SESSION MUSICIAN

James is available to hire as a session player, either in his own studio via distance, or in local studios in the Wagga region.

James’ playing covers a wide range of styles, and caters to all keyboard parts, not just piano.

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 piano/rhodes/organ/synth/string parts are played by James Baker.

RECORDING SESSION RATES

$100 per hour

Minimum 3 hour call out ($300)

PIANO/VOCAL CHARTS (PUBLICATION STYLE)

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

As a working professional accompanist, he ensures that all scores are clean and concise with correct chord progressions 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
  • On approval of the quote, I bill half of the total amount as a deposit. Work starts as soon as the deposit has been received.
  • On completion I provide a screenshot of the finished score, and invoice the remainder of the bill, delivering a high quality .pdf score on receipt. A single round of revision is included in every project, further revisions may be billed.

PRICING

Score set up fee: $80 AUD
Cost per minute: $80 AUD

For example, “Soaked” by Adam Lambert was charged at $440, made up of an $80 score set up fee, and 4.5 minutes x $80

 

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’ studio 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, as well as a 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, and 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

$100

ADDITIONAL RHYTHM/PAD INSTRUMENTS

Guitar, Organ, Synth Pads

$40 per instrument

ADDITIONAL LEAD OR SOLO INSTRUMENTS 

$60 per instrument

ORCHESTRAL/BIG BAND/SYMPHONIC PARTS

$150 per section

 

For songs over 4 minutes in length, or any musical theatre/obscure orchestrated recordings, 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

COMPOSITION

James has a rich history in composing for cabaret and theatre, film, as well as commercial jingles.

James’ has composed for Backwards Anorak “A Hip Hikers Guide To The Galaxy” and “Winter is Coming”, as well as Vince Milesi’s “Let Dinky Die”. James is currently focusing on composing music for “Come Out Country With Vince”.

Examples of James’ composition work can be found below

COMMERCIAL MUSIC

James’ ready made music and jingles can be found at pond5.com

Exclusive music/jingles can be composed to suit, with prices starting at $1500. Get in contact via email at james@jamesbakermusic.com for a quote.

EXAMPLE COMPOSITIONS