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