Freddie Banks

Session Keyboards & Production

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I'm a session keyboardist from Chicago, with 10+ years of playing for artists and producers worldwide for independent and commercial projects. My focus is rendering a performance that evokes the feeling, emotion, and energy of your song by means of quality recordings. The goal is to intentionally deliver music that conveys the artist's message.

Hi, I'm Freddie Banks. I've played piano, keys, and organ for various independent artists including SharmonJarmon, Stephanie Oguine, as well as major releases such as Worship at The Well Volume 1.

I've been working as a musician professionally for 10 years both live and in the studio. My musical roots are in Gospel, but I've also ventured into Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B, Rock, as well as Singer-Songwriter, most of which has been accomplished here in the remote virtual recording world.

My recordings are rendered through quality Apogee and Focusrite preamps paired with quality samples and instruments. My sound ranges from intimately calm, to soulfully dynamic, and I'm able to design and program unique synth patches as well. I'm able to receive and follow any charts you may have for your music as well, feel free to send them over with your project.

I'm looking forward to working with you. Click the "contact" button above to get started.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

82 Reviews - 10 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Demonte C.
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    Excellent musician that give professional and efficient service! He has a listening hear to what you like to produce and in the direction you like to go! Can’t wait to work with him again!

  2. Review by Camilleonaire D.
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    He was very professional. Understood the type of piano melody i needed for my song and delivered it perfectly. Went above and beyond and played two different types of pianos to give me different options. He truly has an ear for music and voices and can match keys perfectly. im greatly satisfied. i look forward to working with him again.

  3. Review by Jimi Andrews
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    Freddie is such a gem. He's helped me out countless times, on plenty of records.

    He is very professional, when it comes to his craft. Open minded, adaptable and communication is top-tier.

    One of those 'diamond in the rough' people.

  4. Review by Dontay M.
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    Freddie is professional and courteous. He completes my songs effortlessly! I can not get enough. I'm addicted! I keep coming back for more! Lol. Truly gifted in the music department. -Another Satisfied Customer!

  5. Review by Dontay M.
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    Musical Genius!!! Wow! I am amazed at how gifted this Brother is. He brought my song to life!!! So ready to work with him on so much more!!!

  6. Review by Tyler Davis
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    Freddie is a diamond in the rough, such a gem. Not only a talented musician/producer, but overall amazing human being. Very professional, quality is out of this world and overall patient...especially, when it comes to bringing out an idea from the ground up. He understands and respects the art, just as much if not more, as you would. You won't regret hiring this man for anything you need in your productions.

  7. Review by Demonte C.
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    Excellent fast service! Always does great work and bring music to life!

  8. Review by Samuel Hill
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    Freddie is a true professional! Talented musician and also conducts himself in a courteous manner. Very pleased with the results.

  9. Review by Jeremiah B.
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    Great working with Freddie! Quality delivered timely - was flexible and easy to work with!

  10. Review by Rafael R.
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    Freddie is an outstanding musician and very easy to work with. He completed a special, out of the ordinary, project where he was asked to copy a complicated piano arrangement in order for me to have a midi version of the performance and Freddie came through with an excellent track. I look forward to using Freddie again.

  11. Review by Jason Meekins
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    Freddie is a gifted musician! He played exactly what my song needed and delivered when he said he would. I enjoyed working with him and I’ll definitely hire him again soon.

  12. Review by Jari S.
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    What a great experience it was working with Freddie! He delivered some amazing, soulful playing that fit my song perfectly. No revisions needed! He’s very responsive and excellent at communication, a true pro and a super nice guy. Highly recommended, I will definitely work with Freddie again!

  13. Review by Christy D.
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    Very professional and talented producer! Freddie was extremely fast with his response and he delivered the sound exactly how I envisioned. I am more than pleased with the service I received. I will be using Freddie again soon and would highly recommend him to anyone.

  14. Review by Gaddiel l.
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    Would definitely recommend Freddie Banks.

  15. Review by Tony T.
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    Working with Freddie has been a joy!
    Freddie is:
    Professional
    Time Efficient
    Responsive
    Sensitive
    Smart
    Creative
    You wont be dissapointed!

  16. Review by Jeremiah B.
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    Freddie was flexible and completed my job expediently. Great to work with and delivered the ask!

  17. Review by Demonte C.
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    Awesome Service. Had an ear for excellence and bring out what your trying to do musically .

  18. Review by She W.
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    Skillful piano composer of original music based on the melody of the song. I'm impressed. Awesome job.

  19. Review by adam
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    Great working with Freddie. Great keys player that gave me more. than what I asked for. 5 stars!

  20. Review by Demonte C.
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    Excellent and fast working musician! Always deliver great sounds to bring the music to life!

  21. Review by Megan W.
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    Freddie did an absolute AMAZING job on a piano cover request for my wedding - going in I assumed there would be at least one revision involved and a good amount of time to receive the first pass.. none of which happened. Freddie responded to my inquiry within a matter of a couple hours and absolutely nailed it on the first attempt. I cannot thank him enough and can't wait to hear everything come to fruition on our wedding day, thanks again!

  22. Review by Dan R.
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    Freddie was easy to work with, very accommodating and understanding of my project. He did a great job and helped improve my vision of the song. I look forward to working with him again on future projects.

  23. Review by Joseph W.
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    I needed Freddie to lay down a chord progression for a beat of mine.
    He turned the work in very quickly and I couldn't have asked for a better progression. Freddie is diligent and very professional. I will 100% work with Freddie again.

  24. Review by Freddy S.
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    Freddie is a talented musician. I appreciate and enjoyed working with him. He was kind, courteous, and professional. Thanks Freddie

  25. Review by Steve
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    So glad I got came across Freddie on here. He delivered an awesome piano arrangement for a cover song I’m working on. Highly recommended

  26. Review by George
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    I love freddie's hammond organ skills. So ridiculously great and professional!!

  27. Review by Demonte C.
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    Freddie always know how to listen and bring the life out in a song! He has put in great things with my music and I can’t wait to keep working with him in the future

  28. Review by Niels S
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    Freddie is an amazing keyboard player and super fast! Very friendly and professional. Definitely recommended!

  29. Review by Tyler Davis
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    2nd time working with Freddie, and he is a hidden gem!
    His commitment, determination and patience to getting a record right, is just unmatched.

    Very professional, outstanding quality of work and service. And overall, an amazing individual.

    Looking forward to continuing on collaborating with him.

    You won't regret hiring Freddie.

  30. Review by Stephanie Oguine
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    In addition to a wealth of musical talent and skill, Freddie displays a ton of commitment and humility. I hired him for a project where he continually stepped up to the challenge, leading to a big success. I'm grateful to have found him and that I got to work with him! Thank you Freddie!

  31. Review by Willie W.
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    Nice keys to round out my project, excellent turnaround time!

  32. Review by Daniel A.
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    Freddie is professional, fast, communicative, and kind. Amazing musician and highly recommend working with him!

  33. Review by BYRON M.
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    Freddie is not Fred Flintstone. He's one of the finest pianist and easy to work with, Excellent job!

  34. Review by Daniel A.
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    Freddie is an amazing musician and great collaborator. Really enjoyed working with him and look forward to doing another track together soon!

  35. Review by Andrea T.
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    Great musician, great communication.
    Fast and concrete, he made organ and clavi parts for my song. Thank you Freddie!

  36. Review by Chris O.
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    Freddie was a great collaborator. Responsive, good listener, and a great player - delivered a high quality recording, exactly what was asked, with a fast turnaround.

  37. Review by Robert White
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    If you need good quality keyboard/organ work done i definitely recommend Freddie Banks for the job!

  38. Review by Henrik M.
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    Super good collaboration and communication with Freddie Banks. Fast delivery and just the spirit I wanted. Professional and skilled. I will definitely use Freddie for future projects.

  39. Review by Jacob V.
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    Freddie was very quick with his responses and he put serious time into the work I requested. The project I needed was for a piano, however he went above and beyond adding synths and perfecting the sound for me. I highly recommend Freddie

  40. Review by DNL
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    awesome talent here thanks

  41. Review by Justin N.
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    Freddie is a pure talent! He quickly delivered exactly what I was looking for, plus more! Couldn’t be more highly recommended!

  42. Review by Peter T.
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    One day delivery
    And quality 5 star work
    Within less then 24 hours

  43. Review by Serena
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    Freddie is an unbelievable talent! He did an unbelievable job with a quick turnaround. I can’t wait to work with him on future projects! 11 stars!

  44. Review by mark n.
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    Working with Freddie has been a pleasure and a honour with the easy approach and fast turn around I will be hiring again and so sound you.

  45. Review by Peter T.
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    Awesome work

  46. Review by Peter T.
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    Awesome work
    Awesome delivery

  47. Review by Nana J.
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    Great as always! Ever ready to accommodate my ideas and wishes!

  48. Review by George
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    Great working with Freddie once again!!!

  49. Review by Josh M.
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    Freddie is the man! Super easy to work with, and provided me three awesome takes to choose from. Quick turnaround, very professional - can't wait for the next one!

  50. Review by George
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    Awesome job again from a great talent!! Thanks freddie!

  51. Review by George
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    Wonderful job again from Freddie. Very talented and creative keyboardist!!!

  52. Review by George
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    Another great job by Freddie. He went the extra mile to make my song come to life!

  53. Review by Francisco C.
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    Freddie did a fantastic job. Song turned out great and just the way I had pictured it. Looking forward to working with him again when my next song is ready.

  54. Review by Glenn B.
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    Very impressed with Freddie's quality of work and production. Freddie is excellent in what he does and goes above and beyond by capturing your ideas in the best way possible. Great job Freddie.

  55. Review by Mark G.
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    Freddie is very personable and professional. His communication was outstanding and he was very accommodating during the process. He made the changes I requested swiftly and without hesitation. Love the layers and dynamics he added to the song! Definitely was a pleasure to work with him.

  56. Review by Nana J.
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    My guy! Always a pleasure!

  57. Review by George
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    Freddie is very talented! Comes up with great ideas. I've worked with him twice so far, and will definitely be working with him in the future.

  58. Review by George
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    Freddie did a superb job on my tracks. He gave them a polished, professional, and catchy sound to them. Did not take much time for him to get the keys laid down and transferred over to me. Thanks Freddie!! Will definitely work with you again!

  59. Review by Pako
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    nice to work with Freddie!

  60. Review by Demonte C.
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    Excellent Fantastic service from Freddie. He has a strong ear and willing heart to bring whatever your present to life and add the right flavor to make the sound last. He's awesome and have done great things to bring my music to life.

  61. Review by Nana J.
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    Top class and creative! Can capture your ideas and bring them to life

  62. Review by Terry P.
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    excellent jab as usual, thanks Freddie

  63. Review by Kendra V
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    Freddie is AWESOME! I highly recommend working with him, especially to those looking for an experienced piano player who can get things done quickly and efficiently!

  64. Review by Demonte C.
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    Freddie is just amazing! Just an awesome musician that have a great spirit and ear to bring your music to life! Doors are gonna open more for him

  65. Review by Terry P.
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    Freddie does excellent work, super fast turnaround! He will be in future projects of mine.

  66. Review by Oluwasegun A.
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    He is an amazing person, very easy to work with

  67. Review by Demonte C.
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    Just an amazing musician! Have a great ear and a heart to bring out the music beyond your expectations! I really enjoy his positive attitude and high musicianship to give the best and nothing less!

  68. Review by Mischelle F.
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    Freddie is detailed and precise. He is awesome to work with. A wonderful man of God!

  69. Review by Nana J.
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    Top guy! Always delivers and on time! Very proffesional experience.

  70. Review by Jerricoe J.
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    Hey you guys have to check Freddie out his flow is amazing and the amount of time he did my project in was great as well. I definitely will be working with him again in the future.

  71. Review by Nana J.
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    Freddie is so hard working and very creative with the tools at his disposal! I always enjoy working with him and growing ideas together! Very diligent and skilled producer!

  72. Review by Nana J.
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    My guy! Always a pleasure. Communicates well and ensures 100% satisfaction. Brings fresh ideas to the track and lifts it up a level every single time. Appreciate you brother!

  73. Review by Nana J.
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    My guy! Great guy, great touch and great work ethic! Go ahead and contact him now! He will add value to your project!

  74. Review by Tyler Davis
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    Freddie was absolutely great to work with. An avid listener, able to take collective criticism and articulate the musical ideas I had from start to finish. Super professional, superb quality and timely with his services.

    Will most likely be working with him again, soon.

    Thank you again, Freddie!

  75. Review by Nana J.
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    Working with Freddie was a fantastic experience. He was careful to accommodate all my ideas and wishes to the letter, ensuring that I was satisfied with each and every detail. He is a gifted pianist and producer. He will take your ideas and in tandem with you transform them to a masterpiece. I especially appreciated his timely communication and fast turnaround. Cant wait to start the next project.

  76. Review by Keith D.
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    I had a flawless experience with Freddie working to transcribe some piano I wanted, and he produced the MIDI file exactly to spec. Very fast, friendly, a very talented keyboardist, and he worked a couple of iterations to make sure I was happy with the result. Highly recommended!

  77. Review by Nicole L.
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    Freddie is great to work with! He is extremely professional and fast with delivering results. This is my first time on Soundbetter and I am so glad I selected such a great musician to work with. Thanks Freddie!

  78. Review by Aidee
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    I wish I could give him way more than 5 stars! Freddie is a musical miracle worker! He has a way of staying true to the specifications that reflect you as an artist WHILE giving you aspects you never knew you needed! This man is the absolute truth.

  79. Review by Jeremiah M.
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    Freddie is an amazing piano player and very reliable, always able to get the job done. His talent and ability is able help any and everyone no matter the genre or style. Get in contact with him for help in pushing the sound you are looking for, you won't regret it!!!

  80. Review by Jeremiah M.
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    Fredie is an amazing piano player and very reliable, always able to get the job done. His talent and ability is able help any and everyone no matter the genre or style. Get in contact with him for help in pushing the sound you are looking for, you won't regret it!!!

  81. Review by Stanley Rimpson Jr
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    I’ve worked with Freddie Banks, on several occasions. From my experience working with him, he has a grandiose of knowledge regarding his craft. He’s professional and puts his heart into every project.

    -Producer/Guitarist-

  82. Review by D. Jamel  Kimbrough
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    I’ve worked with Freddie numerous times and every time we work he is nothing short of professional. His talent is far beyond anything you could ever imagine. Call him! You definitely will not be disappointed!

    D. Jamel Kimbrough
    ~Grammy Nominated Music Producer/Engineer~

Interview with Freddie Banks

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Completing instrumentals and multitracks to further show my abilities and strengths while also learning my novices and weaknesses. Also, I want to begin composing/licensing for multimedia in the near future

  3. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  4. A: To serve as a creative asset in efforts to provide quality, meaningful, and memorable sound as a staple in the identity and presentation of music & multimedia worldwide.

  5. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  6. A: What's your overall goal with this production? What are we aiming to invoke from the listener? How can I serve you in your efforts to achieve this goal?

  7. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  8. A: It varies, gospel is my roots, but I'm also able to play pop, rock, r&b and jazz as well, and I'm an 'OK' sight-reader too so I'd like to think I'm pretty versatile. I refuse to box myself into one lane.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Keyboard chops, synthesis, sound design, and since I've started on SoundBetter, my ear for arranging has grown much stronger

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: I have a simple home set up with my MacBook Pro running Pro Tools 2020, Logic Pro X, my Roland Fantom, Roland Gaia SH-01, Roland Cloud VST's, and dozens of virtual instruments in my arsenal. But my new pride and joy is my Nord Electro 6D. Most of my piano tracks are recorded with it now, and it's a huge improvement to my quality of work.

  13. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  14. A: Jamel Kimbrough, Vaughan Phoenix, Jim Daneker, Ray Chew, Adam Blackstone, Daniel Weatherspoon, Robert "Sput" Searight, Aaron Lindsey, Chris Baker, Rodney East, Mike Patrick, James Poyser, Julian Pollack, Nicolas Semrad, Cory Henry, Shaun Martin, just to name a few.... 😉

  15. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  16. A: I was able to be apart of a recording project for my church in Chicago, where I played as one of the keyboardists and hammond organist. It was a memorable experience, being my first live recording. I'm believing it to be the first of may more to come

  17. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  18. A: Oh boy.... digital, because VST's have improved so greatly over the years, and it beats having to carry around heavy equipment and causing wear and tear on them, although they sound great in their on right. But at the same time, nothing beats the warmth of analog sound.

  19. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  20. A: A loaded question! But if I could bring Michael Jackson back to life, that'd be a dream come true. RIP King of Pop

  21. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  22. A: The fact that I can use my gifts and talents as a means to both serve someone on their project, as well as a means of provision for myself.

  23. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  24. A: Don't overlook those who don't have the experience or credentials as those at the top. We're all trying to work to get to the same level. Be willing to work with the underdogs.

  25. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  26. A: MacBook Pro, Roland A800 Controller, Roland JDXA, Sennheiser HD280 headphones, Large sausage pizza

  27. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  28. A: I have been working as a keyboardist since 16, and went to college to further my studies in music and audio production. the past 10 years has taught me quite a lot, and I'm grateful. It enables me to continue on and gain more traction in the music business.

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. A: Edgy yet calm, aggressive yet relaxed, versatile yet focused.

  31. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  32. A: Name your tracks! Save your engineer the headache!

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: Clarity by means of quality, well-thought, and precise music accompaniment, manifesting the goal and vision in the mind of the artist.

  35. Q: What's your typical work process?

  36. A: Generally, I'll hear the demo that's sent to me by the client to get an overall feel of what they're trying to accomplish. Next, I'll write out the chord progressions appropriate for the melody being sung, or what type of rhythm or syncopation comes to mind along with it. I'll then use various synth leads or pads to add more texture and feel to the song where necessary.

  37. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  38. A: Most of my work will consist of me accompanying the song by means of keyboards, piano and synths, all tailored to the feel of the song. I'm also able to assist in songwriting, and arranging as well.

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Gear Highlights
  • Nord Electro 6D
  • Roland Gaia SH-01
  • Avid Pro Tools 2020
  • Logic Pro X
  • Apogee Interface
  • UVI KeySuite
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