Session musicians are hired freelance musicians that come in during studio or performance times to help fill out a song and supply their playing abilities on a limited time basis rather than as a permanent staple in a musical act or band.
Session musicians can provide incredible benefits to a song recording adding a depth and variation of instrumentation that may not otherwise be achieved without their talents. Furthermore, session musicians provide a cost-effective and temporary way to get the instrumentation you desire on your album recordings. As well, session musicians can bring a new viewpoint to music and songs that can inspire you and shake things up especially if you are in a creative rut.
Often when working in creative fields such as music creation and production, we can get blocked and our ideas become limited especially when we are working alone or with the same group of people on a day to day basis. Hiring a session musician puts a new set of eyes on your music that may open the door to what you’ve been missing before you even realize it yourself.