What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are your goals with these tracks? Do you have any references (as in who do you want it to sound like; a certain song from a certain artist or band)?
Can you share one music production tip?
No matter what gear or set-up you use or can afford, it all comes down to mastering what you have.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I just did a mix of a live song for a church nearby. I was the mixer/producer. I am proud of it because while I usually work on synth driven material, this had none of that, and it was a live recording. I felt I impressed myself because I didn't know if I could do it or not being outside of my usual type of workload.
What are you working on at the moment?
Possibly a 10-track live album. Tracks for a 2016 release from electronic/industrial act Candy Berlin. Some other one-off singles in the pop/singer-songwriter genres. Currently getting certified in Mastering.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Trevor Fedele out of NYC. I only had him do one project for me, but I was very very pleased. Look him up.
Analog or digital and why?
After many years of this ole debate, I concluded that I personally don't care. Times change. Use what you have and do the best you can.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will give you what you want.
What do you like most about your job?
It's what I love to do with my life. It also offers a very flexible schedule so I can do many things with my wife and kids.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
I tend to forget that my view of music is different from others. While I am thinking in great detail of arrangement, balance, sonic frequencies, etc., usually the other person is thinking does it just sound great. Usually questions just tend to be about a certain way they want it to sound. It varies.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I don't work or have a job. I think most people think that about those involved in the arts.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Check out the sound samples. Ask questions and be up front about your needs.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Could you really take gear assuming there is no electricity?
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
"Born in 1985 south of Birmingham, AL, Channon’s love of electronic synth driven music is the last musical route one would suspect from a southern boy raised on classic rock. With a firestorm passion for music that went from spark to flame in 1998 after hearing a version of David Bowie’s ‘Cat People (Putting Out Fire), he would perform and eventually release his own material under the pseudonym Nikki Phoenix with the band BLACKICE.
A decade into the 2000’s saw him move to Orlando and graduate from Full Sail University with an Associate’s in Recording Arts and a Bachelor’s in Music Business followed by further certification from Point Blank’s Electronic Music School in London.
Since 2010, Channon has founded indie label White Strings Records, started a new group reminiscent of Depeche Mode and Gary Numan… Candy Berlin, and has gone on to mixing, producing and remixing as a full-time opportunity."
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Depeche Mode because I am in this line of business because of their music.
What type of music do you usually work on?
If a track has a synth in it, then it is up my alley. I love mixing songs that don't too, but from a production and creative standpoint, I lean toward synths.
What's your strongest skill?
OCD and time. They are also my weakest links. I use them to make sure your song(s) are 110% where YOU want them to be and sound. I bring my knowledge to the table and spend more than enough time and critiques to give you exactly what you want... not exactly what I want. These songs are your babies.
What do you bring to a song?
Perfection. I spend way too much time trying to get a mix 110% where it should be.
What's your typical work process?
When I begin a project, it involves me disappearing, drinking a lot of coffee and tea, and growing my beard out. Checking the final mix too many times. I like to break a day or two and go back to check it all again. Repeat until happy. Go back to normal life.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I can do the majority of things in Logic Pro X. My external gear is listed above.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
In no order... Depeche Mode; Gary Numan; Brendan O'Brien; Rob Zombie; Trent Reznor; Human League; Ian Anderson; Roger Waters; Rush; too many...
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
My #1 focus is mixing. I receive the tracks, and handle all aspects of each song up unto the mastering stage. While I prefer to work with an artist side-by-side from creation to product, mixing also is a remote opportunity for those artists that cannot be here in person.