I want to take your song to the next level! Whether that is laying drums or keys on your track, mixing it, producing it, or anywhere in between.
Hey there! I'm a noise maker from birth, and have been doing it professionally for 8 years. I'm a session drummer & keyboardist, as well as a producer and engineer. I was an apprentice under Michael Omartian & Terry Christian, which is where I learned much of what I know in recording production; and then I spent several years touring as a hired gun musician before focusing on the studio realm. I love coming up with creative stuff to take a song and give it a unique and full identity. Whether that is through coming up with live drums/drum programming for the foundation, overdubbing keys and synths to make it pop, or taking everything you've done and mixing it; I love every step of the creative process, and am excited to collaborate with you on your next project!
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Interview with Gabe Klein
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Actually, the swing record I referenced above has been a sincere pleasure to work on, and is turning into something that I'm quite proud of. We did it with all 1930's equipment at a great studio called "The Studio" in West Nashville. It is for the band Megan Lange and her Goody Goodies, and I am co-producing it with a guy named Sam Hunter.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently, I'm working on a live swing record! Super fun stuff.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Nick Scallorn, Andrew London, and Jake Neumar all do great work on Soundbetter, and are good buds of mine as well.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hmm, both in their respective places. Analog in terms of live tracking, and digital with programming and all that stuff I guess.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That they'll leave with a product they're happy with. If they aren't satisfied, I won't charge them, and will point to someone who can perhaps better help them than me.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creativity.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long does it take you to track drums and or produce a record? I typically give them the average time, but also follow that with "as long as it takes to get it right."
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I do the same thing all the time. One of my favorite things about what I do is that there is always a new challenge to be faced.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your project missing that I can help with?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure that he or she wants to collaborate creatively, and not just make a buck.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A piano, a guitar, some drums (don't know if I can just go with a single drum or not), a bass, and a simple recording setup.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Went on tour with lots of different people for around 8 years before committing to session work full time. I've been making music for as longs as I can remember.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: As a musician, I'm all about groove, and less is more. As a producer/engineer, I'm all about the song, and whatever it needs.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with John Mayer, not gonna lie. I've always dug his stuff.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If it sounds good, it is good. doesn't matter how you got there.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Living in Nashville, I do a lot of country. But I do a good amount of indy and jazz/pop as well, amongst other things.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Working on something until it is done, and making sure all parties are satisfied with the product.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My mother is an actress in musical theater and a singer of classic standards, and my father is a bass player and guitar player who cultured me on everything classic rock. That being said, I have a pretty large selection of genres that inspire me, and therefore bring a pretty wide palette to the table when it comes to recording and making music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on what I'm doing, but in general I like to work fast and get results quickly, then sleep on it and come back to whatever I've done with a fresh start. Always seems to get the best results for me.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've got a studio with a nicely sized live room for drums, as well as two iso booths and a 54 input console for tracking bands. Too much gear to list out in a short paragraph, but rest assured there are lots of things to make noise with.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm always inspired by people who push the boundaries and try new things. The Beatles are at the top of my list for that reason.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do a lot of drum & keys tracking for both demos, and full productions. I do a lot of producing and mixing as well.