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Interview with Tim White
What do you like most about your job?
Try finding something I don't like about it...
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How tall are you? ...6'4
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
People always I assume I do one thing. "oh so you sing, who produced it?" ...me. I write and compose, produce and sing, play every instrument. I think you can't really have a perspective on the big picture of producing a song unless you've mastered every detail of how it's made. If you can't write, produce, mix, master, sing, and play....there's always going to be something holding you back. That doesn't mean you HAVE to do everything on EVERY song. But the fact that you CAN.....that changes everything. I think it's essential for any great producer.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
"Do you truly believe in this?" ..if you're not giving 100% I can't help you. Go away and come back when you're ready to give it everything. Then it's down to "What do you want your audience to feel?"
What's your typical work process?
Melody first. I prefer to have a complete vocal melody down before touching an instrument. I come up with everything in my head and then when it's ready. Then I hit the studio and it's simply a matter of translating the sounds in my head to the sounds coming out of the speaker.
What are you working on at the moment?
Two separate songs for two separate major DJ acts I'm not allowed to talk about at the moment. A new single for my own artist project.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Dictaphone A fully-loaded Macbook Pro/DAW Universal Audio Apollo 16 Vintage U47 '67 Fender Telecaster
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mostly pop & EDM.
What's your strongest skill?
The last 10%. There's a lot of great songs that never become hits, and the differences are very subtle. I've spent a lot of time focusing on those differences and learning to quickly identify problem points, and tweak them to bring out the full potential of a track.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have several studios I work out of for tracking in both NYC and LA. Because I travel frequent, I keep my own setup almost entirely ITB sans my vocal chain. When Im ready to track something I head to one of my go-to studios. My Vocal Chain (when recording myself, for other singers It varies): Manley Reference Cardioid Mic with modified Tube Chandler TG2-500 Mic Pre 1176 Rev A Blue Face Apogee Conversion
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I write & compose pop music & I write and sing on EDM tracks. In the first situation, I'm usually involved in the entire project and take lead as producer overseeing it from concept to mastering. In the second situation, I'm typically provided a track and let that inspire a vocal idea. I then write melodies and lyrics, track with one of my engineers, and deliver a produced vocal. I'll sometimes bring in one of my frequent collaborators to co-write if I feel they can add something to the project. And I'll collaborate on production and instrumental composition if that is requested.
Analog or digital and why?
Depends on the song