Musical Accompaniment for Solo Artists
One of the main music production services people come to Offbeat for is help with instrumentation and musical accompaniment on their songs/tracks. Solo artists (singers, songwriters and composers) can achieve a lot working on their software platforms using plug-ins and samples etc, but sometimes there is no substitute for real instruments, or combinations of programmed and real instruments.
Professional musical accompaniment can make all the difference between a good demo recording and a great music production. With a background as a session guitarist and arranger, Offbeat’s head producer Iain McKinna also play rhythm section parts – guitars, bass and drums and sometimes keyboards. Beyond this, where budget allows we also use expert session musicians on a huge range of instruments.
We are connected to a range of great session musicians too and can provide musical accompaniment in just about any style if the budget allows. Using file sharing technology it’s not always necessary for these musicians to be in the same location as our studio. For example in a production we created for Malaysian singer Khlylune, he was based in Kuala Lumpar, the lyricist was based in L.A. We pulled in guitarist Keith More who has his own studio in London. We put together the production in our Edinburgh studio and once the template for the recording was created we invited files to be sent from these locations and successfully created a track which has achieved over 150,000 hits on youtube. Find out more about working remotely with Offbeat.
Artists are sometimes concerned that they may not want us, or studio musicians we work with, to influence their ideas. Being songwriters ourselves we fully understand and are sensitive to this and of course you may wish to provide your own musical accompaniment for your project.
However, if you’ve always wanted to know how your ideas can work with a full band sound then our musical accompaniment service is an extremely affordable way to find out. Our studio is set up for ease of recording and we can work quickly and efficiently on your ideas. We also suggest ways to improve the arrangements of the musical parts, but as always, our approach is collaborative. We are fully aware that the ownership of the songs are yours alone.
The alternative, finding musicians and rehearsing with them prior to coming into the studio, would be very time consuming and ultimately much more expensive.
Check out some of our music production and recording project examples to read about the tailored, individual approaches we take to musical accompaniment on our productions.