Acoustic Upright Piano. Ideal for Pop, Hip-Hop, Alternative Rock...
Liam McCollum. Professional session musician based in the UK. Hold a BA in Music Technology and a Masters in Music from the University of Huddersfield. Eclectic piano player, mostly self-taught, don't read sheet music.
Piano is a fully reconditioned/restored Yamaha U3 from the 1970s. I looked at around 25-30 U3s from many dealerships and settled on this one. It possesses an iconic sound that would work well on pop, rock, blues, and many other genres. Listen to the samples and see what you think.
Microphones are a pair of Oktava MK12s that possess Cardiod, Omni and Hypercardiod functions. These are plugged into a high quality M-Audio interface which goes into a macbook pro. I'd recommend Cardiod for an in-your-face sound that can cut through a busy mix, and Omni for a more raw but very full rounded sound. I can tweak the recording techniques to suit your tastes and mix.
Price is per track up to 4 minutes long. Doesn't include solo pieces, please message me about those. I don't edit, but I will provide you with something that will be great to work with in the studio, then it's down to you to make those decisions.
I'll ensure with good communication and a receptive demeanour that I provide what you're looking for and will work around the clock to achieve that. If you're in doubt, contact me and I'll be happy to provide a short demo for your song free of charge.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Liam McCollum
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: In terms of piano, I love the real thing. It can make a real difference in terms of having a strong presence and an authentic sound within the mix. Digital pianos and samples have never really done it for me, and some are just far too squeaky clean for my taste.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To not quit until you're 100% happy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love getting great feedback more than the money. Maybe that's not the best approach but I'm at the early stages of my career so I think building a good reputation will serve me well in the long run.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: If they have something in mind then normally I ask for some musical examples which can be very helpful.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Pick somebody who has a good sound, good rep
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Generator, oil well (to power the generator), netflix, beer and a piano
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Studied Music Technology at undergrad before getting my Masters in Music. There was a strong performance focus in my undergrad degree, and I realised that through collaborating with other musicians that I I've been doing this professionally for about a year and a half and have really been enjoying it.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Easy listening; a bit bluesy with a touch of classical.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't edit too much, let the music breathe.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, Alternative and Art Rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: It's normally based on what my client is looking for. Normally they have a good idea, then if not
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen and record.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 1970s Yamaha U3, fully reconditioned. A pair of Oktava MK 12s with 3 different Mic Caps - Cardioid, Omni and Hypercardioid. I record this on to my macbook then play it back in my studio through a pair of Genelec monitors. My piano is in a separate room to my studio which has a concrete roof and plenty of space, providing a sound-friendly environment.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine (Loveless), The Cure, Lou Reed, Bowie, Radiohead, Tool, Mastodon... I try to find a new album every week just to gradually expand my musical horizons.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Piano Tracks