Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I have never been more satisfied with the current group I play with (Jordan Fisher). Putting together the set and making the live arrangements has been one of the most liberating musical experiences I have had to date. The musicians execute my ideas with absolute precision, and the arrangements hit SO hard live.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I am touring nationally and internationally with Hollywood Records artist Jordan Fisher as Guitarist/Musical Director.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Julia Ross. If you don't check her out you are robbing yourself!!!
Analog or digital and why?
We live in the Digital age. It's current, it sounds great, and 99% of listeners couldn't tell you the difference in sound when it comes down to it. Technology has made (in some cases) digital sound BETTER than analog.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise my guitar parts will have you and everyone else in the room have an un-erasable stank face.
What do you like most about your job?
I am endlessly blessed to be where I am with music right now. I get to travel the world, with people I love, creating music that I love, all while sharing that positivity and love with thousands of people. Living the dream every day!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: Can you make the guitar sound like that one Bruno Mars song?
A: Yas of course!
Q: Can you put a shred solo in the second half of the last chorus?
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception about what I do personally is that since I studied jazz, I don't play simple parts for pop/other styles.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is the message of this song? What textures/sounds are you hearing?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I generally advise my clients to be open with communication and to have a list of their expectations and desires for the project.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
(hoping I can find an outlet) Fender Twin Reverb, PRS Hollowbody II, my pedalboard, Laptop, and audio interface. It's all you really need to survive ;)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Since I was 10 years old the guitar was my only option. There were no distractions and no other possible career paths. I applied to one school only, (Berklee college of music) where I earned my degree in Jazz guitar performance with a minor in Harmony, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue my career as a touring guitarist and session musician.
How would you describe your style?
My style is an eclectic mix of Jazz/Gospel harmony with a blues rock background.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would have loved to work with Michael Jackson. His production is simple and infectious, dynamically conscious, and full of energy.
Can you share one music production tip?
Be overly sensitive to dynamics. Dynamics (especially with guitar) is easily neglected when it comes to recording. Each song is a living and breathing organism and that needs to be prevalent in the music. Find what each song section is asking for and deliver!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop/Rock, Soul/R&B, Jazz, Singer-Songwriter
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
The guitar is one of the most versatile and energetic instruments. I bring your songs to life! Whether it be an uptempo rock riff, of an acoustic jazz chord melody, I'll spice up your record with love!
What's your typical work process?
After speaking with the client to address the specific roadmap for the tune, I generally send 2-3 different versions of each section so that the client has options that they might not have thought of previously thought of.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Abelton Live 9, Waves, AXE Effects, Fender Twin Reverb, SM57
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Michael Jackson, Prince, Bruno Mars, The 1975, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gallant, Daniel Ceaser, Kevin Garrett, John Mayer, Emily King, Allen Stone
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Arrange and record guitar-parts for songs, whether it be for a demo, youtube video, finished record, or TV track.