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Chelly Jane is a charismatic & conceptual, multidisciplinary artist currently living in San Diego, CA. In her art-based music, she uses long-held theories about life to explore the relationships to our innermost and domestic spaces.
Bringing together her own blend of sounds from the late 80s, early 90s, and today’s mainstream artists, Jane creates sensual yet relateable compositions that engage mind, body, and soul. In addition to the mind/body focus of her music, Jane draws listeners in with the complexity of her wordplay, an essential element of her sound. This entrancing style of communication is all-encompassing, coming across both sonically in her work and in person.
In the last seven years, Jane has been creating her art-based music on the premise that “there is someone out there that can relate to this.” And in doing so has curated a style & sound that is all her own.
Chelly Jane (b. 1991) studied at The Art Institute of California - San Diego, finishing with a Bachelor’s of Science in Audio Production. It was through her education at AICASD that has not only increased her general knowledge of music theory & composition but has also availed a number of opportunities to work with influential individuals in the industry. Individuals such as David Cole, Joe Godfrey, DJ Rek, Triston Palmer and many more.
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Interview with Chelly Jane
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A majority of my work has involved RnB , Hip Hop and Neo Soul
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Missy Elliot, David Foster, Brian Michael Cox, Scott Storch, Chris Lord Alge
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently working with Slate hardware,Protools 12, Logic Pro, UAD plugins, Native plugins,
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Recording: I work as fast as the artist does, so if they come to the session ready to record the track it's usually smooth sailing from there. Should the client come and still have to find their sound I adjust the work flow to accommodate the artists and to make sure we maximize their time with me.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring constructive criticism to the song, if I feel like something can be done better before I focus on the post production I will consult with the artist what they would like to do with that information.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill would be the post productions process as well as the songwriting
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work with RnB, Hip Hop, Trap and Neo Soul. I have worked with Reggae as well
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's okay to go back and review your work, if your not fully in love with the track there is nothing wrong with revision.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac Pro, ProTools, U87 Mic, Yamaha Speakers, Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII QUAD 2x6 Thunderbolt Audio Interface with UAD DSP
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: if you are looking for vocal arranging, song structure, recording/mixing I'm your girl!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sound are you going for? What influences do you have in mind when creating your music? Who do you make music for? What would you like me to help you with?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I am not as knowledgeable in the sound of the genre that I mainly work with.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: What do your hourly rates start at? A: $50/hr
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the satisfaction of the artist getting exactly what they want or "better than I imagined".
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to be hardworking, honest with my communication on the entire process of what it is required of me to do with your music. Should there be anything that might hold me back in giving back your music in a timely matter it would be discussed with the artist as soon as possible
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: BOTH. Depending on the genre and vibe of the song I can't just pick one.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Basshead Beats (Production) DJ Rek (Production/ Engineer)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working with a few artist (singles) and songwriting for a couple artist in Southern California.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: IDWY - KACELYNN (Available now on iTunes) we working on this song from the bottom up. Orignal composition, songwriting, recording, mix/mastering
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Missy Elliot, I feel like she has embodied everything I strive to achieve as a woman in the production side of the music industry in front and behind the scenes.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Smooth, melodic, eclectic mix of retro RnB and contemporary West Coast hip hop vibes.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path would be to eventually to work full-time with songwriting and song composition. I've been doing this since 2009, Graduated with my B.S in Audio Production in 2013