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Interview with Art Class Music
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly we offer services that increase an artists chance at mainstream success. We often receive jobs from Major and Indie artists labels and publishers and are told to 'make it work'. ha In a nutshell I would say we are problem solvers; we deliver you a better product than you had.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: When it comes to music mostly everyone has something to offer. I'll pick up an arrangement idea here, a compression tip there. Its difficult to say. I'd really like to say everyone I have ever worked with though thats probably not the answer you are looking for.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: When it comes to software we find it really important to multi-sequence. We use every daw - PT, Logic, Ableton, FL, Cubase, etc. I've really been into the Fab Filter and Ozone plugs lately. Though I often times experiment with work flow. Predominantly we monitor with JBL's, NS-10's and Focals. We have all the goods when it comes to signal flow - Apogee converters, Neve Pre's, etc. My favorite pieces are a Juno-106, Rhodes Seventy Three and a 1963 ES-335
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on the project but I would say I spend a lot of time listening.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: We bring the 'x' factor. The part you feel...music should sound like drugs feel.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: What makes working as a team so great is everyone is best at something. We pride ourselves on that.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: We are pretty well rounded. Most of us have major label publishing backgrounds so we tend to lean toward 'Top 40' and 'pop' but I personally listened to a lot of 90's grunge rock and hiphop back in the day.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Closing your eyes helps when using your ears.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dead or alive? If I could turn back time I would say Johnny Cash, John Lennon, and Biggie.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: It very much depends on the style of the record. We adapt well and are all very versatile.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We did an exclusive 4 song contract with a music house here in NYC named Mophonics. It was the first time the whole team worked together on one project. I would say it was the foundation for the way in which we work today. I was predominately a writer/producer on that one.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: We've all come from different places. Most of us started at Motown / Sony ATV.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Does the desert island have outlets? Ha I would say Es 335 NS-10's macbook pro tequila blender
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take the time to organize! Unless of course that's what you are paying me to do. For services like mixes its really frustrating and time consuming to get a session thats not labeled. It's just a waste of your money.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: The most important question for me is what your ultimate goal is as an artist. Understanding what you want to achieve and how you want to connect with people helps me get a better perspective of the project as a whole.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: When it comes to mixing people tend to think you can make a poor recording sound good with a proper mix. Without sound replacement you can only make a horrible recording sound like a rich shiny polished horrible recording.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: This is a silly question. People ask me all sorts of things. Most of my clients ask me what my favorite food is. I tell them peanut butter.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Peoples reactions after a hard days work. Making happy new friends that allow me to be a part of their musical projects.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver a product that sounds better than the one you have.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Ultimately, I prefer a Juno-106 or a Lil' Phatty to something like Nexus or Sylenth but sometimes there are sounds you are having difficulty creating that you can buy for $3.99 on some digital preset website. In the end its all about delivering the best product you can while being as efficient and productive as possible.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: There is a remixer Ben Hostetler who's become a good friend of mine recently. He does great work.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: We have lots of projects coming in and out but my favorites right now would have to be this indie act that sounds like Bob Dylan/Coldplay and a portfolio for a professional back up singer named Taylor. Both are really talented and creative.