Trombonist and arranger Christopher Bill is perhaps best known for his all-trombone arrangements of popular songs. He records all the parts himself, in front of a camera, using loops, hand claps, and other effects. As I post this Christopher has over 35 000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. His cover of Happy is one of the more popular ones. He also just released his first album, Breakthrough, which could be considered a greatest hits collection.
I asked Christopher a few questions regarding his use of effects and electronics.
1. In what context do you use effects?
I use very basic effects when recording myself. I want it to sound as much like me as possible and too many effects distorts the original perception.
I use effects to create the ambiance of the style of music I’m playing. If I’m playing a classical piece I’d like it to sound like I’m in a big concert hall, or a pop song should be a crystal clear tone driving right to the center of sound. Jazz might be in between if I’m going for a bar/club feel. This changes how I compress and reverb my recorded audio.