I'm here to add some secret sauce to your tracks! I'm a multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer & singer who's played with many trailblazers, inc. Lou Reed, Frank Zappa, Jaco Pastorius, Bono, Ric Ocasek, Chambers Brothers, Derek Trucks & many more as well as mucho Film/TV scoring experience. I'll help you lift your song to the next level.
I'm a widely experienced, longtime multi-instrumentalist, performer, singer, producer, arranger, songwriter and Film/TV scorer. I'd like to work with you on your songs/tracks to add some sparkle and focus to the productions. I'm primarily interested in recording flute, guitars, bass and keyboards, in any combination, for SoundBetter clients. I will consider scoring, production and songwriting projects as well.
I've recorded and performed in different capacities with an enormous variety of musicians in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan and India, including Lou Reed, Jaco Pastorius, Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Aaron Neville, the Chambers Brothers, Ric Ocasek, Karla Bonoff, Richie Havens, Greg Hawkes, Tony Levin, Julian Lennon, Jerry Marotta, Rufus Wainwright, Jean-Luc Ponty, Dave Grohl, Daniel Lanois, David Sancious, Ben Orr, Donovan, Nick Mason, Paul Allen, Axl Rose, Freebo, Alice Howe, Derek Trucks, Amanda Blue, Nickodemus, Pino Palladino & Jeremy Sole.
I have a knack for getting right to the heart of any song and maximizing it, adding hooks & dimension. I'd be happy to add those qualities to your project!
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7 ReviewsEndorse Fuzzbee Morse
I had the pleasure of working on a few projects with Fuzzbee. He has always been very creative, hard working, and fun to be around. Always a positive note comes from him. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for wonderful musical ideas in nearly any genre of music, Fuzzbee knows a ton!
Fuzzbee is incredible. Not only does he deliver my tracks in a prompt manner, but they are so tasteful and hooky- just what I wanted for my pop rock song. He really helped bring my song to life and it feels suddenly radio-ready. I would hire Fuzzbee again in a heartbeat. It's an absolute breeze working with him!
As the musical director for a busy video production company that was based in Los Angeles, I hired Fuzzbee Morse for a multitude of sessions. His multi-instrumentalist talents are astounding. He certainly does have the knack for getting right to the heart and soul of any style and genre of music and bring it home. The list of musicians he's worked with speaks volumes. I'm now based in Australia and with Fuzzbee's professional technological digital audio workstation recording expertise I continue working with him via the long distance option.
When it comes to guitars (acoustic and electric) bass, flute, and production Fuzzbee has been my go to guy for many years. He is part of my A team. Whenever a project needs an upgrade from "demo" to "prime time" ready I turn to him. He always raises the bar to a higher level and delivers a superior product. One of the most gifted musicians I've had the honor to know and work with.
Fuzzbee Morse is one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists I have ever worked with. In the studio, he’s a dream team player. I now live in Australia, so we often work long distance via file sharing, and he never fails to deliver. He has played acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards, bass and flute on my songs and instrumental pieces. He is a master player on all of the above.
Below is the link to my YouTube, where he plays on the following songs: Find the Endless Love, Caught in the Magic and Oasis. We have worked on many other commercial productions. https://www.youtube.com/user/kimoleary
Ive hired Fuzzbee many times over the 10 years Ive produced records in LA. Hes an absolute MVP on guitars and flute. Creative player with great tone and attitude!
Fuzzbee helped me put together a band with some of the best players in LA. He is devoted to his music, deep and soulful in his playing and draws from a large bank of styles and influences. He also knows absolutely everybody! You can’t go wrong if you’re a serious musician… o and he’ll make you laugh a lot too xxx Amanda Blue Leigh
Interview with Fuzzbee Morse
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My album, Dreams and Other Living Things, which I just signed a contract to be released, was an extremely fulfilling project. I produced, arranged and wrote all the songs on it, except two Hendrix songs. I sang and played guitars and keyboards in conjunction with a dream band: Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta and David Sancious. Other great people took part in the background vocals, engineering, mixing & mastering. It felt like the musical summation of everything I've done up to that point. Ready to make another one!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have 3 releases coming out this year. One is the album I mentioned. The band on that was Tony Levin on bass, Jerry Marotta on drums, David Sancious on keyboards and me on vocals, guitar and keyboards. I also have a European label releasing 2 of my movie soundtracks on vinyl and CD.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Each have their own pros and cons. Given an ideal circumstance, I'd record drums and bass on analog tape, then transfer it to a high end digital system, where parts can be moved & manipulated. I generally don't go for music that's too overly quantized & grid-like, as it loses its humanity. Unless, of course, it's Devo or certain kinds of Electronica. I'm a big fan of human feel, from those that have it!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to listen closely to what you'd like to achieve and use all of my skills to help you get there.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The rapturous feeling when every element, sonically & musically, comes together just right.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q. When can I hire you again? A. I'll carve out a time and make it happen! Q. What was Frank Zappa like? A. Brilliant, and very kind to me, even when I was just a kid. Q. Do you want to play anything else on this? A. Sure, what do you hear?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That someone can be really strong on only one instrument.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are the bit depth, frequency and tempo of your song? Are there any players you'd most like this to capture the flavor of? Do you know where in the song you want my parts to occur? Are there any songs/pieces you'd like me to listen to to get the flavor of what you're after?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone who really gets what you want to achieve and has the skills & musical empathy to deliver it.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A guitar, a keyboard, a laptop with Pro Tools & everything on it, a UAD interface and a flute.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: It was obvious since I was very little that I was gonna be a musician. I started playing guitar at about 7, piano at about 10, bass at 12 and flute at 14. I had bands since I was 10. Living in Rome, I started jamming with Jean-Luc Ponty when I was 14 and upon arriving back in the US at 16, I jammed with Frank Zappa, who I'd known since I was 13. Not long after, I was in a band with Ric Ocasek, Ben Orr and Greg Hawkes, later to become The Cars. I've been playing, performing & producing ever since. In 1986, I was Lou Reed's guitarist and then moved to Los Angeles, where I got my first film scoring job 2 weeks after arriving. I scored a bunch of feature films, along with some TV series and lots of commercials. In recent years I've been performing regularly in LA, playing on all kinds of sessions and releasing my own music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: It has its roots in Rock 'n' Roll but comfortably extends outward to many other genres.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Paul McCartney. He's one of the greatest songwriters ever, his stuff is thrilling and he treats his band members beautifully.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Leave space in your arrangements and don't have too many instruments & voices occupying the same frequency range. Oh, and make sure the bass & drums sound fantastic.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer/songwriter, Rock, Funk, Soul, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, film score, Electronic and World.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Finding hooks and connective tissue that increase a song's impact and catchiness.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A lifetime of experience, both as a player and a composer. I've been fully immersed in a wide range of music since I was a kid, and started playing professionally at 14. I've learned from the many great artists I've been lucky to play with, as well as the countless influences I've listened to and absorbed. Every bit of that experience, knowledge and living goes into whatever I play now.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I confer with the client, getting a good feel for what they're looking for and then deliver it, by any means necessary ;)
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a fully loaded Pro Tools setup on Mac, with the UAD Apollo system as my interface. Outboard gear is both in and out of the box, including Lexicon, Neve, Joe Meek, FabFilter, Empirical Labs, Studer, Ocean Way & SSL. I have an enormous collection of custom samples of all kinds that I've collected for several decades, along with great virtual instruments, such as Omnisphere, Keyscape, Trillian, Falcon, BFD3 and orchestral libraries from East-West, Miroslav Vitous & others. I have a large collection of guitars of all sorts, other stringed instruments, flutes, alto flute, Brazilian, Indian and African indigenous woodwinds, basses and amps, including an early Matchless and a Magnatone Twilighter.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I have many musical & production inspirations, both living and dead, many of whom I've been fortunate to know. Among them are Peter Gabriel, Frank Zappa, Daniel Lanois, George Martin, Bob Clearmountain, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Thom Bell, Tom Dowd, Ray Charles, D'Angelo, Snarky Puppy, Jaco, John Coltrane, Derek Trucks, the Stones and Sly Stone.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: There's quite a range of work I do for my clients, anything from a single instrument on their song to full-on arranging and production of the entire piece. Most commonly, I'll play 1 or 2 instruments, remotely from my studio.