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Interview with AMReed8
What are you working on at the moment?
An new EP.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Analog is classic and has heat AND digital is more portable.
What do you like most about your job?
I love creating happiness and good memories.
Tell us about your studio setup.
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
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I make beats only. I love to compose for orchestral music as well.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are your musical goals? How long have you been doing this?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Always contact any potential provider.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
One electric bass (not sure which one), my upright bass, my 88-key Yamaha, my DAW, and my computer.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
How would you describe your style?
Broadway meets indie pop/EDM/trap.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Alan Menken. He is my hero and his music is so catchy.
Can you share one music production tip?
Quantize, quantize, quantize!
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work on indie pop, EDM, and some trap.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is transcribing syncopated and complex rhythms to notation.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring quality, yet speed.
What's your typical work process?
I listen to all types of genres to get inspiration and use their music to influence my music.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm really into Alan Menken, despite the fact that I produce for indie pop.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common work that I do for clients is drum beat making.