If you want consistent communication and careful attention to detail in our collaboration, you've found who to work with. My art is always evolving and, as a result, I'm always growing as an artist both musically and with my audience. Aside from creating great music, we will also make sure that it's being shown to the right people.
Writing lyrics and singing are what I'm most passionate about.
I typically write hip hop/r&b, but I have practiced many styles of music throughout my 7+ years of working.
I have a home studio where I record all of my songs, so I can create any and all the time.
Making instrumentals is another thing I love to do.
My main instrument is guitar, but I'm somewhat fluent on the bass, drums, and keys (skill level for each goes in that order).
I also mix music, but I don't master it.
I tend to send mixed files of my vocals whenever I work with someone, but I'm willing to let other engineers work with my voice if that's what the songwriter prefers.
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Interview with Ethan Martin
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A couple albums, growing my team, and making a living.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: My artist friend Brail is here.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It seems analog is the better way to go, if you can afford it. I take advantage of the digital age because, well, I can't afford all that analog gear.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To create something that we are both happy with and that will benefit both of us in our careers.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love making music and I love collaborating with hard working musicians.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you like my songs. I'm always down to create something different than I usually do, but you should definitely have a perspective of what my ideas are going to be like.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been writing music for 7+ years and creating my career path as we go. I've been a hip hop/r&b artist for about 2 years now. My career revolves strongly around making beats for other talented artists, writing feature verses or hooks, and occasionally I get a nice streaming check.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overwork a song. It's so easy to get to a point in it where you realized you've done too much. 9 times out of 10, the music turns out better when you can execute your ideas in a simple way. I heard someone say something like "perfection is there when there is nothing left to take away."
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My work is undeniably unique. I also find that a lot of my collaborators are inspired by my drive to create. And on top of always making music that I generally hear high opinions of, I have a growing audience that I would, of course, be sharing the song with. You'll have a great piece of music and guaranteed attention on it.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'll open a couple of my current projects and cycle between them as I work. I always want my current focus to feel fresh in my head, so my ideas come more naturally. I never force anything out and that's simply because I want to be sure I'm creating to the absolute best of my ability, every time.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Studio One Pro as my DAW with an Audio Box interface, but the plugins I've been using most lately are by Slate Digital. My MIDI sounds come from Native Instruments and I have a Maschine Jam MIDI pad as well as an M-Audio keystation. My mic is an AT4040 (hoping to be able to get an upgrade soon) and my home studio room sounds very clean, so it's easy to work with! I mix through JBL 8" monitors and a JBL sub.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, and Sango for their amazing songwriting and execution of ideas.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I most often make beats for artists and help them understand the promotion side of the music industry. Sometimes they already have a song written and they need new music scored under it and sometimes they want to start from nothing and create together.