Session Guitarist with enough production skills to turn a rough demo idea into a finished mix at the speed of light!
Berklee College of Music Alumni '03, (winner of Guitar Department Award in 2002) with 20+ years experience as guitarist (studio and live) with many acts in different genres, as well as producing and arranging.
Fractal Audio Systems Artist, expert in (or I should say obsessed by) guitar sound designing, owner and founder of www.edosounds.com, where I offer commercial guitar presets for digital processors, based on famous rigs / guitar tones. As a matter of fact, probably my bigger strength is to be able to sound very close to guitarists I like, from Jeff Beck to The Edge, from Slash to Gilmour etc. Check out my preset video demos on my youtube channel to get the idea: www.youtube.com/c/edofaiella.
Formerly a drummer and piano player, with enough production skills to turn a rough demo idea into a finished mix very quickly. Proficient with Logic, Superior Drummer 3, and many plug-ins / virtual instruments to ensure a professional sounding production.
Whether it's a guitar track or a full production, I can handle it either in my home studio, or in my family's professional recording studio (www.splash-studio.com) with state of the art equipment, including SSL console.
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Interview with Edo Faiella
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I've been producing some songs for an Italian vocal quartet called the Super 4, runner up at X-Factor Romania in 2020.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, although digital technology (especially guitar modelers) has taken giant steps forward, and it makes easier to keep the creative process fresh and quick.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creative process
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Some people believe that a good production can fix a weak song. It does to some extent, but it's always better if you have a great song to begin with!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you expect from my work? Are you sure this is the right direction for your song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk, talk, talk. Don't be afraid to ask all the questions you have in advance to understand if you're on the same track and he's the right person to work on your music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Tough one, let's see.. Fractal Audio Axe-FX3, Les Paul 59 reissue, Suhr Pete Thorn signature, my laptop and Adam S2A monitors.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing piano when I was 7, then I switched to drums and guitars at age 12, and finally focused on guitar since I was 19. I graduated at Berklee College of Music in 2003, and since then I've been working with a few bands and solo artists both in studio and live, both in Italy and abroad.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: As a guitarist, I try to stay as neutral as possible. Usually it's the song and the production that inspire a particular direction.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: U2, Coldplay and Muse. Growing up as a fan of theirs, I would love to see the creative process behind their music in person!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't over produce to mask the weakness of a song, but rather to enhance its strength!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop rock would be my comfort zone, but I have experience in other genres, from EDM to funk to ambient.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think I'm pretty good as providing the right guitar tone / part, especially in the pop-rock context.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: It ultimately depends on the song really. I try and bring what it demands, whether it's emotion, groove, feel, tone..
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I have to track guitars on an existing project, I usually talk to the producer to fully understand what he's looking for and I take it from there. If I'm the producer, I generally have the big picture somewhat in my head and I try and let it out as quickly as possible to keep ideas fresh.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Being primarily a session guitarist, I have loads of guitar gear, more than a dozen guitars, amps, processors, fx etc. As far as producing, I mostly work "in the box", using Logic Pro, an RME interface and loads of plug ins for fx and virtual instruments, but I usually record guitars through real gear or digital modelers, depending on the project I'm working on. I also have a decent collection of mic's (Neumann, Aston, Shure etc) in case I need to record vocals, acoustic guitars, percussions etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I like all kinds of music, from Led Zeppelin to Dua Lipa and everything in between. If I had to name a few, I'd pick Michael Landau and Jeff Beck as guitarists, Eno and Lanois and their work as producers with U2.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: As a professional session guitarist and producer, my work ranges from tracking guitars on an existing project to creating a full arrangement / production from rough demo to final mix.