I am a professional Saxophonist and Composer
I am a session Saxophonist with a 10 year experience in the music field having played for the late Oliver Mtukudzi and Shared stage with the late Hugh Masekela. I am a holder and composer of the album Jose Sax Simple Impact with 2 Live Dvd recordings. I have recorded over 90 single tracks for various artists. I am versitile saxophone player as I can play any genre. I also create brass lines for various artists.
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Interview with Jose Sax
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on my 1st album and I'm proud of it because it wasn't easy getting to a point of satisfaction. I was the composer and arranger of all 9 tracks.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently tracking saxophone and brass lines for various artists and in a process of editing my 3rd live dvd.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Prince Madhiwali Dzuwa and Naphtali Chivandikwa
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because there is a lesser risk in losing your settings
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is I will deliver a world class job to you as it is my job to make you a happy client
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like the fact that I do what I love and love what I do.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Most of them ask me if I can deliver what they are looking for. My response would be, I will do my best to make you a happy client.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Probably the idea that a studio musician for hire is more interested in quantity of work than quality. I am very invested in composing ,directing and creating the best music we can create together.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I would ask them what the song or project is all about so that I have a feel of what their looking for and also ask them to share their thoughts on it.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would advise them to allow me to add my creations to their music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would take my saxophone, sound card, laptop, headphones and microphone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing saxophones for 10 years now and looking forward to decades of creativity
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am creative and I have unique harmonies. my imaginations are applicable and interesting to the ear. I can create African based brass lines and tones.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Kenny G because I would learn a lot on expressions in playing, note articulations and a whole lot more.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: To try and keep it real with triggering and sampling to a minimum
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Afrobeat, classical, house music, gospel, film, jazz and hiphop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is creating harmonies, composing saxophone and brass lines.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I make sure that I do my best to give an awakening to a song, I give a different feel from the usual.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: when given a song I play it at least three times as a way of creating lines if asked to create, it will also help me get into the feel of the song. I then layout all possible ideas and try to come up with lines which are suitable to the ear and something unique for that particular project.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a BETA 98H/C Shure for saxophone, Persons Headphones and Monitors, Presonus sound card and a MacBook Pro using Logic Pro Software.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by Charlie Parker, Kenny G and Kirk Whalum to name a few.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I track saxophone and brass lines in studio and also create new lines for them when requested. I also do live performances.