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Interview with Harmonic Keyz
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: That would have to be my first rap mixtape. It was a proud moment for me because it was the first time I rapped and mixed an entire album by myself.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on a rap/neo soul mixtape with a few local artist.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new to the site and don't know anyone who's partnered with sound better.com
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because of the easy convenience.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm going to give you the best I have to offer, musically.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with different artists and seeing the finished product.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Who have you worked with? How long have you been a producer?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy or it's not really work.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sound are you looking for? What's your budget? Where do you gain inspiration? Where do you aspire to be musically in the next 2 years?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Get to know the person that you're looking to work with before you work with them. From my experience, when I can connect with an artist out of the studio it helps with my creativity when working with them because I know their style.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: keyboard, laptop, speaker, drum machine, and microphone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path was always music production and I've been doing this for 10 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Rap blended with soul
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jill Scott because of her vocal abilities and what she brings to the table musically helps the producer to gain inspiration for her songs.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always be your own creative individual and never follow the trend but rather set the trend.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rap and Neo Soul
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The ability to create a ready song on the spot.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Inspiration from life and whatever vibe I catch from the artist that I'm working with.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually I'll pull a sample from Splice and build a full instrumental around it. Also, being a drummer sometimes I'll have a beat in my head and I'll lay the beat first and build rhythmic patterns around it. Once the beat is done being created in Logic, I'll drag all the files over to Pro Tools to mix and master and layer the track with vocals if I feel inspired to turn it into a song.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: -4 Studio monitors -Yamaha Motif -Samson C01U Condenser Mic -Simmons SD500 drumkit -DDrum D2 drum Kit -Digidesign 002 Control Surface -Behringer Audio Interface -Akai APC40
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Victor Wooten, Rick Ruben, Dennis Chambers
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Beat making and mixing.