Rates

Ty Steele Music & Media, Live drum track on SoundBetter


gigs/performances

Generally, my rates are comparable to any other musician. I usually require $100/performance after travel and lodging expenses. Anything outside of a 30 mile radius I will ask you to cover my fuel expenses.

I have a 6×10 enclosed trailer to haul my equipment and a 4×4 truck. I am reliable, on time, not argumentative, and I take suggestions as positive feedback. You may speak with anyone I’ve worked with to know that I am a professional. You can visit my videos page to see samples of my live performances.
For longer stretches such as tours or being gone several weeks at a time … remember that most musicians are also instructors full-time. Therefore, I will need to work with you for a larger rate in order to compensate the loss of that income, and the potential loss of future incomes.

Studio sessions

I am able to perform any style except speed metal. It is just not my thing. From latin, jazz, country to heavy rock, you can visit my videos page to see a sample of my actual studio work.
I take great pride and care in getting a cut as close to exact as possible, and appropriate for the music. I am in this to make YOUR MUSIC SOUND GOOD, not to show off. In the studio, time is money. And I will ensure that everything I do is with as much efficiency and exactness and professionalism as possible.
No problems recording to a click track, or moving around it for something more fluid if that’s what you want. Whether deep pocket or strong push, I make everything I record sound fluid and alive, not mechanical and mundane.

My rates are reasonable. I am not in any musician’s union, so I do not charge per hour usually. But every situation is unique, depending on the time spent in the studio, the number of songs, and your actual budget. But generally, I have a minimum of $300/day (however long), regardless.
You’ll find that I am easy-going yet anal about my sound; cool-tempered yet aggressive in my approach to accomplishing the task. I don’t thrash about when things go wrong, which they invariably do.

If you are recording out of my town (Atlanta area), then I will require travel. Any normal travel is considered a commute just like anyone else that has to go to work. So, that requirement is within reason.

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