Session Keyboardist, Arranger
Currently pursuing my Master's degree in Commercial Music Composition and Arranging with piano as my primary instrument.
I can provide (sheet music and/ or recording) professionally arranged piano and keyboard parts, professionally arranged instrumental and vocal parts, and transcribe audio or MIDI tracks. If you need audio editing done, I can provide that too.
Contact me through the blue button above and lets get to work.
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Interview with Alex Thomen
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Recording for Master's program audition. One song contained piano, drums, bass, saxophone, and vocals. I composed (music and lyrics), recorded, produced, and mixed the final product.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Master's Thesis: a recording project of original music with supplementary thesis.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet! I'm just getting started here.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: At the moment, digital. I don't have enough space for analog...
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to communicate with you to best bring forth your vision.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Helping others with their creative projects.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you write a beautiful, yet simple, piano part? Yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A C9 chord does not equal a Cadd9 chord.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do YOU want from me? What kind of sound are you striving for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Provide some other music examples to give me the best idea of the sound you're looking for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Kurzweil SP4-8, microKORG, Condenser mic, a nice pair of Sennheiser headphones, and a survival guide..
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Undergraduate Degree: Music Composition from Kansas State University Master's Degree (In progress): Commercial Music Composition and Arranging from Belmont University
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Pop/Rock meets Jazz/Funk
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ben Folds-- he crafts arrangements that stay interesting upon multiple listens.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't simply copy and paste vocal tracks to beef up the sound. Record new takes of the same section and layer them together!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Funk, Jazz, Pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Keyboard writing, arranging, transcribing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Professionally crafted keyboard parts, professionally composed arrangements. Whatever YOU need.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the project. Writing/Recording piano parts: Listen to the rough demo (or read the sheet music) and improvise different pianistic ideas over the top to figure out what the song needs. Arranging: Sit at keyboard and figure out how musical elements will fit together to achieve the best arrangement.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic Pro X, Sibelius, Kurzweil SP4-7, M-Audio KeyRig 49, MicroKORG, Scarlett 2i4, VXL Condenser microphone, Shure SM57, M-Audio StudioPro 3 Monitors.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ben Folds, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Writing/Performing piano and keyboard tracks. Arranging, Transcribing, Composing.