Sound Technician with live and studio experience. Before starting as a technician, worked as a musician and composer on several projects over the years. Have a label, Talking Cure Records, in partnership with the produtction studio Pa:z.
Before starting to work as a technician, Samuel worked as a musician and composer on several projects over the years.
After having some successful releases and concerts, now also works as a sound technician in studio and live performance situations.
Samuel also has a label, Talking Cure Records, where, in partnership with Pa:z, he works directly with artists in order to help the entire process of recording and releasing their work.
In studio works in recording and mixing multitrack recordings of bands and solo artists, as well as producing RnB, Blues and Rock music.
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Interview with Samuel Pilar
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Guitars: Clapton Strat, Schecter Omen Extreme FR. Amps: Marshall JCM2000 TSL 100 Head; Celestion Creamback 2x12 cab. Interface: Behringer mixer. I have both Reaper and n-Track DAW.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Gary Clark Jr. The groove, man...
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For a song out of nothing, I search for a hook either on the lyrics or guitar, and after that I try and make the rest of the song stricture interesting on the guitar (maybe, if it feels right, try and add another hook), then I write the lyrics. (This usually changes slightly the structure) Sometimes I do it all before I try drums, other times, I try some drums to make the structure from a groove. For a song that somebody's already written and given a structure, I just try and find my place to complement what the writer's trying to say.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Hendrix, Clapton, Warren Haynes, Zeppelin, Gary Clark Jr., Joanne Shaw Taylor, Joe Bonamassa, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, The Black Keys, and Dire Straits, to name a few.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Where not to playing the guitar.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Writing my own songs, and playing here and there.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. The feel. Digital, the clarity...
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will try and give you something real.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Blues isn't (only) about being sad and lonely.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I's take my strat. A CD player. And Zeppelin IV, Story Of Sonny Boy Slim and Hendrix live in Monterey.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Heartfelt music. Sometimes I'm happy, sometimes in not.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Work for the process not for the final result.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Blues, and blues rock.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: What I feel it's right.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually play guitar, sometimes sing. And few times I mix some stuff (but don't consider myself good enough at that).