Hi! I'm a piano/keyboard player and songwriter with a love for all things melodic, and it would be an honor to work with you on your next project. I specialize in the creation and tracking of parts that fulfill whatever your songs need, whether that be a strong emphasis on piano, or synth tracks that simply fill in and embellish.
I strongly believe that communication is a vital ingredient in getting great results, so feel free to explain in depth and send references of what you're looking for, and I'll give it prompt attention. A bit about me:
My life in music began to unfold at a young age in Rhode Island, when many hours were spent being immersed in classical repertoire. I soon realized a fondness for the more melodic creations of composers like Bach, Clementi, Handel, Mozart, and countless others. At the same time, I was glued to the radio, which, being that wonderful decade known as the 80s, I was simultaneously immersed in anything and everything from Journey, Def Leppard, Phil Collins, and Richard Marx, on over to the synth pop world of Duran Duran, Howard Jones, The Human League, and a list so long that it'd probably require twenty profiles on here to address! Besides perennial artists like Billy Joel, the years brought many new artists and bands to my list of influences, including Maroon 5, Matchbox Twenty, and Matthew West.
Just to mix up this musical smoothie a bit further, I'm also a church musician, which involves everything from traditional hymns, organ repertoire, and Contemporary Christian songs. A long stint in the band and piano bar circuit also added to my musical smorgasbord.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
5 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Barry Russo
This is the second time I've hired Barry & once again he delivered excellent results in a timely manner. I would highly recommend him.
Barry is simply fantastic! This was my first time ever using a session musician and Barry made me wonder why I never did it before!
He was very professional and easy to work with. The piano playing was of course superb and exceeded my expectations. His communication was great and he made prompt adjustments as and when I needed them.
I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Had a blast working on Barry's music. I'd love to work with him again!
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Working with Barry has been the "textbook" experience that all collaborative projects should strive to become. His communication is so clear, comprehensive, and to the point. He allows for creativity to flow, yet he knows what he is looking for in his music. I could not have asked for a better experience working with another musician. Thank you!!
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It was super easy working with Barry. Great songs and Barry was able to easily communicate what he wanted from the track.
Interview with Barry Russo
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Guitar: Chad Martin; Bass: John Thomasson; Drums: Christian Dorn; Mixing/Mastering: Doug Weier. All of them have provided outstanding results and are great to work with!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I hope there's an unlimited amount of space here... ok, in no particular order: Mercy Me, Lincoln Brewster, Daughtry, The Script, Billy Joel, The Hooters, Howard Jones, Michael W. Smith, The Piano Guys, Journey, Toto, Matchbox Twenty, Maroon 5, Phil Collins, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Tori Amos, Def Leppard, Chris Tomlin, Huey Lewis, Owl City, Sidewalk Prophets, Take That, Bach, Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Clementi, and the list could keep going.....
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Know yourself. Use the gear that you're most comfortable with, even if it's not what everybody else says you should have. Do it in the way you're most comfortable with. In the end, it's about the results!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most often, I work in the pop, rock, and country genre. I also do quite a bit of piano instrumentals.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A strong desire and work ethic to get it "just right," piano and arranging skills to get the part to fit just where it needs to. That's so important and something I've learned over years of playing and recording. Also, I bring to the table a love for what I do.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First off, I think it's important for the client to send listening references of what they are looking for, either in the form of previous work they have done or in the songs of other artists. I take time to sit with the references and whatever tracks they provide for the song they want me to work on. If the piano tracks are the foundation of the recording, I can be the one who gets the whole process started for them. Communication and listening are two things that are crucial to the process. My next step will then be to put down tracks, bounce an mp3 of them, and send them to the client to take a listen to. If they want me to make any changes, I'm happy to do so. As a songwriter, I know how important it is to get it just right and how you envision it. When all is well, I will then create the final wav files for them.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is definitely my piano playing. I've been at it since what seems like the Middle Ages, and am experienced and well-versed in many styles. As I said in my main description, I have a fondness for all things melodic, and after all these years, have developed an instinct for what a song arrangement needs in its various sections.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a six foot Everett grand piano, which is actually a Yamaha G3 but bore the Everett name when it was built because of tariff issues. I use a number of Audio Technica and Sterling mics for vocals and for the piano. They are connected to a Soundcraft Signature 12 MTK board with ghost preamps. The DAW I most often use is Presonus Studio One Pro, Version 3.5 (at the moment, though will soon be upgrading to v4). It is powered through a MacBook. I have a number of additional plugins for sounds and loops.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most often, I provide piano tracks for clients. I also have been asked to create and arrange keyboard/synth tracks for songs. The most common keyboard part requests have been to add things like synth pads and leads, organ, brass, and string parts. Basically anything that needs to actually be played.