I have been making music for 18 years. I have developed my own brand as a musician after years of education, experience, and banging my head *against a wall*. I can help you with writing, singing, rapping, recording, mixing, mastering, distribution, photography, graphic design, videography, release strategy, marketing, social management, & scaling.
You can say I've been around the block. I dropped out of high school when I was 17 to pursue a higher purpose and it has lead me here. Music is my life. I literally breathe it. I want to work with you because I am OBSESSED with designing sound. With your contribution, I want to pioneer new styles, revolutionize music creation, and leave a stamp on the world.
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Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Seven - Not Your Contemporary EP He didn't know there was a story in his music until I mixed his album. I payed really close attention to the emotions in the songs he was creating and very cautiously tinkered with tiny elements all throughout the album. Overall the aim was to lend the design to a story of a young man defeating his internal self doubt in a dramatic juxtaposition contrasting hopeful thinking and self reflection against a backdrop of depression and suicide. He cried. So did I.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Finishing up a solo project set to release Winter 2018.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new to this platform and I'm looking forward to meeting friends that I can put here!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Both offer something unique.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be happy with the project. Even if I have to pay for it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The look on someones face when I play their mix back on the speakers after I've spent all night shaping it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Where did you learn all this? Ruining thousands of songs.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think I make beats... I don't... I make them better ;)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Tell me the story. Why are you doing [this project]? Who is [this project]going to reach? What is your biggest influence behind [the project]?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you work with someone who shares YOUR vision. I keep hearing war stories of guys that seem to have too much of an opinion about something that isn't their's.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mic, Interface, Mac, Headphones, Guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar when I was 14. Tried rock bands of every shade but none of them fit me. Moved into hip hop and found a home. My brother, dad, and I started an indie label and worked with developing artists for over a decade giving them the hand up in the music industry they needed while teaching myself the ropes. Got married, had a kid, divorced. Now the label is taking a back seat while I pursue a solo career in music and continue to do what I love to do. Paint with sound.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A little of all the greats.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Justin Timberlake. He seems like someone I could have beers with.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Who are you talking to? Who are you telling your story to? What identifies them and how do you help them with that? Before you press record on ANYTHING, make sure this vision is very clear. What results from a clear vision is distinction in your tone and delivery. Purpose behind the sound you are creating. A reason for that combination of sounds to come together in such a way as to paint a picture in someones mind of something they've never experienced but believe they have, ONLY, because of the way that sound was packaged and given to them.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Anything vocal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vocal mixing and sound design.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: There are two big things I've found that make a hit larger than life. Emotion and story. I combine those elements when I am mixing to make sure that your words and melodies make the biggest impact they can. I am skilled in a wide range of vocal styles so it's second nature for me to tap into your core to elevate your delivery and enrich your sound by complimenting the things that make you unique.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It goes without saying of course, that everything depending on your project but I like to group things together. I'd love to get to know your influences so we can exchange some favourites to get the ball rolling. If you're working on an entire EP or Album send me the stems for everything grouped into folders that are easily identified so that I can import them easily without having to guess where things line up. Include reference tracks and notes for anything you'd like to see. If you're working with the singles game then send things over track by track in the same organized fashion. Give me some ideas as to the direction your heading with it and leave the rest to me. We can do limited revisions after that to make sure you get the project sounding the way you'd like.*(Make a list of edits so I can go back once to touch things up if needed. Anything over that may require additional charges but we can discuss when negotiating pricing etc.) And then we just wash rinse and repeat for as long as you dig what I do!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a very basic studio at home that includes a microphone, mixer, preamp, interface, & computer. I also have access to a full studio that has anything and everything else you can imagine. I do most of my work out of my home studio though.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I've spent most of my time with music created by the best to ever do it. A shortlist of some of the artists production styles I've studied include: Jay Z Lil Wayne Drake Post Malone Future The Weeknd But I am also influenced by the underdogs successes as well including: Bliss N Esso Nino Bless Invectrum Tom MacDonald Easy Mac Evrlove
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My biggest passion is recording and mixing music. All of my clients keep coming back because they appreciate one very important part of this process. The details. When I mix a track for you it's no longer your track. It's mine too. That's how much I care about what we create together. I treat everything as if it were going to make or break our career.