What does your song need? I can do it for you! I'm a singer, multi instrumentalist, producer and songwriter with over 25 years experience in performing, recording and writing... I specialise in giving heart to every performance
Your listeners need to feel something when they hear your song and I take pride in making that happen... I sing, play most instruments (I'll even buy a Latvian nose flute and learn to play it if that's what your song needs!!), I engineer and produce and can record remotely in my own studio.
Any style considered... Tell me what you need!
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Interview with Paul deMarco
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have coqrittwn a collection of songs with various writers that I met on a series of writing retreats run by Chris Difford from the band Squeeze... I had never met the writers before and each day I wrote a recorded a song in a few hours with each person... every writing session yielded a song I was very happy with and created some great relationships around the world
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working in a retro soul album for release as an artist and always writing to sync briefs to land placements in TV and film
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital head with an analogue heart... digital is far more consistent and accurate but I aim to achieve the analogue warmth and the ethic that it has to sound good at the source... I don't believe in fixing it in the mix
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will give evey ounce of heart into all I do and will always strive for more
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love creating music and I think about it 24 hours a day... I love creating something from just an idea and listening back to the full finished product... it amazes and humbles ne every time
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will it take? As quick as possible without sacrificing quality How many revisions will you allow for the price? Usually 2 bounce backs from the final product before I would have to charge extra Do you know anywhere I can get this song heard by industry professionals? I have a number of contacts in the publishing and sync world that may be useful if the song is very good
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Just cos I CAN work fast it doesn't mean its easy and every song is different... the song is the most important thing and that will lead you if ypu let it... don't assume you know the best think to do... listen for the questions and the answers
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who inspires ypu? How do you want the song to sound and feel? Do you have a reference track? Is there anything you don't like?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try and find a reference track that translates the sound in your head as accurately as possible... keeps us both on the same page
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acpustic Guitar, elwctric guitar, bass, microphone and a recording device (assuming I have electricity)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started learning and creating music at the age of 13... joined bands and gigged wherever I could,... recorded on cassette players and taught me ears about sound before using computers like I do today so I can record with a digital head but an analogue heart... improved my songwriting working with great writers like David Wilcox, Jeff Cohen, Chris Difford, Bill Lloyd and Clay Mills... I have also always taught others while continuing to learn myself and keep growing... that's over 30 years of getting better every day!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: The heart of Soul music, the honesty of Country and bBues and the fire of Rock
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Either Chris Stapleton or John Mayer... firstly because I'd love to what we could create... and I think we'd really get on!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get itt right at the source... a great mix doesn't make a bad song great... a great plugin doesn't make a bad performance great... play well, record well, then mix well... and high pass everything that isn't holding down the low end
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A mixture of Rock, Blues, Country and Soul
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Delivery of the songs emotion
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Heart and emotion... believability to ensure the listener feels something
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Generally i track a live guitar vocal to capture the energy of a performance then play or build drum track to that live performance before retracking to the drum track... I do a rough master but prefer to do the final master on a separate day with fresh ears
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run an apple M1 mac mini with cubase 10 andogic Pro x (I prefer mixing in cubase but many use logic si it's handy for project sharing) I use an ssl interface for tracking and mix with Slate, Waves, Soundtoys, Fab Filter and Ozone plugins Aston, sure and AKG microphones Gibson, Fender, Yamaha, Musicman, Garrison and Spector guitars and basses
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musicians s that sing and play with heart Like Springsteen, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Chris Cornel as well as producers like Andrew Scheps, CLA and Jack Joseph Puig
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most my work is full demo production from a lyric or worktape... sometimes just a vocal is needed