Actual conversation I had with a client:
Customer: I need brass on this song
Me: Okay I don’t play that, but I do know someone if you want to hire them –
Customer: No, I want you to do it.
Me: ….I don’t know how though. I could play it on a synth, but it won’t sound authentic –
Customer: No I want you to sing it. Sing the brass.
Customer: Like in that style. Sing it like with brass.
Me: …do you mean, like, “brassy?” Like a style?
So…this is why I included the term Brass in my book. Brass is a type of instrument (trumpets, trombones, etc). Brassy is a style of singing (think of Broadway showgirls or something). I don’t know that this is a common area of confusion, but since it happened to me I thought it might be important to include.
Okay, so now I know Brass. I want actual Brass. How do I get it?
In my opinion, the best way to get great sounding brass on your track is to hire someone to play it. I’ve never heard a good synth brass that sounded real. If it’s that important to you and you want it to sound good, find a session brass player and hire them.
Where do I find one?
Through your producer, or through a freelance session player. Check on social media or find someone with an awesome website!
I actually want a Broadway-style singer, but now I don’t know how to ask 🙁
When asking for any type of style from a session musician, I would advise that you describe it with more than one word. “Brassy” could mean different things to different people, but if you say something like, “Sing it like a Broadway star whose director/husband cheated on her with the understudy,” that gives me a LOT more to work with. Now I know to go into it with a lot of drama and attitude. Think a bit about it and decide how you want your singer to sound, then describe that person or style to me in as detailed a manner as possible. You’ll get the best result and you’ll get it a lot faster!
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