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Interview with Sajidah B
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
It's become a lot easier and more common for people to set up in their rooms with ProTools and believe what he and I do are the same. The art of making music is one thing, but there is a science to audio that has to be understood. It is something studied and learned and then, it becomes an artform of it's own.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I have gotten to work on a nice variety: R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Gospel, Rock, Jazz/Big Band, Latin, Spoken Word, and even an audiobook. I stay open to all projects.
Analog or digital and why?
I lean towards digital
What do you like most about your job?
I love that it makes me happy. I wake up to this, fall asleep to this, and wake up out of my sleep for this. That happiness and excitement shows in my work. Happy me, happy clients.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
U87 into a UAD Apollo Twin. I need AKG headphones, a Macbook and the Waves bundle. I'm set for life.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've always wanted a role in music every since forever. I never played an instrument, I would just write songs; it wasn't until the internet that I realized there was a career for me behind the board.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
There are so many!
Can you share one music production tip?
One thing that I have come to learn is that there is no right or wrong once you know your craft. Learn your art form in and out, up and down, and then spend the rest of eternity doing whatever sounds good to you. You'll never be wrong. And that's how it stays fun.
What's your strongest skill?
Vocal editing. It's become a sport to me to mold my vocals to perfection. From where they sit in a mix to the effects on the channel, I aim to perfect it every time.
What do you bring to a song?
A good ear is always number one.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Young Guru, Noah "40" Shebib, Dave Pensado, Jimmy Douglas, Derek Ali and above all, Marcella Araica, the lady in charge.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most commonly, it'll be a mixing a project. I write and produce with them, but my main objective is to get it on wax so I can go crazy in my DAW.