Pop session guitar tracks
In the last 20 years, pop has for me come to include a lot of everything. Strong rock influences, a huge amount of borrowing from EDM and other electronic/dance music, commercial country music, plus a swallowing up of the singer-songwriter genre. The majority (but not all) of my studio and online session guitar work falls into this loose ‘pop’ category.
Below is a SoundCloud playlist with a selection of ‘pop’ tracks I’ve played on. I can’t link to every session I’ve done but I hope there’s enough of a selection to give you an idea.
I listen to and have grown up with a really diverse range of music and that includes a huge range of pop, including what I suppose I have to call ‘serious pop’.
Let’s scroll down my iTunes library by artist and pick out a few biggies (remember I’m leaving out the real rock, EDM, hip hop, soul, funk, etc)… Chaka Khan, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Happy Mondays, The Isley Brothers, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Kate Bush, Madonna, Maroon 5, Massive Attack, Michael Jackson, N.E.R.D, Pharrell Williams, Phil Collins, Prince, Pulp, The Smiths, Sting The Streets, Supergrass, Take That, The Walker Brothers. Some great great guitarists in there! If I was a huge fan of JUST Michael Jackson and my only frame of reference in terms of guitar tracks was his back catalogue, I’d already feel confident that I was in a pretty good place to cover a lot of styles.
Less of an influence growing up but something I’ve learnt at lot about and increasingly cover in sessions are guitar tracks in the style of (for example) Justin Bieber(‘s production team), and the current breed of modern pop/EDM-plus-heavily-produced-guitar stuff. I like these sessions partly because I can often get creative with my very fun and expensive guitar effects pedals and plugins. For more about my gear have a look at what I use on online sessions. The SoundToys 5 suite is an awesome collection of creative plugins and I use them extensively (among others). As mentioned elsewhere my background in recording studio work and production means I can provide a lot more than just standard ‘clean or dirty’ guitar tracks. I can give you carefully sculpted guitar arrangements where each part has its place and can elevate your track in wonderful ways AND be easy to use. We can talk about thematic development – or you can just tell me you’re looking for another hook in the chorus. I can definitely help with this sort of thing.
In my professional live playing career I’ve also played music by a huge (like, HUGE) range of artists so if you tell me you want it to sound like a Rihanna, 1D song, or Taylor Swift song I’m going to know how to go about doing that, have – or very quickly be able to get – a very good awareness of how the guitar tracks function.
Here’s the playlist – have a listen and if you’d like to discuss getting some top quality, creative and professional session guitar tracks for your song, drop me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form at the bottom of the page.