Hello, I'm Freddie. I'm a session pianist and keyboardist from Chicago, Illinois offering keys, piano, synth, & organ for your demo, single, studio band or full album. I'm able to play gospel, pop, r&b, blues, jazz, and CCM/Worship as well. I also hold a production degree from SAE Institute in Chicago. I'd be glad to be a part of your next project
- Session Keyboards, Piano, synthesizers - $100
(NOTE: All piano tracks come with MIDI, but for an additional fee, I can provide piano/keyboard parts in lead sheet or grand staff transcription using Avid Sibelius)
- Song Arrangement/Composition - $300
- Song Production - $500
- Backing Track/Instrumental Production - $500
Send me a stereo wav file of your existing work (Demo or acapella) and I'll send back stereo wav files of all the tracks and their MIDI data as well. Also, please include the song info (key, tempo, chord progressions, or any charts, etc) you may have that'll give me a better scope of your project.
I'm able to accept any sessions using Avid Pro Tools or Logic Pro X as well, feel free to send them if you'd like.
Contact me today and let's create something great!
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Freddie is an unbelievable talent! He did an unbelievable job with a quick turnaround. I can’t wait to work with him on future projects! 11 stars!
Working with Freddie has been a pleasure and a honour with the easy approach and fast turn around I will be hiring again and so sound you.
Great as always! Ever ready to accommodate my ideas and wishes!
Great working with Freddie once again!!!
Freddie is the man! Super easy to work with, and provided me three awesome takes to choose from. Quick turnaround, very professional - can't wait for the next one!
Awesome job again from a great talent!! Thanks freddie!
Wonderful job again from Freddie. Very talented and creative keyboardist!!!
Another great job by Freddie. He went the extra mile to make my song come to life!
Freddie did a fantastic job. Song turned out great and just the way I had pictured it. Looking forward to working with him again when my next song is ready.
Very impressed with Freddie's quality of work and production. Freddie is excellent in what he does and goes above and beyond by capturing your ideas in the best way possible. Great job Freddie.
Freddie is very personable and professional. His communication was outstanding and he was very accommodating during the process. He made the changes I requested swiftly and without hesitation. Love the layers and dynamics he added to the song! Definitely was a pleasure to work with him.
My guy! Always a pleasure!
Freddie is very talented! Comes up with great ideas. I've worked with him twice so far, and will definitely be working with him in the future.
Freddie did a superb job on my tracks. He gave them a polished, professional, and catchy sound to them. Did not take much time for him to get the keys laid down and transferred over to me. Thanks Freddie!! Will definitely work with you again!
nice to work with Freddie!
Excellent Fantastic service from Freddie. He has a strong ear and willing heart to bring whatever your present to life and add the right flavor to make the sound last. He's awesome and have done great things to bring my music to life.
Top class and creative! Can capture your ideas and bring them to life
excellent jab as usual, thanks Freddie
Freddie is AWESOME! I highly recommend working with him, especially to those looking for an experienced piano player who can get things done quickly and efficiently!
Freddie is just amazing! Just an awesome musician that have a great spirit and ear to bring your music to life! Doors are gonna open more for him
Freddie does excellent work, super fast turnaround! He will be in future projects of mine.
He is an amazing person, very easy to work with
Just an amazing musician! Have a great ear and a heart to bring out the music beyond your expectations! I really enjoy his positive attitude and high musicianship to give the best and nothing less!
Freddie is detailed and precise. He is awesome to work with. A wonderful man of God!
Top guy! Always delivers and on time! Very proffesional experience.
Hey you guys have to check Freddie out his flow is amazing and the amount of time he did my project in was great as well. I definitely will be working with him again in the future.
Freddie is so hard working and very creative with the tools at his disposal! I always enjoy working with him and growing ideas together! Very diligent and skilled producer!
My guy! Always a pleasure. Communicates well and ensures 100% satisfaction. Brings fresh ideas to the track and lifts it up a level every single time. Appreciate you brother!
My guy! Great guy, great touch and great work ethic! Go ahead and contact him now! He will add value to your project!
Freddie was absolutely great to work with. An avid listener, able to take collective criticism and articulate the musical ideas I had from start to finish. Super professional, superb quality and timely with his services.
Will most likely be working with him again, soon.
Thank you again, Freddie!
Working with Freddie was a fantastic experience. He was careful to accommodate all my ideas and wishes to the letter, ensuring that I was satisfied with each and every detail. He is a gifted pianist and producer. He will take your ideas and in tandem with you transform them to a masterpiece. I especially appreciated his timely communication and fast turnaround. Cant wait to start the next project.
I had a flawless experience with Freddie working to transcribe some piano I wanted, and he produced the MIDI file exactly to spec. Very fast, friendly, a very talented keyboardist, and he worked a couple of iterations to make sure I was happy with the result. Highly recommended!
I wish I could give him way more than 5 stars! Freddie is a musical miracle worker! He has a way of staying true to the specifications that reflect you as an artist WHILE giving you aspects you never knew you needed! This man is the absolute truth.
Freddie is an amazing piano player and very reliable, always able to get the job done. His talent and ability is able help any and everyone no matter the genre or style. Get in contact with him for help in pushing the sound you are looking for, you won't regret it!!!
Fredie is an amazing piano player and very reliable, always able to get the job done. His talent and ability is able help any and everyone no matter the genre or style. Get in contact with him for help in pushing the sound you are looking for, you won't regret it!!!
I’ve worked with Freddie Banks, on several occasions. From my experience working with him, he has a grandiose of knowledge regarding his craft. He’s professional and puts his heart into every project.
I’ve worked with Freddie numerous times and every time we work he is nothing short of professional. His talent is far beyond anything you could ever imagine. Call him! You definitely will not be disappointed!
D. Jamel Kimbrough
~Grammy Nominated Music Producer/Engineer~
Interview with Freddie Banks
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a simple home set up with my MacBook Pro running Pro Tools 2019, Logic Pro X, my Roland FA 06, Roland Gaia SH-01, Roland Cloud VST's, and dozens of virtual instruments in my arsenal. But my new pride and joy is my Nord Electro 6D. Most of my piano tracks are recorded with it now, and it's a huge improvement to my quality of work.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work will consist of me accompanying the song by means of keyboards, piano and synths, all tailored to the feel of the song. I'm also able to assist in songwriting, and arranging as well.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Generally, I'll hear the demo that's sent to me by the client to get an overall feel of what they're trying to accomplish. Next, I'll write out the chord progressions appropriate for the melody being sung, or what type of rhythm or syncopation comes to mind along with it. I'll then use various synth leads or pads to add more texture and feel to the song where necessary.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity by means of quality, well-thought, and precise music accompaniment, manifesting the goal and vision in the mind of the artist.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Keyboard chops, synthesis, sound design,
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Name your tracks! Save your engineer the headache!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Edgy yet calm, aggressive yet relaxed, versatile yet focused.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working as a keyboardist since 16, and went to college to further my studies in music and audio production. the past 10 years has taught me quite a lot, and I'm grateful. It enables me to continue on and gain more traction in the music business.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro, Roland A800 Controller, Roland JDXA, Sennheiser HD280 headphones, Large sausage pizza
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't overlook those who don't have the experience or credentials as those at the top. We're all trying to work to get to the same level. Be willing to work with the underdogs.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that I can use my gifts and talents as a means to both serve someone on their project, as well as a means of provision for myself.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To serve as a creative asset in efforts to provide quality, meaningful, and memorable sound as a staple in the identity and presentation of multimedia worldwide.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Completing instrumentals and multitracks to further show my abilities and strengths while also learning my novices and weakenesses.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It varies, gospel is my roots, but I'm also able to play pop, rock, r&b and jazz as well, and I'm an 'OK' sight-reader too so I'd like to think I'm pretty versatile.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: A loaded question! But if I could bring Michael Jackson back to life, that'd be a dream come true. RIP King of Pop
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jordan Rudess, Robert Glasper, Rodney East, Eugene "Man-Man" Roberts, Parris Bowens, Lawrence Farmer, Eldar, Jamel Kimbrough, Travis Sayles.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is it that you look for in keyboardists/musicians for your project? Once done, What can I do to serve you better as an asset for your productions?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Oh boy.... digital, because VST's have improved so greatly over the years, and it beats having to carry around heavy equipment and causing wear and tear on them, although they sound great in their on right. But at the same time, nothing beats the warmth of analog sound.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was able to be apart of a recording project for my church in Chicago, where I played as one of the keyboardists and hammond organist. It was a memorable experience, being my first live recording. I'm believing it to be the first of may more to come