Classically trained multi-genre cellist - let’s get creative! Notable clients: Josh Garrels, Phil Larson, Barrier, Edward + Jane, Abby Holliday, Jonathan Class, Silicone Boone, Strahan
As a classically trained cellist, I use the skills I have developed over the course of 20+ years to create parts that match your vibe, no matter the genre. I hold years of experience playing on a vast collection of artists' projects, both in-studio and remotely. Starting cello at the age of 4, I’ve spent countless hours building my skill set through classical training, composing, arranging, transcribing, recording, and touring. Over the years I have performed for numerous studio sessions, symphonies, touring bands, weddings, and everything in between. I am also an experienced transcriber, composer, and arranger. Growing up into music as a child, I formed "perfect pitch", making transcribing and arranging a quick process, saving you time. My dream clients include Daughter, Tesseract, This Will Destroy You, Noah Gundersen, and Levi the Poet.
Recording packages (per song):
-SOLO: 1 cello part (single layer) - $100
-SECTION: 1 cello part (three layers: left, center, right) - $125
-DUO: 2 cello parts (single layer per part) - $150
-TRIO/QUARTET: 3 or 4 cello parts (single layer per part) - $200
-ENSEMBLE: 3 or 4 cello parts (three layers per part) - $250
Note: Editing of my tracks is included with all recording requests. I also offer standalone editing services for pre-recorded string audio.
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2 ReviewsEndorse Rob Lowman
Rob is an extremely talented cellist and captured exactly what I was going for with my song. Highly recommend!
Rob is a fantastic cellist and a wonderful human being. His musical ability is top notch, which makes working with him such an enjoyable experience. I’ve sent him written out scores, called him to describe how I wanted a certain part, and even let an entire section open for him to decide what it should be. No matter how you communicate your music to session musicians, Rob will come through and give you something beautiful. I highly recommend!
Interview with Rob Lowman
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the middle of the creative process, after I've started to figure out where to go but still on my way to get there. That's where little extra ideas pop into my head and I like to have fun with that. When I'm in a studio setting, I love to just get into the music, forget about the world, and let emotion guide me.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record through a Warm Audio WA-14 (AKG C414 clone) microphone and into a Solid State Logic SSL2 interface using the "Legacy 4K" feature, into Logic Pro X .
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you have an idea of what you want, try to convey that as specifically as possible!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing cello when I was 4. I can't even remember wanting to start, so I've been cello-ing for literally as long as I can remember haha. As far as professional session work in studios, I started in 2014.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: One of my dream artists to work with is Daughter. I constantly come back to their music year-round because it's the most beautifully sad music ever and I love it. Perhaps on the opposite end of the spectrum, I would die to play on a Tesseract record haha.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen back through every detail. With cello being such a nuanced instrument, everything really needs to sound seamless. This means making sure the bowings, intonation, vibrato, and dynamics are consistent across every take.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Sight-reading has always been a strong suit of mine, so I'm able to record already notated parts fast!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'll listen to the song a couple times through to get the general vibe, keeping in mind possible moments for me to create or add to, and writing down the chord structure as I go. Often I will notate parts before recording so it speeds up the tracking process. From there it's just a matter of trucking along until myself and the artist are happy! Depending on the feel of the project, I may record multiple layers per parts (usually three: L, C, R) or strip it down to a single layer for more intimacy.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: About half of my work involves receiving tracks, creating my own cello parts, recording them at home, often with multiple layers and voices, and editing all my takes to make the engineer's job as easy as possible. The other half is me going into a studio session to either site-read sheet music, play what a producer has in their head, or improvise.