Location: Brentwood, Tennessee U.S.A.
Member since: July 1, 2013
Tracks in portfolio on MusicRevolution.com: 47 (click here to hear all tracks) http://www.musicrevolution.com/search?artist=53138
–High profile projects or clients you have worked for?
I’ve done a lot of different things in the business, from assisting on a Wynonna Judd record, to playing keyboards on the road with Steve Holy and Blaine Larsen. I’ve also done drum and keyboard programming work on the Grammy Award Winning children’s record “Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers”. It was a song that featured the late Donna Summer on vocals. That was pretty cool.
–Primary instrument? Favorite music-making piece of gear or software you currently use?
I’m mainly a keyboard player, using tons of plugs. I love Omnisphere as well as Kontakt’s “Giant” piano, as well as the LASS strings. I’ve picked up playing bass over the past couple of years, and play about the heaviest jazz bass I’ve ever known (loaned to me by a friend).
–Piece of gear or software you wish you owned?
ELAM 251. And someday, I’ll get a P-bass.
--Film score or song you admire? Why?
There’s a song demo I heard a few years back (passed onto me by a great session vocalist) by a well-known songwriter by the name of Hugh Prestwood. Never made it onto an album, but every now and then I listen to it and think “that’s from a different planet”! It’s called “Agave Blue”. Groove, lyric, melody. Everything is just seamless.
–Music education background?
I got a music engineering degree (bachelors in music, minor in electrical engineering) from the University of Miami in Florida.
–Memorable “Aha!” moment during your musical education?
I had an electronic music class where we had to orchestrate a classical work using some obsolete programming software, and I stayed up all through the night perfecting it; I completely lost track of time, and had a blast doing it!
–Most embarrassing music-related moment?
Too many to count. Playing live still causes me stress, and just about always leads to an embarrassing moment.
–Moment you first knew you would be a musician?
I’m still hopeful.
–Advice you would give to a younger family member interested in a music career?
Learn the computer side of things and embrace it. Just like being able to engineer on any console (Neve, SSL, Trident, etc.) was critical to get work a few years ago, you’ve got to be able to handle the computer and engineering side of things if you want to have enough ways to generate revenue. And if there’s ANYTHING ELSE you can imagine doing for work that you like more, DO THAT!
–Five songs or albums you’d take with you to a desert island?
I know I’d need at least one Oscar Peterson record. Beyond that, would be too hard to pick!
–If you could master another instrument, what would it be?
–Any studio collaboration you experienced that stands out in your mind?
I actually got to write a song with Gloria Gaynor a few years ago. It never went anywhere, but the whole time I was writing with her I was thinking “I Will Survive” over and over again in my head! And the funniest thing was, she didn’t want to sing the demo! I ended up hiring a male vocalist to sing.
–Some of your favorite tracks that you would want us to feature in the blog.
This is tricky, I’ve got songs I like but I will also share some tracks of mine that are popular with customers. Here you go–
“Retro Organ Groove” http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=59530 –just as a fun song
“Maximum Progress” http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=58939
“Inspiring Orchestral Pop Anthem” http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=48970
“Fun Whistling Ukulele” http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=59533
“Time to Reflect” http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=45480
“Tender Sweet Piano String Song” http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=48968
“Reach the Top” http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=45378
We thank Jason Garner of run.fire.stop for sharing some of his musical background with us and for contributing tracks to MusicRevolution.com, the Royalty-Free Music Marketplace. If you need modern, electronic, inspiring music, check out run.fire.stop’s music on MusicRevolution.com.
Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 35,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990′s.