I'm a session keyboardist from Chicago, with 10+ years of playing for artists and producers worldwide for independent and commercial projects. My focus is rendering a performance that evokes the feeling, emotion, and energy of your song by means of quality recordings. The goal is to intentionally deliver music that conveys the artist's message.
Hi, I'm Freddie Banks. I've played piano, keys, and organ for various independent artists including SharmonJarmon, Stephanie Oguine, as well as major releases such as Worship at The Well Volume 1.
I've been working as a musician professionally for 10 years both live and in the studio. My musical roots are in Gospel, but I've also ventured into Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B, Rock, as well as Singer-Songwriter, most of which has been accomplished here in the remote virtual recording world.
My recordings are rendered through quality Apogee and Focusrite preamps paired with quality samples and instruments. My sound ranges from intimately calm, to soulfully dynamic, and I'm able to design and program unique synth patches as well. I'm able to receive and follow any charts you may have for your music as well, feel free to send them over with your project.
I'm looking forward to working with you. Click the "contact" button above to get started.
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88 Reviews - 11 Repeat ClientsEndorse Freddie Banks
Again what wonders that Freddie can do! He never cease to amazes me with his creativity and his unique abilities to bring music to life! Will continue to use Him and recommend him
Another Awesome session with this fantastic musician!
Excluding fast service. Has the ear and takes the time to bring what you have to life. He’s a phenomenal musician!
Freddie Banks is an absolute genius. Went all in on our project, and we are so pleased. We are very, very happy!
A consummate professional, easy to communicate with and great delivery! Would highly recommend!
Excellent service. Nothing but facts! Freddie Banks is a phenomenal musician that can bring life to whatever you send his way
Excellent musician that give professional and efficient service! He has a listening hear to what you like to produce and in the direction you like to go! Can’t wait to work with him again!
He was very professional. Understood the type of piano melody i needed for my song and delivered it perfectly. Went above and beyond and played two different types of pianos to give me different options. He truly has an ear for music and voices and can match keys perfectly. im greatly satisfied. i look forward to working with him again.
Freddie is such a gem. He's helped me out countless times, on plenty of records.
He is very professional, when it comes to his craft. Open minded, adaptable and communication is top-tier.
One of those 'diamond in the rough' people.
Freddie is professional and courteous. He completes my songs effortlessly! I can not get enough. I'm addicted! I keep coming back for more! Lol. Truly gifted in the music department. -Another Satisfied Customer!
Musical Genius!!! Wow! I am amazed at how gifted this Brother is. He brought my song to life!!! So ready to work with him on so much more!!!
Freddie is a diamond in the rough, such a gem. Not only a talented musician/producer, but overall amazing human being. Very professional, quality is out of this world and overall patient...especially, when it comes to bringing out an idea from the ground up. He understands and respects the art, just as much if not more, as you would. You won't regret hiring this man for anything you need in your productions.
Excellent fast service! Always does great work and bring music to life!
Freddie is a true professional! Talented musician and also conducts himself in a courteous manner. Very pleased with the results.
Great working with Freddie! Quality delivered timely - was flexible and easy to work with!
Freddie is an outstanding musician and very easy to work with. He completed a special, out of the ordinary, project where he was asked to copy a complicated piano arrangement in order for me to have a midi version of the performance and Freddie came through with an excellent track. I look forward to using Freddie again.
Freddie is a gifted musician! He played exactly what my song needed and delivered when he said he would. I enjoyed working with him and I’ll definitely hire him again soon.
What a great experience it was working with Freddie! He delivered some amazing, soulful playing that fit my song perfectly. No revisions needed! He’s very responsive and excellent at communication, a true pro and a super nice guy. Highly recommended, I will definitely work with Freddie again!
Very professional and talented producer! Freddie was extremely fast with his response and he delivered the sound exactly how I envisioned. I am more than pleased with the service I received. I will be using Freddie again soon and would highly recommend him to anyone.
Would definitely recommend Freddie Banks.
Interview with Freddie Banks
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 weaknesses. Also, I want to begin composing/licensing for multimedia in the near future
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 music & multimedia worldwide.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your overall goal with this production? What are we aiming to invoke from the listener? How can I serve you in your efforts to achieve this goal?
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. I refuse to box myself into one lane.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Keyboard chops, synthesis, sound design, and since I've started on SoundBetter, my ear for arranging has grown much stronger
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a simple home set up with my MacBook Pro running Pro Tools 2020, Logic Pro X, my Roland Fantom, 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: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jamel Kimbrough, Vaughan Phoenix, Jim Daneker, Ray Chew, Adam Blackstone, Daniel Weatherspoon, Robert "Sput" Searight, Aaron Lindsey, Chris Baker, Rodney East, Mike Patrick, James Poyser, Julian Pollack, Nicolas Semrad, Cory Henry, Shaun Martin, just to name a few.... 😉
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: 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 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: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Name your tracks! Save your engineer the headache!
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: 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.