Not just a guitar part. Carefully and creatively-crafted arrangements that will bring your song to the next level.
The best subtle and tasteful guitar playing for your song. Professional quality backed by 20+ years experience. Credits range from major label pop artists to indie singer songwriters.
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3 ReviewsEndorse Jack DeMeo
Awesome player, easy to work with, and quick turn around time. Highly recommend.
Jack is your guy!! His musicality is off the charts and his ear is incredible. Combine those things with his facility on multiple instruments and you've got the complete package! I can guarantee that everything he plays will be extremely tasteful and exactly what you're looking for. If you want your song to feel alive, hire Jack!
Jack DeMeo is an insanely talented guitarist & multi-instrumentalist. He is one of a kind and a true jack of all trades. Not only does he play multiple instruments, but he plays them all beautifully. He is skillful, artistic, and one of my first calls for live and recorded work. His melodic choices are unique and tasteful and I couldn't recommend him more. I'd give him 10 stars if I could.
Interview with Jack DeMeo
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just finished recording a bunch of acoustics and slide guitars for an upcoming Remi Wolf release. It's a pop song with a Hawaiian twist. I'm super proud of the way it came out and love how the acoustics and slides work within a pop song. It's almost like a new genre. I was the part writer and arranger for all the instruments I recorded.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on my own record!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes. Check out RC Rossell. He is a blazing guitarist and great bass player. Haleigh Bowers vocals will blow you away.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I use a mix of analog and digital. Analog for the tonal qualities, digital for the convenience and speed.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Anything I add to your music will be in complete service of the song.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love helping artists realize their sonic vision. There's nothing like taking a song from point A to point B and seeing an artist's excitement and joy when their song finally feels the way it should.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How many guitars do you have? A: As many as I need.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I just play power chords, take a solo, and call it a day. Nope. I CAN do that, if that's what you're looking for. But for everything I work on, I am carefully crafting guitar ARRANGEMENTS (several parts that work together) that are all in service of the song and the lyric.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. What are some reference tracks that influence how you want this song to sound? 2. What kind of tones are you looking for? 3. Who are some of your favorite artists/what are some of your favorite songs?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to some of the stuff I've worked on. See if it inspires you. Check out my influences and see if there's any crossover. Or just give me a shot, and I promise I'll surprise you :)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender telecaster, fender Princeton reverb amp. That's all :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started playing electric guitar at around 8 years old. Played rock and blues primarily. Attended an arts high school where I was introduced to R&B, jazz and funk. It was around this time that I also fell in love with country and indie folk-influenced artists, such as Wilco, Pavement, Jackson Browne, Neil Young. I attended the world-renowned USC Popular Music Program as a songwriting and guitar emphasis. I credit my background as a songwriter as one of my major attributes as an instrumentalist: everything I do is to serve the song.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Delicate, expressive, emotive, colorful, understated, vocal.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kacey Musgraves. The soundscape on her Golden Hour record is magical. I think I could tease a lot of life out of her songs.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer-Songwriter, Folk/Americana, Country, Indie, Rock and Roll, Pop, Funk, R&B
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Subtle yet hooky parts that just glue everything together.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emotion, dynamics, beauty - dirt, mud, filth. Whatever you're looking for, I can give you. I use my instruments like paintbrushes to color your sonic landscape.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1. Spend time listening to and absorbing the song. Listen to the lyrics. Get into the emotion and atmosphere. 2. Pick up an instrument and start creating. 3. Once all the ideas are there, I will go back and revise to perfect rhythm, intonation, and inflection. 4. Send client stems of all files, with useful filenames for sorting.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Variety of vintage guitars and basses, pedal and lap steels. Fender amps. I primarily record DI, and send the client dry and effected signals.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: David Lindley, TK Kelly, Blake Mills
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remotely record high quality guitar parts - both of my own creation and as per request - to fit and enhance a client's song.