- Berklee College of Music Graduate with a degree in Music Production and Engineering, and Music Business.
I am a full-time music producer, and drummer. I have been playing since the age of 3. In 2012, I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I recently graduated in 2016. I have also been producing music since, 2011. I came up under the tutelage of Grammy Award winning, Multi Platinum producer, Marcus Allen (Ne-Yo, etc) and world renowned Blind Drummer, Nate Barnes (Jessie McCartney, etc). I however, specialize in Music Production, Studio Recording/ Recording Sessions on Drums and Live Shows on Drums.
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Interview with MikeBenjMusic
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: - Working on tracks for one of my good friends who plays guitar for Camilla Cabello. We're working on her EP.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: - Not yet, but soon.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: - Digital. Its usually more user friendly for most of the population now, and its more accessible.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: - Always be honest, always do my best.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: - The fact that hundreds and thousands of people will someway, somehow be touched by what we create.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: - How do you make it seem so easy? - I was blessed with a gift from God, and at an early age, I found out that, thats exactly what it was, so I took it seriously and invested into myself.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: There is none. Always cater to the artist first.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: -What styles of music are you into? -Who is your favorite artist? -What motivated you to make this song/ Go in this direction? -Why do you do music? -How did you first become interested in possibly being a part of the music industry?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: - If theres any question that you have, feel free to ask. I am always going to be able to work something out as long as the circumstance is professional and reasonable.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, Headphones, speakers (with a sub-woofer), external battery pack charger, and an iPhone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path originally started when I was 3 years old. Ive been professionally playing drums since the age of 3. Thats about 21 years now. I have however been producing music for the last 7 years, and have loved it ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: If i had to describe my style it would be, soothing. I have a very unique sound that I think the industry is going to be shifting toward, in the near future. Going back to the roots of music, and where the tropical music originally came from. Using different organic sounds to give off a feeling of authenticity in the music that we create, play and listen too.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Omarion. Heres why. He has an energy that only certain individuals in our industry possess. Not many people will understand what that means, but the level of musicality that he has, and the experience and the knowledge that he has is perfect. If i could produce one record for him, a tropical record, it would be incredible.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One music production tip is, when you find a specific sound that you like, always make sure that you save it so that you can go back and reference that sound for the same, or for a different track.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Pop, tropical pop, and hip hop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is, gathering talent together for a similar cause. Being able to effectively bring out the best in a music team, and force everyone to stretch their imaginations and see beyond the horizons of what they "thought" was possible, and break barriers.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: For me, a song is all about expression. Music is simply a for of expressing how one feels in and or out of a certain mind state or, even time frame. What I bring to a song, is life. I give a record the energy that it needs, so that the listener(s) can absolutely feel and intimately connect to it in the best way possible.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1). Find inspiration from the topic of what a song will and can be. 2) Get an idea of how the song(s) should feel while Im creating a melodic line in the meanwhile. 3) Once I get a feel for what direction the artist, the song and the lyrical content of the song are going in, ill usually find some chords to start off. 4) Add the percussion to bring life to the music. 5) Put the vocals on the record. 6) Place and or RE-place sounds. 7) Mix it down and enjoy.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: In my personal studio, I like to have simplicity. Macbook pro, plugins, sub-woofer, two stereo speakers, and a couple of external hard-drives.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I went to school with some of the most incredible musicians that this world has ever seen. However, a few of the music professionals that inspire me are, Poo-Bear, Scott Storch, Zed, J.Cole, Diplo, Skrillex, Mickey Shiloh, and the list goes on and on.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work that I do for clients are, 1) recreating records that are already out so that they are able to use them on Youtube for cover songs. 2) Creating records for EPs, albums and projects of their choice, and 3) Making songs from scratch, and or beats so that the artist can continue to develop their sound and their song(s).