I want you to LOVE your songs until words fail you and you can't stop smiling. My expertise is fingerstyle guitar on acoustic and nylon strings, but in my audio sample you will hear a lot of electric guitars too. I love both. This year I co-wrote and played on a song feat. Corey Taylor (Slipknot), “Live the Madness” by Moonshine Bandits!
I am a guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter, arranger and producer.
Originally from Israel and now living in the states, my past experience includes 20 years of recording and performing in the genres of Folk, Pop, Rock, Alternative & Progressive. I toured Europe countless times as a solo artist and as a member of other projects, and played in festivals such as "Primavera Sound" in Barcelona and "Exit" in Serbia among others. Writing for guitar is my vehicle to put my heart and soul into a song.
These days I am also the in-house guitarist for the label "Burn County", producing Country Rap music.
Other than guitar work, I enjoy editing stems and comping takes for vocals or instruments. I know that many people find that part of the work boring and tedious, but I seem to find satisfaction doing that! So if you need someone to do editing for you I will be happy to do just that.
For any questions hit me up. I enjoy communicating and respond quickly.
Looking forward to hearing your music and helping you take it to the next level!
Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.
35 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Amit Erez
Amazing guitar player and musician. He basically does all guitars on my songs, and I am always taken away by his feeling and talent. Thanks Amit!
Wonderful guitars as always....came back with the most beautiful guitars I could imagjne, thanks so much, Amit!
Amit delivers guitar magic every time I send him a song. He is is such a musical genius. I am very glad I found him here on SB and I appreciate our collaboration very much.
Once again Amit created something so beautiful for me. I’m absolutely blown away by his talent. Thank you Amit!!
Amit was such a pleasure to work with! He was kind, easy to work with and his talent is amazing. I would recommend him to anyone and i'm so happy that he delivered such high quality work...exactly what i was hoping for and heard in my head. Thank you Amit!!
Amit is a exceptionally talented guitarist, love to work with him!
Gorgeous guitar delivery by Amit again! Love his way of playing. Subtle and lots of feeling and great sense of interpreting what you want. So happy to have him contributing on my songs. Thanks Amit!!
Professional, talented, wonderful soulful guitars as always, thanks Amit!!
Amit is playing with so much feeling and soul , combined with his guitars technique skills, the results are amazing ! Thanks Amit !!
Fantastic guitar performance again and contributions of ideas for the production of the song, helps me a lot. Thanks Amit!!!
Amit is an extremely talented guitar player and musician. He always surprises me, and contributes with magic guitars to my songs. It is a pleasure working with him. Thanks Amit !!
Fantastic guitar player, I dig everything he does. He adds magic go my songs. Thanks Amit !!
Again lovely guitar solos and guitar lines from Amit. Such a talent. I am very grateful to be working with him. Thanks so much!
Beautiful guitar lines, solos, and rhythm guitars from Amit.... more than happy!! Thank you!!
Fantastic guitar player !! He did beautiful acoustic guitar , solos and slide arrangements on my new folk song. I love his work, such a great musician, and very easy to work with. And fast ! Thanks Amit !
Another wonderful delivery of magic guitar playing from Amit ! I love to work with him! Thanks Amit !!!
It was great to work with Amit! He went above and beyond and his guitars are sounding awesome in our track. Will definitely be working with him again.
Again an amazing job by Amit who worked with me on this song with all guitars , bass ans backing vocals plus great contribution to the production of the song ! Amit is such a great musician. Thanks Amit !!!!!
Amit did an incredible job on this project. Prompt, professional, and such great playing. I gave him a very rough demo and he turned it into something beautiful. My song has never sounded so good!
Interview with Amit Erez
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That the gear you use makes a difference. Of course it’s nice to have fancy gear, but the playing and choice of notes is what it’s all about, might have been recorded with the most basic gear and you wouldn’t know or care.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work with Ableton Live as my DAW. I use one condenser mic to track acoustic/nylon guitars. For electric guitars I usually go direct and apply amp emulators such as Guitar Rig. I might use a beta 57A with a Fender amp but most times I find it unnecessary. I keep things super simple and mostly "in the box" and get excellent results that I proudly stand behind. My guitars: 1) Nash Telecaster 2016 (Seymour Duncan split-humbucker bridge pickup, Lollartron neck humbucker, and a Bigsby). 2) Fender Stratocaster 1979 3) 1975 Guild D35NT acoustic guitar. 4) 2017 Guild M20 acoustic guitar. 5) La Patrie Concert classical guitar 6) 1966 Eko Barracuda-VI electric guitar.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Brian Eno, Prince, Tom Petty, Elliott Smith, John Parish, PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse...and of course Pink Floyd & The Beatles.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began writing songs and playing live in the early 2000s. Got signed by 2 record labels in Israel - Earsay Records and Anova Music. Released 5 albums under my own name and 2 albums under the moniker "The Secret Sea". I was a band member in the art-rock group Eatliz and worked with countless big and small independent artists in Israel as a session musician in the studio and live. I produced albums for others and for myself. Toured a lot in Europe and played festivals such as "Primavera Sound" in Barcelona (twice) and "Exit" in Serbia. I moved to the states in 2015 where I ended up recording an album with Larry Crane at Jackpot Studios (Elliott Smith, M.Ward, Cat Power and others). Joined the "Burn County" label as the in-house guitarist, working with Country Rap artists such as "Moonshine Bandits" among others.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My solo project "The Secret Sea" - I am recording and mixing new songs these days, that will hopefully become a new full length album!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love both. Analog demands a completely different mindset and isn't realistic when working with tight deadlines, so I don't do it, but it is definitely an amazing experience when circumstances allow it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being a big fan of teamwork, I love that I get to be creative AND work with people at the same time!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I will ask if there's a specific musical reference I should take note of, and what other instruments and/or vocals will be in the song if not already recorded. This is crucial for the range of the guitar parts, so each element has its right place in the mix.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The most important questions are: 1. Are you digging the audio samples? 2. Did you enjoy communicating with the provider? If the answer is yes to both, you're probably gonna enjoy working with that person and enjoy the results :)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I wouldn't take any recording gear with me but I'd take an acoustic guitar, lots of strings, a cutter and a box of picks.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Emotionally driven.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Daniel Lanois, because of his approach to atmosphere and purity of performance.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you can sing it, you're heading in the right direction...so write with your head and not with your fingers.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have 20 years of experience in Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Alternative & Indie music. More recently I've been doing a lot of cross-genre work in Hip-Hop/Rap & Country beats.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Musically - finding the right notes to play and going there without over-thinking things. Personally - highly communicative and committed.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Originality, outside-the-box style of composing and playing, exceptional range of influential musical sources from all decades, immaculate timing and flow, prioritizing of melody and feel over technical fireworks.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I first listen to a track several times with my headphones while doing other life-things, until I start hearing guitar parts in my head. I intentionally avoid holding a guitar while writing. Once I have a solid understanding of what I'd like to hear, I get settled in my work room to map out the parts on my guitar and hone them. Once I got the performance and the right sound nailed, I will begin recording. Takes are usually sorted & edited during the recording itself. Post recording I might apply further EQing and dynamic processing if necessary, depends on what the client wants. I can provide direct dry sources if requested by the client, to sculpt a different sound around my playing.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Writing and tracking guitar parts for beats and song. This includes riffs, solos & licks, chord progressions, acoustic fingerpicking and strumming etc.