I tour with major label and independent artists, create specialized playback sessions for live shows, and produce music in my home studio. I'm excited to help folks realize their artistic vision and create something incredible!
Currently based in Brooklyn, NY after relocating from Nashville, TN, I’ve been playing music for over a decade and working as a professional musician since 2016. In that time, I’ve worked with Grammy-nominated artists, toured extensively, and played venues all around the world.
Playing guitar has always been my first love, but over the last few years I’ve acquired a range of other skills that have allowed me to provide infinitely more value to the folks that I work with. These include music production, playback engineering, show programming, music direction, and a deep understanding of Ableton Live and other industry standard programs and technologies.
Whether I’m in the studio producing, side stage running a playback system, or on stage playing guitar and keys, I’m dedicated to working diligently to create something truly memorable.
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Interview with Sal Suriano
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've been playing guitar and teching playback for RCA Records artist Isaac Dunbar for the past few years, and it's been a great part of my journey so far.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on my own music and always playing guitar
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Haven't looked yet!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Controversial, but... digital for me. It's made my life so much easier on tour.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll focus on the details and give your project my absolute best.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The music...
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Would you ask Picasso to sell one of his guitars?" The answer is no.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People thinking you have to spend a ton of money on gear to make things sound good!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want this project to sound like? What do you want this project to feel like? Send me some reference tracks!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk to me about what you want and I'll give you an honest answer on whether or not I'm a good fit for the job!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My lil Yamaha acoustic from the 60's and 4 sets of strings.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I picked up the video game Guitar Hero when I was 14, and a year later I had to see if I could actually play guitar. Ever since then, I've learned as much as I can on my own and have also been really fortunate to have some great mentors along the way.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I keep it simple, but I go hard.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The Weeknd. Everything he does is sick.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take breaks! It all sounds the same after a while if you don't.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop and Rock mostly, but I grew up listening to country and also played Singer-Songwriter music for a while. I'm down to play anything, really.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the energy! But for real, I try to bring a sound that is unique in it's feel. Rather than play super busy or complex guitar parts, I play what feels good. It's worked well for me so far!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For guitar, it involves just listening to the music I'll be playing on. I'll also listen to other music the artist has released to get a feel of their overall sound. Then, I like to check out any live performances they may have. After that it's a lot of time playing around with the song, coming up with a bunch of ideas, and then cutting out the excess to simplify it down to whatever does the best job of serving the song.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a humble studio at home, and I spend so much of my time traveling that I decided to do most of my production "in the box".
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love really interesting guitar players. Folks like Buckethead and Tom Morello. Anyone who's pushing the envelope of what something can sound like. I'm also inspired by a lot of people on the music tech side of things, especially when it comes to live shows. The preparation and programming going into live music right now is wild.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I spend most of my time playing guitar and doing live production for artists. That includes a lot of work in Ableton Live, midi programming, editing a lot of stems, and creating instruments and sounds that serve the artists vision for their live show.