Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
All of my recordings. Visit www.avitajazz.com, They are all recorded extremely well and each is unique.
What are you working on at the moment?
A new Duo project - Vibes and Piano
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. My instrument, vibes, records so well in the digital format. Tends to distort analogue recording tape.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
As I said, I'm professional and will give you my absolute best, and I expect the same from you.
What do you like most about your job?
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
What track do you need - preferably all that you have. Either in a stereo format or stems.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I'm too serious. Nah! I like to have fun too. Let's do a project together - it will be great.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What exactly are you looking for and what format will you deliver the files to me and what format do you want it back.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be professional. I'm not going to write your music - know what you want and be prepared.
I'm very serious and professional. You will get the best from me, I expect the same from you.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Vibes, Marimba, Piano, Computer with interface and Mics
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Graduated Berklee in 1976. Been a touring and recording artist all my life
How would you describe your style?
Modern, Contemporary. Mellow Vibes sound.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Chick Corea - He is just such a talent and exact.
Can you share one music production tip?
What type of music do you usually work on?
Contemporary Jazz, Latin Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Mainstream Jazz
What's your strongest skill?
Jazz Improvisation and music reading
What do you bring to a song?
Ability to not overplay and leave space. Add tasteful fills and chords
What's your typical work process?
Add musical lines to already recorded music or take improvised solo on sections of just sweeten the music with vibes and marimba.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Dedicated space - Good Vibes Sound Studio.
Tascam DM4800 digital console. Run Logic Pro X, Have Many Audio Technica Mics and many others such as Shure SM58, SM47,
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Chick Corea - piano, Bill Evans - piano, Gary Burton - vibes
Pat Metheny - guitar
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Add Vibes and Marimba parts to enhance sound and finish a project