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Interview with AMReed8
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love creating happiness and good memories.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: GEAR Keyboards Yamaha P95B Alexis V49 Korg Nano Basses Samuel Eastman 3/4 Contrabass German and French Bows Fender P Bass (Chrome Red) Dean Evo Bass (Mahogany) Dean Pace Bass (Black) Hofner Violin Bass (Wood) Ibanez 5-String Roadster (Orange) Guitars Pottery Barn Electric Guitar (Black with White Dots) Mahar Acoustic Guitar (Wood) Ukuleles Lanikai LU-21CE (Wood) Makala MK-SD/OR (Orange) Drums Simmons SD Xpress 2 Electronic Drums Latin Percussion Giovanni Compact Conga Software Sonar Cakewalk Music Creator 7 Notion 5 MuseScore Kontakt 5 (Full Version) Garritan Person Orchestra 3 Hardware M-Audio Fast Track Roland Bass Cube-30 Samson Meteorite
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I make beats only. I love to compose for orchestral music as well.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your musical goals? How long have you been doing this?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always contact any potential provider.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: One electric bass (not sure which one), my upright bass, my 88-key Yamaha, my DAW, and my computer.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing piano since the age of eight. I started composing on the violin when I was nine. Then I switched to the double bass and electric bass at ten. I got my first DAW at 15. So, basically, I've been doing this since 2002.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Quantize, quantize, quantize!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on indie pop, EDM, and some trap.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is transcribing syncopated and complex rhythms to notation.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring quality, yet speed.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to all types of genres to get inspiration and use their music to influence my music.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm really into Alan Menken, despite the fact that I produce for indie pop.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work that I do for clients is drum beat making.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Broadway meets indie pop/EDM/trap.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Alan Menken. He is my hero and his music is so catchy.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An new EP.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog is classic and has heat AND digital is more portable.