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Robert Gastelum, also known as Robbie G, plays soulful Jazz-styled trumpet. He started playing in about 1996. A quick study, he graduated from Berklee College in Boston from 2004 to 2007, with a bachelor’s degree professional studies. Right now, he’s living in the Napa Valley, composing and producing music; mixing instrumental Jazz with other types of music. He spends his free time playing trumpet and flugelhorn in various projects.
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Interview with Robbie G
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A Latin Jazz gig I did with some of the Bay Area's top Latin Jazz musicians; it was a gig at The Westin In Napa and an audio engineer friend recorded it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just mostly playing gigs for a music non-profit in Napa, CA.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It's fastest.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To give them the best I can get them.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music is the invisible art.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will it take to get done.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People don't understand why I'm so passionate about the trumpet and making beats.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What their vision is.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just communicate. Express your vision.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Trumpet and melodica.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was always into music, for the past 22 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: An original Jazz trumpet sound.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: A top sax player, like Jessy J or Kirk Whalum.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Just release the best sounds you can. Don't settle for less.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz kind of music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The trumpet.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A Jazz element, an original sound with the trumpet and original beats.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Repetition, recording.. redo, listen back, edit, redo, tune up, redo, etc. etc. over and over until satisfactory.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a new MacBook Pro and a basic 1 mic interface and small studio monitors.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Any Jazz trumpeter, horn player music artist and interesting/original track/beat makers.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Play Jazz trumpet and make beats.