Sam Kaufmann

Session Guitarist

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Over 20 years experience, Maynard Ferguson, New Kids, Dwight Yoakum, Michael Jackson. Tracks recorded in a Real Studio with Real Amps and Real mics on ProTools HD system.

A depth of credits, including multiple Emmy noms, begin at age 15: Sam was pulled from high school to accompany Maynard Ferguson at a show in his home town, he toured as lead guitarist for NKOB, and later upon graduating Berklee College of Music, Sam was hired by Michael Jackson to write music for the HIStory project.
Sam went on to compose music and play guitar on sessions for such iconic television shows such as Sightings, Modern Marvels and Biography as well as top level brand advertising for Nike, Lexus, ESPN and many more.
Testimonials lauding Sam’s talent include kind words from William Shattner, Ben Deily (Lemonheads), execs at Disney, directors and producers from network shows on HBO, CBS, NBC and many other industry players.

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Reviews (2)

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  1. Review by Terrence Smalls
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    My first call for years - a true professional, talented and creative.

  2. Review by Martin Rodriguez
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    Sam's playing is magical, he brings something special to each track.

Interview with Sam Kaufmann

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Ampire open credits. It was a blast and it came out sounding wonderful. Very creative and fun!

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Cheap Trick sound alikes

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Whatever works best for the song.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: You'll be glad you did.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: I love hearing and being a part of creating new, exciting and different music every day.

  11. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  12. A: Cost and time.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: What are you looking to achieve by adding guitar parts? Do you feel there is something missing in the recording as it exists? Are there other instruments you are adding that have not been recorded yet?

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: Have a reference or general idea of what you want.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: My Tele, a Deluxe Reverb, U87, something to record with/on (ProTools), and an iPhone loaded with apps.

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: Graduated Berklee College of Music, came to LA and got a gig with Michael Jackson in 3 days. I've been lucky enough to be busy ever since!

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Melodic

  23. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  24. A: I have had the opportunity to work with many talented musicians, however Dave Weckl would be a dream session/jam.

  25. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  26. A: Always have a reference track.

  27. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  28. A: Rock/Pop

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Creating musical lines and guitar parts that fit and enhance the music - not the other way around.

  31. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  32. A: 20 years of playing and expertise in what guitar parts support the song, not my playing or proficiency. The song is king. I also have amassed a vast collection of amps, microphones and guitars to create whatever os required. I also have a Kemper for speed and repeatability.

  33. Q: What's your typical work process?

  34. A: Listen through tracks, make sure everything lines up. If there is a vocal - a scratch is a must. Read and listen to producer comments and samples. Re-search samples if necessary, play through a few times for feel and form - then record - which also includes the process of getting the right sound for the tracks ALONG with playing the notes. Then send out the tracks for approval/comments.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: ProTools HD, Iso Booth, Control Room with 7.1 monitoring. Neumann, AKG, Sennheiser, Shure, Electro-Voice, Gefell microphones. Millennia & Avalon Pre-Amps. ANY guitar.

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: Eric Johnson, Pete Thorn, Pat Metheny

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: Rock Guitar, Guitar Arrangements and Scoring

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