Reuel’s wide-ranging talent as a pianist gives every note he plays a unique resonance. He has years of experience in the worlds of classical, pop, film scoring and electronic dance music, allowing him to move smoothly between genres. He may be based in Las Vegas, but Reuel’s true home is the mansion of music he’s created with his keyboards, compositions and thrilling performances.
“My live shows always vary in style, size and structure,” Reuel explains. “I perform concerts of solo classical material, as well as solo pop piano with backing tracks. I have a five-piece pop band and a classically trained trio, with a cellist and violinist. We can play live, or augment the performance with produced backing tracks. I customize each show to what is needed, or affordable, for the venue or client. I’m continually adding more original music to my shows, along with creative arrangements of popular music. I’m always looking for ways to present my music in the biggest, most straightforward fashion.”
To that end, Reuel has recently finished work on two albums. Transformation will combine electronic dance tracks with piano melodies played in a classical style, while First Snow is a record of Christmas music that was released by Lucky Hound Records for the Holiday Season of 2018. Transformation is set for release in early 2019.
Reuel was born in Arlington, TX and grew up in Austin. He started playing piano seriously when he was 12 years old. “My grandmother agreed to pay for one year of lessons for me, after I’d been dabbling with the piano for about a year.” Although he had a natural musical affinity, the discipline of daily practice proved to be overwhelming. But Reuel redoubled his efforts and soon discovered the joys of improvisation. “I’d just turned 13 and I believe it was the best thing I’ve ever done. I still teach myself through improvising and it led me to start writing and arranging music. I found melodies coming to me while I was playing around on the keyboard.”
When he was 19, he moved out of his parents’ home to pursue music full time. He played briefly in a psychedelic rock band, wrote music for commercials and video games, taught piano, played in hotels, created his own website and recorded several albums of original music that he sold on iTunes and his own website.
“Night Shadows and A Quiet Place were recorded at Fire Studios in San Marcos, TX, about ten years ago. They were among my first attempts at recording original solo piano pieces. I made each of them in one day, during one long recoding session. They were improvised on the spot, during the live recording. I was young and wanted to start making albums. At that point, I preferred improvising songs, instead of the painstaking effort I would later put into creating albums. I was spending most of my playing gigs and working on my iPhone music app, Tune Hopper.
A few years later looking for new musical horizons, Reuel packed up his keyboards and moved to Las Vegas, a thriving musical center. “Moving here was the best choice I’ve made in my career as a musician. I usually don’t play live here, except for my corporate performances. Most of my shows are in other states or parts of the world, but the way of life here is whatever you choose it to be and living in the desert is healthy and inspiring.”
Living in Las Vegas allows Reuel to concentrate on performing, composing and recording. “I believe creativity arrives after hard work. I can be working on a song, then switch to answering work emails, then return to the song after that business break. I have a lot of time to do what I want to do every day, so I tend to self-motivate and be strict about finishing projects.
“Since I have a background in EDM, Ableton production, classical piano, film scoring and voice lessons, I generally know what I want for a performance or recording. I then find, hire and convince other artists who are amazing at what they do to help turn my initial ideas into reality. I am a self-admitted creative control freak. When it comes to live recording, I will only let certain musicians walk into a room and improvise over my tracks. I know what I want to create and my daily goal is making the time to finish each song. I already know future album concepts. It just takes a while to bring them to life, so most of my time is spent performing to make money and living a healthy lifestyle so I achieve my goals for completing, releasing and performing these albums live.
“I’m constantly aiming to find the perfect balance, in performing and composing, between my classical background and my pursuits into the styles of pop and EDM. Ultimately, I feel it’s all about writing good original songs that effect people, since that’s what will remain, long after my performances are gone.”
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