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Helping others turn their thoughts and emotions into music is my guilty pleasure.
Seriously, it's an extraordinary concept to me. Creative people tend to be introspective and sensitive, yet total strangers come to people like me seeking help with bringing their art to life. This mutual trust is one of the most amazingly intimate things I've ever experienced, and is a big part of why I enjoy the musical creation process so much. I treat each project with both professional service and personal connection, to achieve not only a great-sounding product; but a product that brings each song to life in its own organic way.
Classically trained from a young age and subsequently fascinated with performance and the art of making music, I am a dedicated musician who is ready to take on and contribute my abilities to virtually any creative endeavor. Beyond having a fluent studio literacy and passion for recording/mixing, I am also happy to take on the task of producer and provide help in nearly every stage of making a record: from composition to bringing in the final session musicians (or being one myself). Co-owner and operator of Everloft Studios in the Philadelphia suburbs, I am willing and eager to take on your project and translate your emotions into art. Contact me and let's get to know each other!
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Interview with Fred Keller - Everloft Studios
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Most notably: What sort of emotions do you want your music to invoke in the listener?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've known I wanted to work in audio since I recorded my first song with an iRiver mp3 player at age 13. Throughout high school I recorded my own and friends' bands, shadowed at a local studio for my graduation project, went to Temple University for production, and co-founded Everloft Studios in 2012. It's been a wonderful and challenging ride and I'm ecstatic to see what's to come.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: While computers have made the engineering process remarkably more streamlined and accessible, I feel that they also risk making the producer complacent. For this reason, I try to do as much of my recording "out of the box" as possible. This means that I rarely use midi or vst instruments. I don't use samples or loops. I truly believe in creating music from scratch and utilizing the tools at hand to take it too the next level when necessary.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have worked primarily with rock, blues, funk, and singer-songwriter groups. However, my classical training and experiences in orchestral settings equip me with a strong ear for melody and harmony, and I'm prepared to take on virtually any project!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: While I consider my attention to detail a strong point, I recognize that sometimes a great track has to have it's own little imperfections to be it's on unique product. Art shouldn't always be crystal clear! I strive to create products that are both technical pleasing while also unique and sometimes even "challenging" to the listener. Make them listen actively rather than just as background noise!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The technical aspects of production only scratch the surface of a great project. What I love about this work is when I have the opportunity to work with the artist and take creative liberties in the production process. I can't help but develop an intimate connection to every project I take on, and am always ready to share my thoughts on what sort of compositional/sonic edits can be made while still retaining the artists vision. I'm a musician myself, and as the legendary Brian Eno stated: the studio itself is a musical instrument.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Everloft Studios is cozily situated in an antique barn in Bucks County, PA. At the heart of it's signal chain is a Midas Venice 320 analog console paired with notorious Antelope Orion32 AD/DA converters. In addition to the wonderful Midas preamps, we have a Warm Audio WA12, two Golden Age Projects Pre73 mkIIs, and a presonus MP20. For external dynamics processing I use a Stam Audio SA4000, a remarkable piece of gear that is based on the legendary G-buss compressors from SSL consoles of yesteryear, which brings a wonderful analog "glue" to whatever it is run through it. Monitoring includes Yamaha HS5s, JBL LSR305s, and KRK Rokit 5s. I work using Harrison Consoles Mixbus V4 DAW on a Windows 7 system with I7 processing and 16gb RAM. I also love to utilize a reamp box, which enables me to send virtually any track to our selection of effects units and amplifiers, opening up a whole new world of unique sonic possibilities. More info on our complete backline can be found at http://everloftstudios.wixsite.com/everloftstudios/the-studio
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My biggest production inspirations are Brian Eno, Joe Tarsia, and Jeff "Critter" Newell. I have too many musical inspirations to count, but some notable contemporary artists include Christopher Crisci, Daijiro Nakagawa, and Justin Vernon.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Typically, I offer compositional producing, recording, mixing and mastering services. I also do session work on guitar, bass, violin and certain drum parts. I'm always up for a new challenge!