Rhodes, Wurlitzer, organ, piano, Farfisa, Korg MS-20, Clavinet, and more for your project. I want to work with you to create the perfect track for your project.
-Some of the tools I use in my studio are: Fender Mark V Rhodes, Wurlitzer 200A, Farfisa Fast 3 organ, Kurzweil PC2, Korg MS-20, Pro Tools.
I want to work with you to create the best track possible. My aim is to satisfy your goal for the project.
For over 30 years, I have worked in studios as a session musician and playing live as a keyboardist in jazz, rock, cover, original music, country, and blues bands. I have also taught rock, classical, ragtime, blues, and jazz piano lessons for many years. I am able to create keyboard parts that fit the song (solo, background, etc.). Sitting in with multiple bands has provided the versatility needed to create keyboard tracks for your music needs.
Past awards include live performance awards, original music, and Addy awards.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
Interview with Musicdecco
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I know this is cliche and sounds like a marketing line, but I truly try with each song that I do to be proud. I want to do the best that I can. The song is obviously important to the client since they are willing to pay for a keyboard track. It's only right to do the best and go that extra mile. That keyboard track will be on there forever!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My band recorded in a famous recording studio and we are currently editing and mixing the songs from there.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I prefer analog because of the knobs and buttons. It just looks cool and fun!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that my goal is to meet what they are looking for. That is 100% my goal.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I enjoy giving people back their song with a keyboard track that they love and makes them happy.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They usually ask if I use a real Rhodes and Wurlitzer. Which, the answer is, yes I do.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it doesn't take long. But, to get the song and learn it (ie.: figure out the chords, learn the feel of the song) and then figure out something to compliment the song and actually record it, that can take hours.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What they are looking for. Be it organ, Rhodes, piano, the feeling and mood they are looking for...
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I know not working with someone face to face / working with a complete stranger can be nerve-racking. But, I take this seriously (and enjoy it), so rest assured, I work closely with you to make sure you get the keyboard part that you want.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Rhodes, Marshall stack and amp
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: If I could go back into time, I would like to work with Rainbow or Deep Purple. I feel I could really grow and learn a lot from those bands.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I normally work on blues, rock, jazz, country, and ballads.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is being adaptable. If you give me a song, I will return it with a keyboard track that fits and sounds like it was made for that song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have to goals: the main one, of course, is to stay in the range that my client wants me to stay in. They have the idea and this is their baby. I want to help fulfill the keyboard need. The second goal is to make sure that the keyboards bring out the quality of the song. Without being overbearing or too much. I don't want my client wondering what they paid for. For lack of a better way to put it, and danger of being cliche, I want to make sure the keys give a little "magic" or "energy" to the mix.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My workflow is first, listen to the song and see what I can bring to the table. Then, listen to it and play around on a keyboard like I am in the band playing that song. I repeat this quite a bit to become familiar with the song and to make sure that what I play is right for the song and the client. Then, I record it down. If I need to clean anything up, I will after recording. Then, I will send it on.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup consists of Studio One on a computer that I built specifically for music recording. I also have guitars, and numerous keyboards; the right tool for the job! My outboard gear are compressors (one is a tube compressor) and DI boxes. I also use effects and microphones frequently.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers is one keyboardist that I really enjoy his work. Sylvia Massy is an inspirational recording engineer due to her artistic and creative ways to record sound. Jon Lord of Deep Purple and Tony Carey of Rainbow are also keyboardists who have inspired me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: So, the most common work I do is either organ or Rhodes/Wurlitzer electric piano playing. The most common genre I receive is rock and roll. A client will tell me what they are looking for and I will work hard to achieve that sound and feeling for the song.