Played/toured/recorded with Regina Spektor, Lauryn Hill, Yo-Yo Ma, John Zorn, Moby and countless others. I've appeared on well over a hundred albums and sound tracks. I play drum set and a wide array of hand percussion (frame drums, pandeiro...).
I am very comfortable in building a track from scratch or add some last minute overdubs to give your music the final charm you're looking for.
- Drum set (pop, rock, jazz, brazilian, balkan, lots of things, reggae...)
- Percussion instruments (pandeiro, frame drums of all kinds, cajon, congas....).
Need "weird sounds" for your film score? I got'em!
I've played over 100 albums and film scores and lots of my music has appeared on TV shows.
I've performed, collaborated and/or toured the globe with Regina Spektor, Moby, John Zorn, Lauryn Hill, Yo-Yo Ma's Silkroad Ensemble, The Paul Winter Consort, Mary Wilson, Gina Gershon, Viex Farka Toure, Theodosii Spassov, Bakithi Kumalo, Savina Yannatou, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Matt Dariau, Frank London, Keyhan Kalhor and many others.....
I've performed in little bars and venues like Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Outside Lands Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival as well as international TV appearances.
I hope you and I will make some magical music together!
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Interview with Mathias Kunzli
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: i really love a lot of things i had the pleasure to be a part of. here's an album that stands out for a few reasons: nina violet - we'll be alright. she is amazing, i loved the process of the recording, the sound, the vibe and the location: we did it in a workshop/garage on martha's vineyard.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: touring with Regina Spektor, my own music for TV, mixing an free improvisation album, recording for others, local gigs in LA, touring around with many.....
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: haven't really looked around much.... i know jordan perlson and i'm happy to lose gigs to him because he rules. :-)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: probably analog. but then again: just make it sound good!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: i'll do my best to deliver what you're looking for or what you might've never even dreamed of (high hopes but hey...).
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: i love making music. what can i say? love hearing a great album where the collaboration was fun, inspiring, natural and mutually respectful.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: do you like music? yes.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: do you have specific ideas or should i just go ahead and do what i hear?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: check them out and talk to them about what you might be looking for. be open to be surprised by new people's sound/ideas.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: endless water, endless soil and seeds of things that would grow there...... aaaand: maybe a coltrane album (to look at)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: been playing drum set for almost thirty years. went to Berklee College of Music and got into all sorts of percussion in addition to drum set. moved to NYC and LA and then...... !!!!!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: my style
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Tom Waits.... because he's the man!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: singer/songwriters of all sorts and styles, jazz, experimental anything, various film scores, rock/pop, brazilian, balkan, i dunno what to call it....
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: finding a way inside the music and adding something special .... at least that is the highest goal :-)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: my personality, experience and open ears
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: tons of different drums and a wide array of percussion and sounds from around the globe.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: lots of them. let's talk about that in person....
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: percussion or drum set tracking for songs, film scores etc.