As a result, I don't
write tentative dates in my schedule. I need confirmation of
a date in order to book it. If you need me to contract other players for
an event, I will need a deposit to confirm the date. I have done this
on numerous occasions with numerous styles of music--jazz, rock, folk,
blues, bluegrass, classical, cajun, whatever.
During recording, I can provide a
useful ear and the ability to assess problems, should they arise. This
can mean easier or more effective musician setup, more flexible sounds
to the recording medium, better translation of sounds from the control
room to other listening environments, and recommendation for any improvements
or adjustments to your own setup, should you desire them. I have, on numerous occasions, mixed projects
in commercial recording facilities that were recorded in people's homes
or at other facilites. The artists for whom I
have done this have enjoyed it in terms of not having to burden themselves
with the technical aspects of mixing, learning what they did during tracking
that helped ensure a more flexible mix, and learning what they could do
in the future to improve their art. Any of this
can allow you to concentrate on playing your material and not worrying
about the multitude of technical issues involved in making a recording.
I have mixed numerous projects that were recorded by someone else that include home recordings by the artists themselves, live location recordings, and projects recorded at other commercial facilities. I usually prefer to mix in a commercial recording facility, as the results tend to be more predictable and the flexibility of equipment in most commercial facilities allows for a more efficient mix with more potential options.
In this very interesting period of global communication, it is easier now than it ever has been for a wider variety of artists to collaborate across the globe. I have been asked on occasion to record drums and/or percussion for people located in different areas. The most common examples for me have been singer-songwriters with home recording setups or access to studios in their area that have asked me to play drums on their project here in North Carolina. They usually send me CDRs or DVD-Rs of some sort of guide track and some descriptive notes about what they want and I will try to give that to them and then send it back for their approval. It has worked out very well for a variety of artists and it's something that I generally enjoy doing.
While my rates as an individual are very
competitive, the overall rates vary depending on the budget and location of the project.
Certain situations allow for more flexibility. This is a set of options
that self-contained commercial studios generally can't offer. Contact
me and I'd be happy to discuss your specific needs.
The more information you can provide about what you want to accomplish,
the more specific I can be in determining what will work for you. Flexibility
is an important benefit of hiring a freelancer.
If you check out the comments clients have made about working with me, you'll get a good idea of what
I'm about. I don't like to dictate the pace or artistic direction of a
particular project. I prefer to let the artist decide and communicate
to me what they would like done. I like to think that many people come
back to me because they are happy with how I translate their ideas into
a listenable medium.
especially when it comes to drums. If I know in advance what is requested,
I'll be happy to provide it at no additional cost (with the exception
of drumsticks, new drumheads, guitar strings, or picks). While I do have
an oddball assortment of amps, pedals, keyboards, etc., I am not in the
business of providing keyboards or samplers for creating songs from scratch.
Yes. Being a frequently performing musician
in a variety of situations, I know MANY musicians who can perform in a
number of different genres. I know many, many instrumentalists and singers
who can provide talents in classical, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass,
R&B, gospel, and many types of ethnic and folk
styles. If you need an arranger for a project (for horns, strings, etc.),
I know several excellent ones, as well.
While I certainly understand live sound
systems and have consulted a number of churches, clubs, and bands on their
PA system setup, I generally don't run live sound. I am, however, more
than happy to give a good recommendation to a number of very well-qualified
people in this area.