Multi-Dimensional producer that will elevate your music to a professional sound. Capable of handling ghost production, assistant production, mixing, mastering, and feedback. I have 5+ years experience in the electronic music industry and have been recognized by some of the biggest names in the business.
I have built a thriving career off of my musical expertise. Although I primarily specialize in Electronic Dance Music, I am more than capable in many other fields, including but not limited to, Hip-Hop, RnB, Pop, Dance, Rock, and Singer/Songwriter. I have been producing EDM for over 4 years and Hip-Hop twice as long. I have worked with some of the best industry professionals and studied specifically music production in school.
I offer a wide range of services such as, Music Production, Mixing, Mastering, Ghost Production, and Beat Making just to name a few. I am willing and able to work with any and all clients that need help with their tracks. I am a one-stop-shop for your musical needs! I can help finish tracks that you are struggling with or make one completely from scratch. I will help you through the whole process and will provide revisions as necessary. Also, I can take a finished idea and make it TRULY sound professional and at a fraction of what many of the industry "pros" would charge you. I am extremely flexible and FAST too. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me!
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Interview with YKES (Jacob Dahl)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is production help. Usually in the form of asst. producing but I am very well versed in full ghost production and mixing/mastering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am constantly inspired by large artists in the scene. For my personal project, Zomboy and Skrillex have been huge inspirations. But I strive to pull inspiration from multiple genres as focusing too much on one aspect of music can cause your taste to become rigid and stale.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My personal home studio isn't all the spectacular. I have an Apollo Twin interface hooked up to a pair of JBL 8's with a matching JBL Sub. I also have a pair of Adam 7s.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on what I am trying to achieve. For production, I usually start at the very beginning of the day so I am completely uninfluenced by external forces. I always do my best work in the morning. I try to begin with something that inspires me (i.e. a melody, a sample, a drum pattern) and build the song slowly from there. Once the initial idea is written it is just filling in the smaller pieces, albeit those are usually the most important part.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring years of practice and expertise. I have truly honed and mastered my craft and I believe that I am capable of bringing a fresh approach to a song. I do have a tendency to work on heavier electronic music but that allows me to look at simpler genres, such as pop or hip-hop with a different set of eyes. I bring years of practicing and refining into simple yet elegant solutions.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would have to say it is sound design. I can recreate almost any sound I hear. Whether it is a pad, a dubstep growl, a lead, or anything in between I consider myself a true professional in the realm of sound-design.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I prefer to work on heavier electronic music but I do not like to limit myself. I thrive when I work on multiple different genres but my most familiar field is heavy electronic music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A great tip that I received by a previous mentor and that I think anyone who produces should know is: EQ more, Compress less. Often times I see producers putting a compressor on absolutely EVERYTHING in their songs with no real rhyme or reason behind it. If you have a problem within a sound you should always be reaching for an EQ over a Compressor.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: A dream for me is to work with Skrillex. In my opinion, he defined what today is known as dubstep. He brought what was an underground genre into pop culture. He continues to define and redefine what is possible in the electronic music realm. He is a personal idol of mine.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style with pretty vocals and body0numbing drops. I tend to write verses that are airy and ethereal and tangle that together with a heavy, bass-rattling drop.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: This is and has been my career path. I have been "professionally" producing music for over 5 years and went to school for music production for 2 years before that. I have always known that this is the line of work I want to be in.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. Laptop 2. some way to charge my laptop 3. headphones 4. my apollo twin 5. my JBL 8's
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Definitely, do your research on who you hire. Specifically, what do you need and is the person you hire the absolute perfect fit for the job. It's so incredibly important that you have the "right" not necessarily the "best" working with you when it comes to music. Just because someone is the best at what they do doesn't mean that it is the best thing for your project.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask for references to other songs in terms of mixing or mastering. For production, I ask clients what they would like to sound like and who they enjoy listening too. I think these two questions provide a strong idea for me to deliver something they will absolutely love.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Everyone thinks I'm a DJ simply because I make electronic music. Which definitely isn't true. I feel I'm doomed to have to explain people the difference between an electronic music producer and a DJ for eternity.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love every aspect. It truly is impossible to just pick one thing. I love making music and anything related to music and that essentially is my job so I love every aspect.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Money back guarantee. If you aren't happy with the result I don't expect to get paid. I'm confident that I will always be able to deliver on my promise because I am unyielding and relentless in my pursuit of perfection.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I do love analog gear but personally, I say digital. Nowadays you can recreate or at least emulate anything and everything that is done on analog, digitally. Also, I believe that doing things digital opens doors otherwise impossible using analog gear. It could be from my lack of knowledge and expertise in analog but I feel digital is as capable or better in almost everything.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No, I currently am unaware of any of my peers or mentors using SoundBetter.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I currently am mentoring 4 students in Electronic Music Production as well as working on an EP for my personal project.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I would have to say my own project "YKES" is something I am incredibly proud of. I am the sole creator, producer, mixing engineer, mastering engineer, concept artist, graphic designer, and funder. I am involved in every aspect of the project and I am incredibly proud of what I have achieved and what is still to come.