Jairo Toloza

Bassist, arranger, producer.

Jairo Toloza on SoundBetter

Latingrammy Winner 2016, 2017 nominee. Bassist, arranger, producer, transcriber. Also play Venezuelan ethnic instruments.

I'm a 41 year old guy with 22 years of experience as live and session musician. Latingrammy Winner 2016, 2017 nominee. ARPA awards Winner 201. I consider myself as a really versatil musician.

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AllMusic verified credits for Jairo Toloza
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  • Melvin Lievano
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  • Daniel Minimalia
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Interview with Jairo Toloza

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

  2. A: Arriba Abajo, 123 Andres. Is the album that made me win the Latin Grammy award and put me in the global map. I recorded all the electric and uprigth basses of that album.

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

  4. A: I'm working on some new portuguese album, which is going to be nominated for the next Grammy awards.

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

  6. A: Haven´t looked for friends. I'd have to check.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: i really thing that the real magic is inside the people who uses the gear. So I'm good with both analog and digital.

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

  10. A: The promise is "You'll love it".

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

  12. A: Making music. Every day you make music, is a good day.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: They ask mostly about the proccess, and I answer them the same thing I said in question number 4.

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

  16. A: Sometimes people believe it's an easy job because you make it look easy.

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

  18. A: I ask about what they wanna tell with the song, so I can help the to transmit the message.

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

  20. A: Don't look no more! You already find me.

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

  22. A: my bass, laptop, amp combo, Api and my modem.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: My style is kind of jazzy. I like rich harmonies. I preffer work on strongs harmony and nice melody lines on a consistent percusion.

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

  26. A: Bruno Mars or Justin Timberlake. I think they are the top of the line in the industrie in this moment. They are really sure of what they want and the direction they take.

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

  28. A: Listen to your client! Is the most valuable tip of the world.

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

  30. A: I work with all kind of genders. For example, I won the Latin Grammy 2016 with a latin american album (Arriba abajo. 123 con Andres). It has all kind of tropical rythimms. But I also work a lot with pop, rock and jazz.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: My versatility and patience.

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

  34. A: I bring 20 years of experience, I bring Latin "sabor". but the most important is that I can bring the vision of the client to the song. I believe that the producer/arranger/musician main job is to get as close to the vision of the client as posible.

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

  36. A: I start by listenning to the song a couple of times. Then I start working on my computer with Finale, and giving structure to it. I like to take some melody from the song and transform it in diferent motives, so the song will have a contagious lick. Then I export an .mp3 file, record a live bass and send it to the client, in order to make the corrections he/she considers. Then, make the corrections and go to the studio for the real deal.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: I work on protools 12. I record my bass through an ampeg cab and Api preamp.

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

  40. A: Victor Wooten, Bruno Mars, Fania, Chic Corea, John Patituci, Juan Luis Guerra, Luis Miguel, Lalo Carrillo, Sal Cuevas, among others.

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

  42. A: My usual job consists on arranging, producing and recording (the bass, mostly) to the song that the client provide. I just need a single track with the voice and a guitar or a piano and I let my mind work from there.

  43. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  44. A: I have been doing this for 20 years. I used to ve a live session musician, but from 12 years to this date I've been doing more studio gigs that live.


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