For your production needs, you need a musician that will not only play their part, but avail themselves to bring your vision into fruition by any means necessary. The right keyboardist will serve as a great asset to your project and will deliver the passion needed for each track. It is my goal to serve you to bring your record to completion.
Chicago based session keyboardist, pianist, organist, synths. Available to play all genres from R&B, Gospel, Christian, Alternative, Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz and Country. I've been playing professionally since age 16 for bands, ensembles, and artists around the local area. Looking to expand and become full time as a musician.
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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 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
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: 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: 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 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'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 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 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: 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 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: How would you describe your style?
A: Edgy yet calm, aggressive yet relaxed, versatile yet focused.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to play with Jill Scott, her voice is amazing and the instrumentation by the musicians is always superb and feels great. I would be witnessing magic by sitting in the studio working with them.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Name your tracks! Save your engineer the headache!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Christian, Rock,
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Keyboard chops, synthesis, sound design,
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 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: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a simple home set up with my MacBook Pro running Pro Tools 12, Logic Pro X, my Roland FA 06, Roland Gaia SH-01, Yamaha Motif, and dozens of virtual instruments in my arsenal.
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.