In tandem with presenting Zulya’s album at this year’s Tat Cult Fest in Kazan, I was asked to do a presentation on my productional approach in the prestigious new studio ‘Audio Kazan’. There were some 15 musicians and producers who with big smiles listened to me and my translator explain how I create beats with kitchen materials and such things. I hope it inspired some of them into creating their own sounds rather than relying on ready samples.
PINDOS MUSIC**** specialises in creating / producing atmospheric music, with acoustic sounds and world music influences.
–Recording Guitarparts on existing songs with a selection of special guitars and in many styles*
–Arranging, producing and spicing up existing songs
-Creating remixes using some unique instruments including Claude Viol, Bike Tyre Bass, Musical Saw etc..
–Composing and producing soundtracks for film or documentary
–Location** recording with hi-end microphones and preamps
–Mixing and mastering*** of existing recordings, using a setup of hi-end analogue equipment
*Styles include Tango, Musette, Balkan, Country, Swing, Blues, Brazilian, Greek, Jazz, and the average pop strumming and shredding.
Instruments include a National Resophonics ‘El Trovador’, Kim Lissarague baritone guitar, Luca Waldner Torres style Spanish guitar, a Vintage ‘Bruno’ parlour steelstring, a small handmade Syrian Ud, a fine Greek Laouto, and a number of unique self-made string instruments with crooked sounds.
**looking for a location? we know several great locations throughout Europe. More soon on one of our favourite locations in the Greek Mountains!
***mastering is done by an associate specialised mastering engineer
****Pindos Music is the brand name of recording artist Michiel Hollanders (NL/FR/GR)
*****Since it gets tricky to count the asterisks, it is fortunate that we have run out of footnotes on this page
This year’s Tat Kult Fest in Tatarstan invited Zulya Kamalova to come and present her album Six Days Loving as one of the headlining acts. She asked me to join on my ClaudeViol and two other great musicians, Gennady Lavrentiev on Guitar and Violin, and Marat Taturas on Synths. Poet Yolduz Minnulina joined us on two songs on the stage and delivered some poetry over the music. We had about 4 days to prepare while staying in Kazan, rehearsed every day, and had a great time. Most likely not the last time we worked together with this group of people. The audience loved it, the place (inside the Kazan Kremlin, see the Mosque in the background) was packed while we played, much less so before and after even though there were good bands playing. Clearly Zulya still pulls a crowd.
Snowapple has been doing lots of live shows in Europe and Mexico, and their upcoming tour in Oktober will be together with a Mexican Brass band who play Balkan music! Well that’s right up my alley .. So Laurien asked me to make some arrangements slightly balkan style for the brass section, for a few pieces. Amoung them is a sparse arrangment for the song La Llorona which was also the song in the animation that recently won the Mexican Animation Competition. I’m looking forward to hear how the band will sound with these brass fellows!
Listen here to a selection of tracks which I have worked on either as a musician, engineer, arranger, composer, co-producer or a combination. Clicking on the words ‘view track’ next to each track, will take you to SoundCloud where you can read more info about the track, and follow links to the websites of the artists.