Oleg Maximov is a professional guitarist, arranger, transcription and notation specialist with a Bachelor of Music degree from Russia’s oldest jazz institution of higher learning – the Moscow State College of Jazz.
I have studied several different styles of guitar playing, from swing and big-band era jazz to bebop, modern jazz, and fusion. I have also studied blues, pop and classical music. My musical training also included studying composition, arranging, harmony and audio engineering. I have studied with some of the top Russian teachers, whose students also included Grammy-winning trumpeter Alex Sipiagin and the Mingus Big-Band bassist, Boris Kozlov.
For the past several years I have worked professionally as a guitarist in a variety of bands and orchestras in Moscow. I have participated and became a laureate in several music competitions in Russia, such as "Gnesin-Jazz," "Piano in Jazz," "The Many Faces of Guitar," and "Guitar Virtuosos."
I offer a full range of musical services, including the following:
- Guitar recording services of various styles
- Music composition and arranging for various instrumental combinations.
- Transcribing songs, solos and arrangements.
- Simple audio editing or manipulation services (e.g., slowing down recordings, key changes, deleting vocal tracks)
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Interview with Oleg Maximov
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm building my professional career.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Mainly, I'm a jazz guitarist influenced by classic jazz guitar sound.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Love the music what you're working on!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Michael League of Snarky Puppy. I never seen so much freedom for every musician in a band as in Snarky Puppy. Hope some day to take a chance to play with them.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: - Music composition and arranging for various instrumental combinations. - Transcribing songs, solos and arrangements. - Guitar recording services of various styles - Simple audio editing or manipulation services (e.g., slowing down recordings, key changes, deleting vocal tracks)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired with many Jazz legends such as Pat Metheny, Ron Carter, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and many others. as for the currently working artists I'm inspired of Snarky Puppy and all GroundUp label artists.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup includes: - MacBook Pro with Logic Pro X as DAW. - KRK RP5G2 studio monitors - Roland UA-25EX Audio interface - Oktava MK-012 condenser mic - Shure SM57 dynamic mic - Egnater Rebel 30 combo for electric guitar - Roland AC-33 combo for acoustic guitar - Carvin DC400 electric guitar - Heritage H-550 jazz guitar - Dieter Hopf Virtuoso classical guitar - Crafter DE-6 acoustic guitar
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a tasteful guitar sound to the song. I give an particular attention to rhythm and harmony. You will get a track where every guitar note is on the right place.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Versatility. For years I've been studying an electric guitar along with classical guitar and acoustic guitar with steel strings. I can provide a wide range of guitar sounds from smooth clean chords to overdriven solos.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz, pop, Latin, blues, classical music. I have my own Jazz trio. I've been working in big-bands and theatres equally in combos, duos and solo playing.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: - Heritage H550 guitar - AER amp - Thomastik-Infield flat wound strings - MacBook - UAD TWIN DUO audio interface
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Guitar playing. I just in love with the instrument.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was born in musician's family and I loved music from the early years. I started play guitar only when I was 14 years old. Now I'm 26, so I have 12 years of musical experience. After finishing high school I moved to Moscow, and entered to Moscow State College of Jazz. I've ended college with perfect diploma in 2016.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't hesitate to keep in touch with me. Send me your favorite tracks/artists. Listen to my recordings to clearly understand my abilities.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much it costs? My answer: lower than anywhere else for the same quality.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best to overcome your expectations. My work will be done in time and with all the patience.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog and digital. Every moment needs it's own solution. The result must sounds flawless, don't matter what gear was used to get this.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Detective Stories album. It is my duet album with pianist Dmitriy Anikeev. I was guitarist and co-arranger. Please listen to it here: https://olegmaximov.com/album/394046/detective-stories