SESSION MUSICIAN

James runs a busy schedule of recording sessions, and is occasionally available to hire as a session musician. With a wealth of experience playing and improvising over a myriad of musical genres, you can rest assured that James’ tracks will have you covered.

Sessions are available in the Wagga region at the standard rate, but can also be booked in Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra with extra travel allowances charged. Alternatively, James can record in his own studio and deliver the stems in your preferred format via google drive.

Some examples of James’ work as a session keyboardist can be heard below in recording samples from Joe Conroy, Josh McKellar, Cherie Medway and Daniel Tooze.

Note: All the following piano/rhodes/organ/synth/string parts are played by James Baker

RECORDING SESSION RATES

General Studio Rate:

$100 p/hr (minimum 3 hr call)

Travel Fees:

$50 p/100kms + accommodation costs

PIANO/VOCAL SHEET MUSIC

Need sheet music for an audition or performance, but can’t find it online or in stores? James can provide professionally charted piano/vocal sheet music based on audio recordings.

As an experienced accompanist, he ensures that all scores are clean and concise with correct chord symbols for ease of sight reading.

How It Works

  • Send a youtube link or mp3 via email, I will then respond with a quote and estimated time of delivery (typically within 7 days)
  • On approval of the quote, 50% of the total amount is billed as a deposit . Work starts once the deposit has been received.
  • On completion a screenshot of the finished score is provided, and the remainder of the bill is invoiced. A high quality .pdf file is provided upon receipt of payment. A single round of revision is included in every project, further revisions may be billed.

PRICING

Score set up fee:

$60

Cost per minute:

$80 p/min

Discounts may apply for charts with heavy repeats

For example, “Soaked” by Adam Lambert was charged at $350, made up of an $60 score set up fee, and 4.5 minutes x $80, minus $70 for repetitions

BIG BAND/ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENTS

Big Band and Orchestral Arrangements are available upon request.

Due to the unpredictable nature of each piece of music, and the scale of arrangement, you will need to get in contact for a quote. However, as a general guide, there is a $100 score set up fee, plus an average of $160 p/min. Cost’s may be slightly higher or lower depending on the source recording and arrangement requirements.

CUSTOM BACKING TRACKS

James Baker Music runs the latest version of Logic Pro X, and the Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate sample library, along with some unique samples sounds from a wide range of companies, and range of hardware synths. By running industry standard equipment, James is able to create high quality backing tracks for whatever your needs may be.

Due to the amount of work involved in each individual backing track, costs will vary depending on your needs. A rough guide of pricing is available below, but an actual quote will be delivered upon receiving the original recordings.

PRICING

All of the below pricing is based on a basic pop/rock song with no tempo changes, under 4 minutes in length. For a quote please get in contact via email at james@jamesbakermusic.com

PIANO ONLY:

$60

RHYTHM SECTION

2 x Keyboards, Bass & Drums

$120

ADDITIONAL RHYTHM/PAD INSTRUMENTS

Guitar, Organ, Synth Pads

$40 per instrument

ADDITIONAL LEAD OR SOLO INSTRUMENTS 

$60 per instrument

ORCHESTRAL/BIG BAND/SYMPHONIC PARTS

Please get in contact for a quote

 

For songs over 4 minutes in length, or any musical theatre/big band/orchestral recording, please get in touch to obtain a quote as each recording will vary greatly in the work required to produce a finished track.

 

Example recordings of backing tracks can be found below

EXAMPLE RECORDINGS

ORIGINAL MUSIC

James has a rich history in composing for cabaret, theatre, film and TV.

James’ has composed for Backwards Anorak “A Hip Hikers Guide To The Galaxy” & “Winter is Coming”, as well as Vincent Milesi’s “Let Dinky Die.” James is currently focusing on composing film score music for “Come Out Country With Vince”, produced by “My Ugly Brother”

Some examples of James’ composition work can be found below

FILM/TV/GAME COMPOSITIONS

James’ has a collection of ready made commercial music available at pond5.com

If you are after exclusive original music, please get in contact via email at james@jamesbakermusic.com to discuss commissioning his work for your project

EXAMPLE COMPOSITIONS

LIVE ACCOMPANIST

James has a wealth of experience as a contemporary accompanist, having played for students and choirs in AMEB exams, eisteddfod’s, auditions and HSC performances.

 

Accompanying a singer is a specialist skill – an accompanist must not only follow the written music, but needs to pay close attention to the singer in order to accomodate any unexpected changes. A good accompanist can follow a singer when they’ve dropped a line from a verse, added a line into a chorus, or even skipped an entire section of music.

RATES

$80 per hour

Discounts apply for ongoing contracts