I have a unique feel and sound which makes music radiate into the soul.
I play piano and keys for your track, anything from gospel to blues to Indie. I compose and am great at improvisation, if that's what your track calls for. I also compose original background scores for your project as well.
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Jes Smith is a very talented and professional musician and you won't be disappointed to work with him.
He can play piano in different stiles, and also mix it with other instruments to produce soundtracks. He transmits emotions through the rhythms he plays. He's a very nice person to work with and very punctual, with an incredible sense of pitch and can also compose unique and professional tracks.
Interview with Jes Smith
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I generally ask for stem tracks, (I.E. Vocals, drums, etc) first. That way, I can get a feel for the song I will be working with. From there, I load it and then play along until I think what I'm playing sounds right.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: James Last, Eminem, David Nevue, Randy Travis, the Chain Smokers, Brad Paisley, and Alan JAckson are just a few musicians who inspire me.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One project I worked on is called Insomnia. I like it because it pulls the listener into the music.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I record in digital. I prefer digital because I don't have to worry about pops and clicks using analog gear.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Your track will sound as finely tuned as you need me to make it. Whether a little piano, or a lot, I will make your track shine.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like that I get to work with a wide range of people, and get different perspectives.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Customers ask me what style I specialize in, and if I can play piano for their track. MY answer is that I am as versital as they need me to be, and can play just about any style of piano, from full on solo bridges to very restrained and gentle improvisation.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about what I do is that recording In The Box is not actual recording, and that recording using midi is not actually playing the instrument live.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you use dropbox? Can you give me a link to your complete track so I can add my touch? Can you give me a click track?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to your compositions, and think of how a pianist could complete them and make them come to life for you.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A solar laptop with my daw on it so I can record new ideas, a 61-key synthesizer, plenty of sun screen and bottled water, plenty of survival rations.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing keyboards when I was 2.5 years old, and have been playing for over twenty years. I have played everything from concert and symphonic bands to weddings and receptions to church worship teams.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to a piece with your ears, and do not second guess what your ears tell you.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Country, Gospel, and New Age.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: MY strongest skill is composing my own scores for others, and playing piano or other virtual instruments to other's pieces. I play strictly by ear, and can hear a song and be able to grasp it before the end of the first verse.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: From my clients, I bring finishing touches to a song. Clients have told me that just from my piano work on a song, the song is complete.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is very much in the box. I have everything from a custom-built music PC to a Motif XS8 work station, along with virtual instruments including Native Instruments Complete 10 ultimate.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do compositions and piano work, along with synth scoring.