I have accomplished Grammy nominated recordings and gold and platinum records with various artist. I am a singer songwriter and multi musician. I work with Electronic,Pop, Country,Soul,Jazz and HipHop. I can bring your project to the next level with Production Arrangement , and mixing.
I have a full production studio for Music and Film . Also a full production room with vintage synths keyboards and guitar. I am able to do projects start to finish. And a mix room with the Original Sony Oxford Rmx100 with 2 inch 16 track /MCI with Endless Analogue Clasp System .So if you just want that radio sound that I can provide. For Production if it’s a remix or new project I can complete start to finish . I also provide mastering.
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Interview with Trace Ellington
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All kinds Electronic , Trap , Dubbstep,Jazz,POP, R&B ,Country.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The energy to push it to the next level. And the element of surprise and the full emotion.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Oxlford Sony mixing console and protocols procontrol with Hd 3 system. icon controller iMac various vintage synths and rack , fender Rhodes cup 70 grand piano etc . Also using Clasp endless analogue with a MCI JH 100 2inch 16 track.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Prince, Jimmy Hendricks , Duke Ellington, Queen, Curtis Mayfield, Alana Berez,Galamatia.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remixing, final radio mix, music production , songwriting , arrangement . Tracking from daw for mix down
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I work from the angle of how good material is fecorded from the start . If I need to re-record to get a good sound I will. it depends on the project.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Producing and bringing the best out of an artist.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yes don’t do your final mix in the box .
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: It would be Sting . He multi talented with voice and song and playing
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was advancing in Hip Hop working for death row in the early 90s . And I quit ] before Tupac died. And had decided that music is about energy and wanted no part of negative . So I split hip hop and really decided to use my talent in other genres .
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac. Apollo 8. Guitar , bass, keybord
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you identify your needs and sound your looking for .
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Is this your first project. Are you wanting any live instruments in your project.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I can’t make someone sound good that does not have the passion or gift to make music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make me sound like the hottest artist at the time? And I say no but I can make you sound like you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to express through sound and music .
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That they will grow more every time we work together.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analogue is human digital is preserving you need both to move forward . And some think the digital age left analogue behind but it’s always been there .
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A Blues project from Chicago . Where the client wants to redo Albert Kings song Lonesome .
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The sex packet album from Digital Underground. The programming and sampling was done by me using a Lin 9000 and a 16 bit Casio sampler . Everyone in the group was accomplished jazz musicians. It was the first project that Inworked in that went platinum.