Professional touring musician, harmonica player, participant of international festivals, ex-student of California College of Music and regularly session recording.
California College of Music graduate, taught by a grammy-award winning artist Phillip Ingram. Flexible tone, from a velvet baritone to a raspy Freddie Mercury like voice. Can be used in pop, rock, blues, funk, jazz, world, ballads and even broadway styles.
On harmonica I have a smooth tone and sharp technique, can record harmonica with a clean mellow sound or vice versa – use an amazing Fender Deluxe '55 amp with an overdriven and edgy sound. Whether you need harmonica for a movie where I can impersonate unskilled cowboy I also can play clever music.
Producer with 7 years of experience, work with real instruments and sample libraries, California College of Music graduate, proficient in music theory. Produce in variety of genres like Pop, Rock, Ballads, Blues, World & Funk.
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Interview with Alex Paclin
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like that it's music related.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: If I can do this job. The answer depends :)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sometimes is that I read customers mind, so all the expectations have to spoken.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What vibe do you want to bring to a song, the rest depends on the project.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Describe what vibe do you want to bring to a song, tell where do you want parts to be if it's harmonica, give feedback in the process and send reference of the sound you're aiming for if you want.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac, interface, monitor, headphones and midi keyboard.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording vocals for pop and rock songs, same for harmonica + blues and produce songs in these genres with acoustic and electric instruments and analog synths as well.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The one who has a similar taste, vision and style in music as mine.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Produce boldly, fast and try to produce a song as a whole. Creativity dies if you start slowly and micromanage the one thing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, rock, blues.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Perseverance. I can work for a long time on a task.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Life :) Trying to make it lively by performing with relation to it or producing to make the elements sound cohesive, complementing each other while keeping the main instruments in focus.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Home studio with an acoustic shield for recording vocals, Yamaha HS5 studio Monitors, Apollo Twin, Mac M1. Mics: Neumann TLM103, Sennheiser MD441-U.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Hozier, John Mayer, Billie Eilish, Aerosmith, Queen, Stevie Wonder.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listening to the track several times, for harmonica jamming first and searching for ideas, outlining the best ones and including them in the solo/riff, for vocals I learn the song, practice singing it and record. For music production it's laying down the ideas and usually they are created in chain – one inspires another and later we have a natural production.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since 2007. I studied at CCM as a vocalist, participated in some big festivals as a harmonica player and singer, have been regularly gigging with my own projects. Also produce music and offer services on this and other platform.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Cocky, playful, challenging, extravagant.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm proud of the album that I'm working on now, everything comes in order and production, songwriting and performance seem great. Gonna be a bomb :)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: On my album.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog, because it matches with the real sounds and so far real sound match my style better.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If they don't like the result I can do a refund, considering that the reason is not something unavoidable.