I decided after 17 years of playing guitar that I want to help other musicians fulfill their dreams. Being a part of something bigger than myself is far more rewarding.
I specialize in acoustic rhythm and electric accompaniment.
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Interview with Joe Piner
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A couple friends and I decided to write a three song story, in the style of Pink Floyd. My section was a story about a military member that returned from war but can’t escape his memories. I wrote the lyrics and instrumentation in about 30 minutes and it was our favorite track of the three.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet, I’m new.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: They each have heir pros and cons. I prefer analog...I like the rawness it brings. It’s seems more pure and personal.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will give all I can to ensure you are satisfied with my assistance.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you play like...(insert artist here)? Typically, I redirect and ask what they would like to have the song sound like. Vision of what you want your product to sound like is crucial in reaching your goals.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I’m not trying to get rich on session work, I just want to help people fulfill their dream.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your goal for the song? Is there any part you’re unsure about? What can I do to make sure your expectations are exceeded?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Get to know them in a personal level, be comfortable that it’s a good fit; You can build a lifelong relationship.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I’m a simple traveler: 1) My 1981 Alvarez acoustic; 2) My Snark; 3) a Capo; 4) Extra strings; and 5) a case...my baby needs protection from the elements
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Prior military and current government employee that doesn’t want to give up on the dream to inspire artists and help them achieve their dreams.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Poetic, mild, and precise.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Anyone. I enjoy creating music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do it for the outcome, not for the income.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My own
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Providing a quality end product for the artist.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring ambition, focus, design, and professionalism.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I write, I tend to develop the lyrics and instrumentation simultaneously.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It’s basic, it’s amazing how powerful you can be with just you and your instrument.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: All singer-songwriter musicians inspire me. I never stop the learning process.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I will work with songwriters to complete or enhance their work, record their guitar section(s), and rework after review as needed.