I specialize in writing/production for Indie Electronic songs; I've written, recorded/performed, and produced all of my own music. For rappers - drop me a verse and I can expand upon or provide a comeback verse. I can also provide an extremely quick turnaround period for Mixing (varies depending on your number of tracks)and Mastering services.
Mikey Backpack is an independent musician living in Long Beach, California. Mikey grew up taking music lessons and eventually apprenticed as an audio engineer under the mentorship of Producer Brian Frederick for 1 year. Mikey completed the Beat Lab Academy Certification course as he began his career as a musician in 2017.
Mikey writes, performs and produces all of his own music and he pulls from his different influences when writing (David Bowie, David Bryne, Talking Heads, and LCD Soundsystem are a few examples). It's his versatility as a multi-instrumentalist that lends to the eclectic styles heard across his songs.
Mikey offers songwriting and/or production services, as well as mixing/mastering services, and his unique vocal style is highly requested (he can record his own vocals and send premixed or dry).
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Interview with Bope Deats - Mikey Backpack
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was the singer, producer, and engineer on my 4th EP - Summer Love
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie Electronic - electronic music that pulls equal influences from Indie Rock, Hip Hop beats, and House music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Educating the client; I aim to perform a service AND get clients closer to being able to accomplish their goals easier during their next project
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A crisp ear and dynamic melodic/lyrical ideas
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pair of Presonus E5 Monitors and Tremblor 10 subwoofer, Scarlett 18i20 interface, 2 analog synths (Roland and Moog), 1176 Compressor Clone, AKG Mic, Sennheiser Headphones, sound treatment on rear/adjacent/opposite walls, disco ball in the corner
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: James Murphy, Paul McCartney, Reggie Watts, Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, RZA,
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My 3rd EP of the year
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Naomi Wild
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, there is beauty in the 'flawed' circuitry and the digital emulations are hella good by now
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We'll get what you want from your project as stress-free as possible
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love songwriting as a creative process and helping create a tangible feeling from an intangible idea
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How do you get your vocals to sound like they do? - it's the way I sing (arguably derivative) combined with the timbre of my voice (relatable) and the FX-chain I choose (which is easy to reproduce), together they all create a wholly unique voice
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What feeling are you going for? What song do you want this to sound like (if any)?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Visit my website to see if we will vibe, there are plenty of people who offer my services but if you and I gel then we gel
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, AKG Mic, Roland JD-Xi, Audio Interface, Polarized Sunglasses
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I studied jazz bass for 5 years then took some music tech courses at Chapman University. I then worked as an apprentice engineer for a year from 2015-2016, I then took a songwriting course at Garnish Music in Hollywood in 2016, then completed the Super Producer program at Beat Lab Academy in Eagle Rock CA during the first half of 2017. I've been writing/producing my own songs since then.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Indie Electronic; Bope Deats
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: James Murphy, I feel like he has something insightful to offer that even he is unaware of
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get your song arrangement completed as quickly as possible, don't spend time finding the perfect sound until after you've laid out your structure.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Production/songwriting - Find a melody, find a core drum rhythm, find a bassline, add a chord progression, add FX sounds and drum fills, write/record lyrics, enhance drum programming with subtle variation; mix levels, EQ, add FX along the way, make final EQ'ing then bounce Mixing - levels, panning, EQ, compression, time-based FX, automation, further EQ, bounce Mastering - EQ, compress, EQ, compress/expand, always limit last
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Provide an easy experience in getting great sounds