Mentored by Grammy Award winning producers, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis || 2011 - Present || We will mix, master, produce and help write your songs, giving you a radio sounding mix that will compete with your favorite artists.
The ButterflyRoom is comprised of three brothers who are mixing & mastering engineers, singers, musicians, songwriters, and producers. We've been in the music industry for over 7 years, opening up for Boyz II Men, Kelly Roland, Luke James, and Michael Bolton.
We use Protools 10 HD for recording, production, mixing & mastering. Plugins we use for most mixes include Waves, Fab Filter, SoundToys, and iZotope. We rarely use vocal tuning, but when we do, we use autotune and Melodyne.
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I had the pleasure of working with these guys. I came to them with a song idea and a sound/vibe I was looking for. They far exceeded my expectations. I honestly prefer to work with them over anyone else. They work together, individually creating different parts of the song all at the same time. Before you know it, you have a song. I am so stoked with the end result and look forward to working with them again. So FAB!!! Thanks guys for helping make my dream come true.
Interview with ButterflyRoom
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: We are musicians ourselves and have three EP's that we are working on to promote our group, the RoneyBoys.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We promise that we will do our best to make you sound your best and help you create something timeless.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: A lot of customers ask us how to make their voices sound better in the recording. If you're a singer, you have to practice singing. Your vocals are only going to sound as good as the time you spent practicing.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: We would take a portable solar-powered power generator, our microphone, the laptop with Protools, a MIDI Keyboard, and the hard drive with all the plugins. We would need instruments too, but we would make them with our bare hands, using the islands natural resources.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Between the three of us: Recording & Producing vocals and tracks, Writing and Revising Lyrics and Melodies, and Mixing & Mastering.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: We have over seven years of professional studio recording time. Flyte Tyme studios in Santa Monica, CA. Boom Boom Room in Burbank, CA. We try to bring exceptional vocals, by getting the best vocal recording without using any vocal tuning, because we feel it should be natural and soulful. We try to use natural and live instruments whenever possible because it brings life to the mix. We bring the mentorship of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, two of the most respected grammy winning super producers in music history, who taught us everything they learned in their 35+ years of professional music industry experience.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We were hired as guest artists by Panasonic and DTS to perform live to showcase their products at the CES convention in Las Vegas. We created a song with Jam & Lewis and had the opportunity with Panasonic to shoot a music video with their new 3D cameras. The song was mixed by Elliot Scheiner in 11.1 surround sound using DTS technology. We also had the privilege of singing for Barry Gordy and Smokey Robinson when they received their Architects of Sound award for the Grammy's.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: We are new on SoundBetter so we would like to build a network of partners while sharing our experiences working with the best in the industry.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: There is always something to do, whether that means creating a song from scratch or working on a long-term project. And it's fun to work with talented people that love music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What services does the client need or want? What genre of music are they wanting to create? Can you send us 2-3 reference songs that are similar to what you're wanting to create or have mixed? What is your target audience? If you're hiring us for mixing, are your tracks organized and labeled? If you're not sending us a Protools file and it's from another DAW, can you bounce the stems of each track to WAV? If you're sending WAV stems, can you make sure there is no plug-ins or processing on any tracks?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You want to make sure that the person you're hiring is able to be trusted and has references that can be verified. If you are going to a studio to record, make sure that it is a safe and professional working environment. Make sure that you do an initial consultation either in person or on the phone to see if the provider is someone that you can get along well with. Creating music with someone requires a personal connection. Also, Be sure to check their portfolio to see if they are proficient with your style of music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Soul R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Funk, and a little bit of Jazz.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: We start with a strong melody and lyrics for a hook. We decide on the concept and direction for the song. We build the track and create the instrumentation that fits the vibe of the song. Then, we analyze and perfect the lyrics. We lay down lead vocals for the verses and hook and add a bridge if appropriate. Then comes harmonies, back up vocals, and ad-libs. Once all vocals are finished we start comping the vocals. Then we Mix & Master the track. After all this, we end up with a finished Masterpiece. (Just kidding, a song is never finished but we decide on a date and finish the project)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because it's so much more efficient. Its a lot cheaper than analog gear, and it's in your DAW. Analog is great because it adds a certain warmth to whatever you put it on. But, plugins now have done an amazing job of emulating famous analog gear and you cant even tell the difference between the two.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People tend to think musicians are lazy, do drugs and don't work hard. This is not true. We put in 12 hour days, short breaks, and practice all the time, in addition to going to school.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: We are a musical family. We grew up making music ever since we were really young so it's natural to us. In 2011, Bruno Mars tweeted us and, shortly after, we were discovered by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. In over seven years of mentorship, we've learned everything there is to know about music production and professional studio recording. On the performance side, we have opened for Boyz II men, Kelly Rowland, Michael Bolton, and sang a tribute for Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson at a Grammy Gala. We have performed at the CES convention in Las Vegas for Panasonic and DTS and performed live at multiple venues all over Orange County and Las Vegas. We are currently releasing original music that has been in the works for the past five years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: The best word to describe our sound is "SouulBoogie." As one of our fans said while describing our sound, "It's as if Michael Jackson was every member of Boyz II Men."
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ariana Grande, because she has amazing vocals and it would go well with the melodies that we have created. Bruno Mars, cause he has a very old school 90's vibe that goes well with our production style. We would love to write and Jam with the legends like: Iseley Brothers, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Nile Rogers
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis because they are our mentors. Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Earth Wind & Fire, Nile Rogers & Bernard Edwards, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Boyz II Men, Chick Korea, Mike Miller, New Edition. On the mixing side, DJ Swivel, Dave Pensado, Noah "40" Shebib, and mixedbyAli.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work we do is recording vocals, producing tracks, mixing & mastering, writing melodies and lyrics. We also do backup vocals and compose harmonies.