robert quine, the late howlin' wolf, the late cat iron, the late mississippi fred mcdowell, dave berman, tom waits

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

  26. A: anarchic, nonmusical

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

  28. A: hohner cross harp in G, 1958 shure green bullet, smokey amp (marlboro light), straight-up mic stand, 9v batteries.

  29. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  30. A: relict, amp graveyard

  31. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  32. A: i played harmonica on micah p. hinsons gospel of progress ... if youve heard the record you will know why im proud of it