What are you working on at the moment?
A rap project for Latham Bowman, who is about to blow up big-time.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Yes. Rey Reel is a genius producer, and Mike Rivera is a genius mixer. I know because I work with them both.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
You will get my absolute best every single time!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Acoustic, electric, computer, Marshall stack, iPhone with all my music on it.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've played guitar for over 20 years.
How would you describe your style?
Blues and rock n' roll. Mix Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Slash, Muddy Waters, and The Rolling Stones, and you've got me nailed.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'd love to work directly with Beyonce. She's an amazing overall performer, and very inspiring. The same for Eminem. And I'd love to work with my heroes Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones.
Can you share one music production tip?
For guitarists - always stay in tune. This may sound obvious, but when you're in the studio, your instrument needs to stay in tune at all times. And musicians of all stripes and kinds who work with producers - be good musicians, and try to be fast. The producer doesn't have time for you to labor over a part, so try to get it quickly. This will insure you get another job as a musician.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hip hop and rap these days, but also a lot of pop.
What's your strongest skill?
Melody (and harmony). These two components of music make magic. They also make hits.
What do you bring to a song?
I am a blues player by nature, so I bring a strong emphasis on rhythm. My biggest influence on guitar is Eric Clapton, the king of melody, so I bring a very strong understanding of an emphasis on melody when working on a song. The best songs have strong melodies that people remember. This what I am expert at.
What's your typical work process?
When it comes to hip hop, for example, Rey will usually have the beginnings of a beat he wants to develop, and he may have an idea for a bassline in mind. At this point, we collaborate to find the best bass and guitar parts to compliment the song.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am very inspired to be working with the producer Rey Reel. He has an outstanding ear and is a master of sound.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I put bass, electric, and acoustic guitar on projects for clients