I have been a session guitarist for the past 20 years servicing many local artists in the South African music scene.
I graduated from the National School of the Arts in 1999 with distinctions in First Instrument" (Guitar) and Music Theory.
In 2004 I completed a one year full time drumming course called "The Groove Class" with a P.I.T. graduate and in 2013 I did Berkeley University's "Steve Vai Techniques" online guitar course.
I have been running my own studio since 2012 doing soundtrack work, remote session work, recording bands and working on my own compositions.
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Josh was great to work with! Excellent material - solid vision - knew exactly what he wanted and communicated it with ease. Looking forward to working with again in the future!
I've worked with Josh for over 20 years - both in live as well as studio environments. He is hard working and talented musician whose dedication to the craft, has built him a reputation as one of the best musicians and producers in South Africa. I highly recommend him and am always honored to be involved in any project we collaborate on.
Interview with Josh Thatcher
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It really depends on what the job at hand is. If I'm composing I usually like to start with a basic chord progression and build a melody from there. Once a foundation is discovered then it's all about developing great parts on the chosen instruments and refining structure till the track has basically written itself. It's so important not to judge the process. Creativity always flows best when you leave the inner critic at the door. I always record more than I need and chisel it down to what the music requires until the track is complete.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Mac Pro 2.1, 2 x 2,66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon 64 Gb DDR2 Ram NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 1023 MB running Logic Pro X 10.3.0 and a wide selection of VST's and plugins. My A/I is a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 that handles vocal and instrument tracks and I am running a Alesis Crimson E/kit through Addictive Drums 2 for tracking drums (which I must just say is the most amazing thing EVER!). I got some great mics and a trusty pair of Behringer Truth B2031 monitors. For my guitar rig I have a Line 6 HD500 which I like to use for dual signal tracking with a DI box so I can re-amp the DI'd track at a later stage to beef the guitars up a bit. I also have a Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic amp with a designated pedal board with cascading drives and TC Electronic Nova System. And a plethora of guitars.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a big fan of anything that pulls at my heart strings but a few of my inspirations are John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, Steve Vai, Zero 7 and Infected Mushroom.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly work on soundtracks for clients at the moment but have done and still do a fair amount of guitar session work. I also get a lot of bands coming through my studio to record.