I'm Riki Buckingham Visionary, Soulful, Conscious singer/songwriter/musician from England I have been recording and working with music for the last 22 years, after around 15 self-released albums, enjoyed many gigs around south England. Am happy to offer my voice and guitar here :)
I can sing lead vocals, harmonies, record guitar parts and bass guitar to pretty much any style of music but any music with energy and soul in is the best thing to get me to sing to!
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Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: There are a few songs by Mike Puskas that I recorded vocals on who is a prolific songwriter and musician who worked with some big artists in America but he soon quit the music industry to follow his own path.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A trilogy of my own music albums all recorded over lockdown, the first one is out now. I recorded and worked on all parts, Drums, Bass, Guitar, Lead, Vocals, Mixing, Mastering etc..
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Im happy to help with any projects, you don't need to have a clear vision in mind as I can intuitively work with the music at hand and listen to your feedback but if you do have a clear image of what you want I can quickly let you know if its something I can work with.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Would I have electricity on a desert island ? haha well If I had solar power then possibly a portable recorder! but hey being alive in such a lovely location would we even want to record ? Seriously though I loved the Prism Sound Titan audio interface and will be buying another one one day. I would basically bring my guitar and some other instruments :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since 16 years old, played in a few bands never achieved big success I think mainly due to anxiety and trauma in my early life, it took till 35 years old to gain the courage to really step out and now at 40 here we are!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Funky, soulful, authentic, vibrant, passionate, spiritual, meaningful, alive, full of spirit, firey, fun.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Rising Appalachia, they are like soul sisters to me Carlos Santana, I would love to get a chance to jam and have a deep conversation then create a song together Matt Johnson from The The
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listening to music on as many devices as possible and from different moods we are in change how we perceive the music!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Soul, Funk, Blues, Rock and Vintage sounds, I have worked on electronic and dance in the past and I am now very excited to open to all forms of electronic and dance music as I can do killer vocals on those songs! Think .. Miloko, Basement Jaxx kind of sound with Jamiroquai singing ;)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Magic, Authentic Energy, Excitement, Emotion
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record using 1: U47 Valve Mic (NLP Audio) Bulgarian highest quality manufacturing and components close copy of a Neumann U47 2: Professional large-diaphragm valve microphone featuring a Thiersche Blue Line capsule (the best copy of the classic Neumann U47) connected to a Yamaha Mixing/Recording desk. I can also make complicated edits on the computer. 3: Prism Sound Titan audio interface (I now use a Yamaha AW2400)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Iv'e really been inspired lately by the wave of more conscious and spiritual music coming out, people like Paul Izak, Aya Schafer, Rising Appalachia, Sam Garret, River Roots who use music as a tool to convey a deeper message to the people and inspire them to create positive change
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work with people looking for a singer, guitarist or some editing on pre-existing songs, I can come up with lyrics for a song or I can sing/play in a very organic and improvised manner which often leads to a really authentic recording. I can give advice on the mix of production and give creative input to the whole process.