I'm here to connect the dots. Whether it's a song that needs a top line, stronger production, a solid mix, or a professional master. I've written music for artists such as Cherub and Gramatik as well as for brands like Facebook. I've mixed records for Talib Kweli and Soulive. I'll help you develop your track into something you're proud to share.
I've been my own music house for 5 years, focusing on writing, recording, mixing, and mastering songs. Following completion of singles, EP's, and LP's I've developed marketing strategies and PR campaigns including self-made music videos, graphic design, remix contests, crowd-funding campaigns, and other engaging content resulting in over 15 million spotify streams, multiple US, UK, and EU tours, a solid fan base, and most importantly the ability to survive off of my music.
As a songwriter I've written songs for Cherub, Gramatik, Chapel, Cherokee, Starxx, and Jabberwocky. I've written advertising campaign songs for Facebook, Target, and T-Mobile. I've also mixed records for Talib Kweli, Consequence, Pharoahe Monche, Busta Rhymes, The Barr Brothers, Soulive, Lettuce and Break Science.
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Gibbz is easy to work with, thorough, quick, and he communicates well.
Gibbz Is one of the most talented dudes I know. Not only can he sing his ass off, He has a true ability to craft songs that get to a point in the most honest and non-pretentious way. He expresses a feeling or thought in a way that brings you right in. His productions have tons of tasty subtly but never make you work to hard to come along. He's got a great ear for melody and production and he'll no doubt help bring your songs to the next level.
I've worked with Gibbz on many different projects over the past 7 years, and I value his creative input, quick turnaround, and his vast knowledge of production and arranging styles. The tracks always sound great. Also, top notch sense of humor.
Mike mixed and mastered 4 songs for my debut EP and I couldn't be happier with his work. He was quick and fair in his pricing for both services (treated mastering as an add-on) and hosted my multitracks, stems, mixes, Instrumental mixes, and masters on his dropbox until I was confident that I had properly backed up the files on my computer. I will be hiring him for my next project. -DF
Interview with Gibbz
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Above Water was my first LP and has been really well received. It was funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign and none of my fans regret donating.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently not on tour. In between Brooklyn, Nashville, and LA doing writing sessions as well as working on singles for myself.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both can be great and terrible. It depends on the situation you're in and if it's necessary.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to do my best.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My cats can be nearby.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: If I can sing backgrounds on a song I've written for them. Maybe.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about what I do is that I have other writers/producers working on every track with me.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you listening to? How long have you been doing this?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be forward and honest with whatever you need done and I will do my best to achieve the sound that's in your head.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Urei 1176 (blue face), Neumann U87, Neve 1073, an SM7, and a Laptop/Soundcard
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out of college and a mix engineer and tracking engineer. I stopped studio work to tour as a live sound engineer and tour manager. After that, I began releasing music and writing tracks for other artists. I've been working in the industry for 8 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I focus on making melodies and production that stick in your head and make you come back to listen again.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to write for Selena Gomez. I feel she's got a great timbre that hasn't been tapped into on top of less commercial pop songs.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sidechain compression.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Indie, R&B. Nothing that's in-your-face loud or too aggressive.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Translating descriptions of feelings into music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Pop sensibility to write melodies and produce sounds that trigger nostalgia even if a listener has just heard a song for the first time.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Keep pushing until it's done.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: A small spot above a bar in Brooklyn, my studio is equipped with the bare essentials to make a great record. No distractions by extra fancy gear. Minimal fanciness with focus on songwriting.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ian Kirkpactrick, Jeff Bhasker, Mark Ronson, Mac Ayres.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm most commonly hired to write top lines for pop songs and produce electro pop/R&B songs.