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Interview with Brooke Nevius
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: creating tracks, mixing audio, creating loops
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Charlie Puth, Billie Ellish, Calvin Harris
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My at-home studio features a Mac laptop, Akai MPK Mini Midi Keyboard, and a Focusrite 2i2, but I also have access to multiple different synths 5 days a week.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I am starting from complete scratch or solely lyrics, I normally create a chord progression and start creating tracks of different instruments based on that chord progression. Once I've created a song, I start the mixing and mastering process.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the skills of being able to play piano and acoustic guitar, as well as good mixing skills.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Instrumental wise would be piano, but production wise would be mixing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I normally work on pop or singer/songwriter music, but sometimes I work on hip hop or electronic music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Before deciding you are done mixing and mastering a song, listen to it not only on your studio speakers, but also on studio headphones and normal headphones to make sure it sounds okay, because most listeners use normal headphones and sometimes different sources make a song sound different.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Charlie Puth because not only is he a singer/songwriter, he also produces his own albums.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing this for about three years, since I was in high school, and now I am currently studying music technology in college so I can perfect my skills and network with other artists.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac laptop, akai mpk mini, condenser microphone, studio headphones, and a Focusrite 2i2.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure the provider is skilled in the area you are asking for work in and communicate clearly.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That producing and editing a song is easy because most people listen to music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They ask for samples of previous work and I send it to them. Also, they ask if I am passionate about what I do and I respond that yes I am because ever since I was introduced to the piano at age 4, I haven't been able to stop playing, listening, and making music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to work with music all day.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I working on creating instrumentals to go along with a songwriters lyrics.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One of the first times I worked on a song with a singer/songwriter, I was able to truly see what the process was like when a songwriter gives you a set of lyrics and you need to add musical backing to them. We were able to bounce ideas off of each other easily and professionally. With their permission, I was able to add it to my portfolio that I submitted to the college I currently attend, and it was my interviewers favorite piece in the portfolio.