Electric Guitar player from Charlotte, NC. I specialize in Indie Rock and Ambient textures. My style is influenced by the music of Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Dawes, Foo Fighters, etc. You can hear a lot of my work with the band Yosef from Nashville, TN.
I am a session guitar player with a great ear for production. Knowing how to sit in a mix and serve the song is paramount for elevating your song to the next level. I have versatile tools to get the sound you are looking for in your head. I offer Rhythm Guitar, Lead Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar tracks with a lot of versatility in post production. I will double track Rhythm parts and use different amp/guitar combinations to fill out your mix.
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Interview with Paul Brazell
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on the Yosef record Run Wild and I love how big, textured, and epic those songs turned out. I played guitar, keys, and sang background vocals on that record.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am doing session work and playing with indie rock band Whistler in Charlotte NC
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I have worked with Joseph Hunter Duncan in a few projects and he is an excellent vocalist. Would definitely recommend him
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital has come a long way. I am very romantic about analog gear and love the aesthetic and feeling it gives you, but working in a production environment the digital stuff sounds just as good and is easier to manipulate.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will always deliver a product that you will be proud to have your name on.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like working with different artists and flexing different creative muscles.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Tell me your non-negotiables. If you know you want the part to sound like a particular song you love, you know you want a certain section to have a certain sound, or anything else come into it knowing what direction you want the song to take. This makes it easier to get to the sound you want quickly.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Kemper Profiler, Strymon Timeline, a Telecaster, MacBook Pro,
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am very tasteful. I am not the flashiest guitar player there is, but I know how to add depth and vibe to a track
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Go into each session with the goal to serve the song. Intentionality is superior to flashiness.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically play on Indie Rock and Singer/Songwriter tracks
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Knowing how to build big sounding guitars. Using music theory to know how to balance guitar parts and using guitar tone to make a part sit well in a mix
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am an artist who works to serve the intention of the songwriter. I am good at working with existing composition to carve out a spot for guitar to balance with the rest of the arrangement.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will listen to the song several times, loop each individual section and try out a variety of possible guitar parts. Once I have several ideas down I will combine them into a cohesive piece. Once I have the parts figured out I will be very selective with the amp and effect choices. I then replay all of the parts so they feel melded together like a live performance.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My main amp/effects rig is a Kemper Profiling Amp. I switched to this setup a few years ago and have never looked back. Using this tool means I can get to the sounds I want quicker, I have a much wider variety of amps and effects, and I can provide great results in a quicker timeframe.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The band Copeland is very inspiring to me. They are really great at building beautiful arrangements. Every listen you can hear something you have never heard before.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Electric Guitar, Bass, Acoustic Guitar