I played saxes and flute on Ariana Grande's demo, and well... look how that worked out for her.
I play alto sax, tenor sax, flute and wind synthesizer, with a specialization in alto sax. My background is in recording and sideman work, which prizes the ability to play many styles authentically. This past year, I've performed pop music, rock, jazz, r&b, soul, hip hop and flamenco.
I have a recording studio at home, will turn around a project in less than two weeks (rush jobs can be negotiated and turned around faster). I offer one free revision session for each project, and will happily include a horn stem mix if you are using several horn tracks in your piece.
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Interview with Dan Perez
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. That ship sailed long ago. I'm not saying to digitally compress your stuff to oblivion, but high end digital loses nothing to analog.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The MUSIC!!! And the people I get to work with. I really wouldn't trade this for the world. It's a wonderful thing to play music for a living and wake up every day loving what you do. It makes the hard times (and there are hard times) worth it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: First up I ask about the scope of the project. Are you looking for a single saxophone playing tasty lines behind a vocal, or a solo or something? Alternatively, are you looking for a horn section to fill out your recording? The time commitment on my part will be different depending on how many parts I have to dub. By the same token, if you have really complex chord changes or horn lines, do you have them written out? I'm very quick to learn things by ear, but if it's a very complex chart, that will take longer and add time to the process. Of course, time is money...
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Well, without talking to each individual, it's hard to say... I guess my general advice is necessarily generic, but I still think it's good: know what you're looking for. Whether it's a particular vibe, an exact line or arrangement, some background stuff "in the style of" a particular player... the more concrete an idea you have, the better you'll be able to communicate it, and the closer to your perfect vision we can get as session players.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing music professionally since 2000 or 2001. I studied at Berklee, graduated with a performance degree, worked on cruise ships, hooked up with producer Cooper Anderson and his associate Ken Lewis to do the track that wound up going to Ariana Grande, then re-recording it for her. Meanwhile, I continued my studies with some of the best sax players in the world and kept playing clubs up and down the East Coast with jam bands and cover bands while working on my jazz chops in my own time. Over the past 20 years, I've done arrangements for The Voice finalist Will Champlin, performed with Grammy and Oscar winners from Cheryl Pepsii Riley to Russell Malone to Charles Mack, and done work for hire (what I offer here) for similar websites to this one and multi-platinum, multi-Grammy award winning producer Ken Lewis.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Light and tight... DPA microphone, Apogee preamp/ADC, Logic Pro
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Club date performances