Over a decade of experience, working with both best-selling and emerging artists, worldwide even via Internet always with the same goal: Customers have to love the way their music sounds after all the production's job. "I pay extreme attention to every detail which is going to work best for your project."
Classically-trained musician, Emanuele earned his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance conferred at the Conservatorio and a Bachelor of Music degree (Guitar and Music Production/Engineering) at University of Music in Rome. Founded ECMusic, a professional music productions mixing and mastering agency, producing countless singles, EPs and albums for new clients of the music industry. He works hard in helping them achieve their creative goals because every client is unique as unique is his project. He gives the specific attention to details aiming at perfection especially when it means perfectly imperfect.
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Interview with Emanuele Ciampini
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring artistic prospective to reach an objective point of view, fresh eyes which the artist, often too connected to his music, may not have.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Every artist is the music we've done together, I love all of that music.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: On three projects for emerging artists.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Budget and workflow. I answer "What is your budget and your requests".
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be sure you've done something you believe in and love.Keep an open mind to suggestions as I'm open to your comments. Collaboration is the only key to be both satisfied and happy.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1) My '54 Gibson Les Paul "Junior" 2) My '78 Fender Vibrolux guitar amp 3) A laptop with pro tools 4) A Universal Audio 1176 5) A solar power generator.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing piano at the age of 6 and never stopped playing music.I received my Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance conferred at the Conservatorio and a Bachelor of Music degree (Guitar performance and Music Production/Sound and Mixing Engineering) at University of Music in Rome. I started playing in many music bands and I really loved it but when I started working as a producer and audio engineer ten years ago I felt it was my way.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: The simpler the better.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ben Harper, Dave Matthews, Greg Laswell, Eddie Vedder, Counting Crows, Citizen Cope, Hazmat Modine, Ingrid Michaelson, Lenny Kravitz. Each of these artists inspired me as a producer.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Blues, Soul, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Rhythm and blues, funk.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Tenacity to follow the idea of the project I got in my head, as it's clear to me where it needs to go.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Studio gears: Focusrite Clarett 8Pre, Avid Pro Tools 12, Avid custom keyboard, a pair of Yamaha HS7 and a pair of JBL Control5 as studio Audio Monitors, Mackie Big Knob Studio Controller, Avid Eleven Rack, AVALON VT737SP, Neumann v472 preamp, Art Tube Mp/c Tube Preamp/Comp., Rode NT1-A MP, Lewitt LCT 340, AVID Artist Control, Tascam TM-D8000, AVID Artist Mix, AKG k240 MkII, AKG k240 MkII, AKG K271 MKII Musical Instruments: '54 Gibson Les Paul Junior, '66 Gybson Les Paul Gold Top, '74 Gibson 335 TD, Fender Telecaster modern player, Fender Standard Jazz Bass. Yamaha P115-B Piano, '72 Fender Vibrolux Amp, '66 Marshall Super Lead Amp.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musicians and artists: Greg Laswell, John Legend, Beastie Boys, Alicia Keys, Lana Del Rey, Bob Dylan, Beck, The Cranberries, Tom Waits, The Roots, Tinariwen, The Wallflower, The Rolling Stones, Keith Jarret, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Doyle Bramhall, Counting Crows, Bruce Springsteen, No Doubt, Adele, Aerosmith, Amy Mcdonald, Ani Di Franco, Buena Vista Social Club, Cake, Ben Harper, Lenny Kravitz, Queen, City and Colour, Citizen Cope. Music Production Pros: Mick Guzauski, Andrew Scheps, Mark Needham, Dave Pensado, John Paterno, Fab Dupont.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet, I'm new here.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I think there's no reason to be biased. It depends on the job we are doing. I might like to combine acoustic drums whit digital ones. Never say never.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Always to do the best for their productions and give them something they do love.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love it because it's not just a job. I spent my life in music.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A microphone doesn't make a singer as a software doesn't make a producer. Both are highly skilled professionals.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What goal they have and their way of living music
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Eyes shut, ears open, mouth sealed.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to their demos and all they needs, have clear what they want to sound like, get a feel for the song. Speak about music, about vibe, about what they plan on doing with their projects. I take care from production to the gear, the levels, to the last details until the gear disappear and I dive into the music. A trip through a new dimension I want to share with the Artist. If tweaks are needed I can do changes.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work mostly on full productions from the ground: from basic demos then composing, arranging, recording, mixing, to a finished mastered product. My working services: Composing, Arranging, Recordings, Mixing, Mastering, Productions delivery to worldwide major labels.