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String Players Required - Must be Travelling Distance to West Yorkshire

String Players Required - Must be Travelling Distance to West Yorkshire

Huddersfield, UK. Apply from all UK.
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*Application only accepted from those who have read the details thoroughly. The sessions are in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and I do not provide expenses so please, only apply if you're relatively local.

Hello, my name is Olivia Hyde and, having a had a decade long musical career in an alternative rock band, I am about to record my first EP as a solo artist. My sound has been described as dark, emotive art pop which I think is pretty apt. I’ve been compared to Kate Bush, Agnes Obel and Amy Lee but my personal influences extend to Trent Reznor, Steven Wilson, Boubil and Schoenberg and, piano being my main instrument, Chopin, Satie and Beethoven. Links to the demo arrangements will be provided to those who apply. The album “Tales From The Northern Quarter” is all about death and rebirth.

I am looking for string players in order to:

Help me 100% finish the arrangements. As I don’t play a stringed instrument I’ve had to rely on consultations with those who do so I’m open to ideas the right people may have for potential improvements. And Logic midi strings just plain suck don’t they?
Record the string parts to the songs.
Be an optional part of my show when I begin to tour (this one is optional for you too though if you’re more of a studio player).

There are orchestral elements to the songs as well as pop, rock and even the classical end of musical theatre influences too so the ideal candidates will be open to playing these genres. I’m not looking for music snobs who cringe at the idea of playing pop or those who think orchestral music is just for old people. I always want my projects to be fun and rewarding for everyone involved and it’s important to me that everyone has a friendly, open and creative energy so that, no matter what, everyone has a great time.

Now for the bad news. This opportunity is not suitable for professional session musicians as I simply cannot afford your rates and won’t insult you by asking. I am 100% self funded and, like everyone else right now, have very little money coming in due to Covid. For preproduction you will be paid £60 for a 6 hour day for 2/3 days and recording rates will be agreed separately. However, once I begin to tour, you can name your own nightly rate as all bookers will be given the option to have string players with me and (provided you’ve been great to work with of course) you will have first refusal.

Therefore I am hoping that there are people out there who are keen for, perhaps, their first professional opportunity and willing to take the chance that their initial investment will pay off once live music begins to pick up again. Of course if you are an awesome session player and want to apply you would be very welcome- maybe you’re so bored sat at home that you’d like the chance to contribute creatively to my project and think a few hundred quid is better than a kick in teeth? As I already mentioned, you’d have first refusal of future paid work and would be able to name your own rate.

Ideally I’d want to start preproduction in a couple of weeks so please let me know your availability. My home studio is in Golcar, Huddersfield. I do not provide expenses so the more local you are the better.

Yours sincerely, Olivia Hyde

Applications from those who clearly haven’t read the advert will be unceremoniously ignored. I’ve taken the time to describe the role so as not to waste your time. Please read it so that you pay me the same courtesy.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Within the next 4 weeks but the dates themselves are reasonably flexible

Job payment

£60 per day - £60 for a 6 hour day with a break for lunch; recording fees agreed separately; you can name your own rate for live performances

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