Originally from Hawaii, I specialize in EDM, Pop & Hip Hop. I'm a one stop shop, I mix and master too. 18 Years experience working with dozens of artists, TV music placements and work done for Disney & Coke. Winner of John Lennon Songwriting contest grand prize & Kawehi Remix Competition. Logic Pro Certified, former Music Creative Pro at Apple.
I can write, sing, produce, mix, and master songs & instrumentals in a wide range of genres. Very accommodating and versatile to make your project one of a kind! I specialize in making contemporary pop music, with elements of Hip Hop, Rnb, Funk, and EDM genres. I excel at vocal chopping, resampling, and synthesizing (Alchemy and Massive are my favorites). If you want a modern, fresh, or even futuristic sound, I would love to help you with your project!
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Interview with Sebastian Hughes
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: -Creating instrumentals and songs for TV/Ads/Artists/Briefs, I'm a one stop shop. -Producing and remixing, where I'm sent a recorded acapella vocal/song and I create an entire production for it. -Mixing and Mastering. -Writing and recording a song with my vocals for other DJ/Producers to use. -Songwriting or Co-writing for other musicians and artists. -Teaching Logic Pro X, I am Certified and a former Music Creative Pro @ Apple
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin is a huge influence, I'm dedicated to making the highest quality pop music. Other producers that inspire me are Madeon, Porter Robinson, Mura Masa, Flume, Andrew Watt, Mark Ronson, and Diplo.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Logic Pro X, an Apogee Duet interface, Neumann TLM 103 mic, audio technica headphones, Genelec Speakers, and hundreds of plugins!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'm versatile to whatever a client needs! Common workflows include: -Creating a production or instrumental similar to a clients given reference tracks, using a combination of synthesizers and samples (ie splice). -Producing a remix/alternate production for an artists song/acapella vocal. I like to create all my melodies with midi/piano and then get into sound design choices. -Producing/scoring to a video (for commercials, ads, TV show clips that are 2 minutes or less). -Writing a song and recording my voice for a DJ/Producers instrumental track. -Ghost producing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Born and raised in Hawaii and working professionally for Apple across 6 stores, before leaving to make music full time, customer focus and Aloha spirit are what I bring to the music! Also 18 years of experience writing and recording music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Writing Melodies & Producing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, EDM genres, Hip/Hop
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Gain staging (volume levels) correctly is the single most important (and often overlooked) way to make your production sound pro.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: My 2019 linup: Ariana & Post would be my favorite pop singers, Drake and Cardi B for rappers, and Madeon/Porter Robinson for producers.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to keep things really pop and fresh. Most of my previous work has been Electronic Dance music, but I've shifted the last few years to making music with more Hip Hop, Trap, and Rnb influences-you have to change to where the industry goes in music.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My journey started as a classical violinist from age 3 onward, so I have strong melody and music theory fundamentals. I started playing guitar and writing songs at 10 years old, and began producing at 12, morphing into a electronic/pop producer in my late teens. After a decade of writing and producing for fun, I honed my skills while working at Apple to become an audio professional.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, Neumann Mic, Apogee Duet, Audio Technica headphones, and a really good mobile Air Conditioning system!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The more information and details you provide about your project, the more accurately a provider like me can help you!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: If its not included in their initial messge/post, what do they need done (mixing and mastering too?) and when do they need it by! Also if they have any reference tracks/artists.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Musicians aren't all night owls-I wake up and work as early as 3am, and sleep early!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: If they like a single track I produce for them, I'll get asked to do more/an EP. I prefer doing one track at a time but can accommodate to the client.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating music has always been my passion, so it doesn't feel like work, I have a blast doing this.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I want you to be happy and proud of what I make for you, whatever it takes! Always be honest in your feedback, don't settle.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, its more efficient (time, money etc) and the quality is just as good.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: New on here, this will change over time!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Writing/recording a punk rock pop song (with my wife actually) for a online show brief, a few hip hop instrumentals for another cable show, and finishing a pop album for my side project/alias as "Destify".
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I cowrote and produced a few tracks with my friends Josh Jones and Jeremy Birscher who wrote "Taste The Feeling" for Coca-Cola, and they are going to release them on their artist project "Boomeo" through a company called Marmoset this year. It was just a lot of fun making great music with friends (we drank a lot of scotch throughout the process!)