What a good session musician does is listen to the song, to the artist, and to the other players. That way you can help bring out the song and help the artist express what they want to express. It's never about you stepping out and showing you can play something fancy.
I'm a guitarist living in Los Angeles, California and have been fortunate enough to have worked with a variety of artists across multiple genres, including Kanye West, Aloe Blacc, BTS, Anderson.Paak, The Chainsmokers, Jonathan McReynolds, Mali Music, Chance the Rapper, Jason Michael Webb, Leona Lewis, Sabrina Claudio, NoMBe, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, The Shadowboxers, etc.
I have a remote recording setup with a variety of gear all to serve you and the music!
I look forward to working with you!
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Interview with Alec Lehrman
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All types!! But if I had to narrow it down, it would be R&B, Soul, Gospel and Singer-Songwriter.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Fender Telecaster, Fender Strat, a Gibson 335, Gibson LP. For amps I have a VOX, Marshall Plexi, Fender Super Reverb, Fender 65 Reverb Reissue. I run all that into my UA apollo and like to use some nice preamps, usually a Neve 1073 or a UA610B and then add compression to taste.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly record guitar parts for a variety of different clients in all genres. A lot of this involves me interpreting what they are asking for! For example, if a client says "I want this to feel like you are floating down a river at sunset." Well then the guitar part should sound like that! This type of interpretation is actually one of my favorite parts of recording :)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to help birth projects into the universe that otherwise would not have existed!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Shoot me a message!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emotion. I like to thinking I'm painting and adding colors to your project!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Mayer, J Dilla, D'Angelo.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes! Brandon Combs, a fantastic drummer here in LA.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever serves the song best.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: For them to be 100% satisfied and to do everything I can til we get there!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have song references?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A laptop, a guitar, a keyboard, a UA apollo, and an iPhone for voice memo recording!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for 10+ years and been loving every minute.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is extremely diverse. I grew up playing jazz and blues, and discovered pop, rock, gospel, and country. Now I feel confident in just about every genre there is.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Mayer because I grew up listening to him and love his songwriting.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Commit! Whether it's deciding what preamp to use or what compressor to use, just commit. That's what they did back in the old days and we all love those records. Something about just deciding on a sound is very liberating.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Guitar player
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the song a few times, map out the song in Logic, listen to the reference track, then record the song section by section. After the first guitar part is done, I'll pick up another guitar and start stacking.