Latingrammy Winner 2016. Bassist, arranger, producer, transcriber. Also play Venezuelan etnic instruments.

I'm a 38 year old guy with 20 years ofrece experience as a live and session musician. Latingrammy Winner 2016, ARPA awards Winner 2016 too. I consider myself as a really versatil musician.

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My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Jairo Toloza:

  • 3 Y Cuatro
  • 3 Y Cuatro
  • 3 Y Cuatro
  • Melvin Lievano
  • 123 Andres
  • 123 Andres
  • Gabo & Shay
  • Gabo & Shay
  • Melvin Lievano
  • Jose Leonardo Coronel
  • Jimena
  • Génesis Márquez
  • Clayton Uehara

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Interview with Jairo Toloza

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on some new portuguese album, which is going to be nominated for the next Grammy awards.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Haven´t looked for friends. I'd have to check.
Analog or digital and why?
i really thing that the real magic is inside the people who uses the gear. So I'm good with both analog and digital.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
The promise is "You'll love it".
What do you like most about your job?
Making music. Every day you make music, is a good day.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
They ask mostly about the proccess, and I answer them the same thing I said in question number 4.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Sometimes people believe it's an easy job because you make it look easy.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I ask about what they wanna tell with the song, so I can help the to transmit the message.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Don't look no more! You already find me.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
my bass, laptop, amp combo, Api and my modem.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
How would you describe your style?
My style is kind of jazzy. I like rich harmonies. I preffer work on strongs harmony and nice melody lines on a consistent percusion.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Can you share one music production tip?
Listen to your client! Is the most valuable tip of the world.
What type of music do you usually work on?
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.
What's your strongest skill?
My versatility and patience.
What do you bring to a song?
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.
What's your typical work process?
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.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I work on protools 12. I record my bass through an ampeg cab and Api preamp.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Victor Wooten, Bruno Mars, Fania, Chic Corea, John Patituci, Juan Luis Guerra, Luis Miguel, Lalo Carrillo, Sal Cuevas, among others.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.