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I was born and raised in Hungary (no, not in Budapest). My parents kind of forced me to take private piano lessons from an old lady when I was 9 years old. I hated it. Then I was playing in my school and I felt special. Playing the first gigs in the highschool band changed everything. At 15 working in a recording studio with my mom's folk band was also a special moment. Then playing hundreds of concerts as a young session musician from small pubs to big stadiums made me who I'm today. Later had a musical trip around Australia... Then moved to Canada to become a composer-engineer in a post-production studio where I've worked on Discover Ch. tv shows, newscasts, documentaries, publicity music while participated in award-winning albums. Also recorded an instrumental Groovy Jazzy album as an independent artist and I was invited to play two concerts at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with my 7 piece band. Then I've worked on a song for Christopher Tin's double Grammy award-winning classical crossover album 'Calling All Dawns'. Then moved to Andalusia, Spain to chill out, where I'm currently running Casa Paprika Studios. A restaurant and studio. Making food and music.
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Interview with Tamas Tomisheep Barany
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My first solo album. It was effortless, smooth and happy times. The result was well received and give me the honor to play at one of the biggest Jazz festival on the planet. Another dream come thru.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My solo album. The freaking virus closed this country and many of my work was cancelled so I do what I can't in the last few years... finishing my tracks.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No. New here... I mean I saw some very famous producers, engineers who did big records to very famous artists who worked with very famous songwriters. But who was the key in the project? I'm not sure.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Practicality. Most engineers can't hear the difference. Imagine the audience.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will have fun!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating something invisible what makes others feel good.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much time it will need and how much it will cost? I don't know because I can change your vision for good in a split second and then tell me how much that second worth to you.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's important where you do it and what gear you use.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your mission?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try them out if you can... Never know which one would hear your songs as you never imagined.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop (with solar panels of course), converter (with built-in preamps), active speakers, midi keyboard, electro-acoustic guitar
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Read my bio, please...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Happy, lovely, creative, and intelligent.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Amazing, creative singers inspire me. Especially the intelligent and humble ones. I like a smart company.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Work on the song and the arrangement, and not on the mix. Sometimes you need to rip the song apart and discover the best way of it. Use what you have instead of dreaming about what you could have. Some can do big things from nothing... Some can do shite all with all the gear on the planet.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Good music. I don't work on shite...
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ears to hear details in music and my fingers to play instruments...
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The missing part. Finesse. Or take out the unnecessary.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on how the artist is prepared. Could be long and painful or short and sweet.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mostly with a simple Pro Tools set up. Also have Fruity Loops for samples and midi and Ableton Live for the same. A few pre-amps, a few microphones, good cables and good plug-ins. If the artist and the song is good, you don't need a lot of equipment to make it sound good. Good ears, creativity, and maybe experience in music. You can make a worldwide hit on a laptop these days. One guitar or piano and one voice. Adele. Bang. Best selling artist.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: It's always a team effort. No producers or engineers are good without good artists and good songs. I like good teams with good ingredients. Any style.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording their songs, instruments. Cleaning their tracks and arrangements. Maybe make my own arrangements. Mix until it sounds good to both of us.