Francesco Accurso

last updated on 15/07/17

I am a professional musician, producer and sound engineer. In 2008 I set up an independent label and production company called ToneTrade. Under this name, I work freelance for the music industry, applying my skills to help shape the sound of my clients. Open minded and extremely enthusiastic… Read more

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Pictures

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Performing with Lil Jimmy Reed
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Cheltenham Jazz Fest
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Ealing Summer Festival
Rocking out
The Great R&B Festival

Tracks

01 Born Under a Bad Sign.mp3
03 Bedroom Floor.mp3
04 Selfish Blues.mp3
Make It Rain
The Scene feat. Lil'Jimmy Reed and Chad Strentz
01 Petra The Swedish Nanny
Not My Fault
06 Souls In Fieri
04 Starlight
01 The Blindness Of Our Kind
03 General Paralysis Of The Sane
04 Wild And Lonely Arms
02 Give Her Her Doll Back
05 St. Peter's way
01 Boomerang
02 Proximo Now

Employment History

Producer at ToneTrade Records (from 2008)
Partner at Kat&Co. (from 2011)
Sound Engineer at Charlie Wrights, Old Street (2012)
Sound Engineer at Floridita, Soho (2014)
Freelance Sound engineer at Earcandy Live from 2013
Freelance Sound Engineer at London Live Sound from 2014

Education

Curriculum Vitae

I grew up in a small Italian city called Modena, a relatively beautiful and welcoming place where people meet, work, raise families and enjoy those comforts which seems to make everybody's life bearable. Like every other kid in town, I loved listening to music and going to concerts, but I was raised believing in dreams and pretty soon I picked up an instrument and started wondering at the world outside my door step. My pragmatism led me to study engineering at University, but a performance by Clarence Gatemouth Brown offered me a glimpse of a different life, certainly much harder that the one I knew, but rich in raw sounds and beautiful, soulful melodies; little I knew that that performance would have change my life. A few years later I was completing my musical studies at the Musician's Institute in California with great teachers such as Scott Henderson and Carl Schroeder (Jimmy Reed, J.L.Hooker, Sarah Vaughan). I never looked back, I always kept following my call, moving from country to country in search of the right tone while writing, playing and producing music; and finally I made London my home.In 2008 I set up an independent label and production company called ToneTrade. Under this name, I work freelance for the music industry, applying my skills to help shape the sound of my clients.When in 2011 I met Kathleen Pearson, an Afro American blues singer whose family traditions go back to the cotton fields of rural Tennessee, I saw once again a glimpse of those same roots I was sold many years before by Clarence Gatemouth Brown. At the time Kat asked me to create a new sound, something urban and contemporary which could make the Blues once again relevant in the 21st Century. Nowadays Kat&Co is an internationally recognised act and my duties range from co-writing, arranging and producing all the band's material to managing and coordinating all aspects of the job. We since shared stage with great artists such as Joe Louis Walker, Deitra Farr, Lurrie Bell but also Mud Morganfield, Lil Jimmy Reed and our very own Paul Lamb, Chad Strentz and Bob Hall.Nowadays ToneTrade is the platform from which I can look after the interests and development of Kat&Co., but also of iconic Saxophonist and band leader Knoel Scott (Sun Ra Arkestra) who recently joined our roster.Sound engineering plays also a big part in my professional career; I work freelance for live events and recording sessions alike, and I am used to all sorts of genres and line ups, from small bands to larger brass sections and ensembles.I have a good understanding of mic placement and I always engineer my sessions. The attention to details, with the understanding that every job and genre requires its own specific sonic character, takes centre stage in my search for the right tone.I also trained as a vocalist with fellow musician Lorena Fontana who introduced me to the ways of Alexander Technique. This training is proving most useful when it comes to producing singers; coaching and directing can be a key factor in achieving a good performance and just as any good actor needs a good director, I believe a good singer needs a good producer who understands the ways of the voice and the objective to be achieved.

Technical Equipment

Gear

These are the guitars I use live and in the studio: '91 Fender Stratocaster '57 reissue, 1985 modified Mexican Strat, '67 Fender Telecaster, Ernie Ball Music Mann (Luke), Custom Made Sanchez electric guitar, Gibson Acustic mini jumbo, Fender Jazz Bass 

My Amplifiers are : Fender Tone Master, Matchless Clubman, EDT 13/29- Divided by 13, Ulbrick Verbovibe 30, I also use Mesaboogie triaxis preamp and Brunetti 1000 Preamp as additional gear in the studio 

I am into pedals, most of them before the amp, and my favourite are: Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe, Modified Dunlop Cry Baby, TS9 Tube Screamer, Matchless Hot box, Ulbrick megalodon, Crowther Audio Hot Cake, Xotic SH  booster, Hermida zendrive, T rex Delay, TC electronic nova1, Compressor Cali 76



I am also a producer with my own studio which revolves around Phoenix Audio preamps, Neve Compressors, Antelope Audio converters, top grade mics( telefunken, AKGs, shure, etc..) and ATC monitors.

Other Skills / Additional Information

I have a good understanding of mic placement and I always engineer my sessions. My work is also focused on shaping sound in the studio but also on stage and I am well trained as a sound engineer for live events.

I trained as a vocalist with fellow musician Lorena Fontana who introduced me to the way of Alexander Technique. This training is proving most useful anytime I have to work with a singer. Coaching and directing a performance are in my opinion a key factor in achieving a good performance from a singer when it comes to production.
Just as any good actor needs a good director, I believe a good singer needs a good producer who understands the way of the voice and the value of a good performance and that is what I do.