Maurice A. Alexander II, “MALEX” is a Grammy Award Winning, Double-platinum audio engineer and music producer. He has a passion for delivering quality mixing & mastering, and cutting edge music production.
Specializing in genre-breaking sound design, music production, artist mentoring & development, as well as team building and collaboration, MALEX is technologically resourceful and gifted; devoted to the musical arts and the diverse group of creative, skilled people that have a desire to expand and grow their craft.
He has worked on projects for artists such as Common, Eminem, Gladys Knight, Jordan Fisher, Nigel Rivers, Raekwon, Sarah Jaffe, Sikwitit, Sivion, Spike TV, Symbolyc One (S1), Dee-1, Tha Kracken, VohnBeatz & ATG (BlackSwan), Petey Pablo, Yaves Ellis, and many more.
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Interview with MALEX
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Gladys Knight's new single "Just a Little". I had to opportunity to work with an icon. Gladys was very impressed by my work and I learned a lot from her.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Projects for Common, Gladys Knight, Eminem, and Jon Connor
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Use the right tool for the job. They both have their place in the sonic landscape of music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Quality, and a finished product WE can be proud of.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating new and exciting art
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What do you think of this song? The absolute truth... constructively.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anyone with a computer and software can do it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the overall vision of this project.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Put 100% of your heart into your project and I'll match that.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro, Universal Audio Apollo, Ableton Push 2, Yamaha HS8 Monitors, Neumann U87 Mic
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working in all aspects of music creation for the past 25+ years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Cutting-edge, Impactful
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Timbaland. He is the most diverse producer I have ever seen. Everything he produces is quality work in my opinion. Even if I do not care for the song itself, I can respect the quality of the work.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always make sure your drums are on point.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I most often work on genre breaking music that floats in between Hip hop, Pop, R&B, and EDM. I am a music lover at heart and love to work on any genre.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a creative producer's perspective, as well as a technical engineer's perspective. I am also a song writer, so I can help with vocal production if needed.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I wear many hats so, my process changes based on my project role. As an engineer, I will assess what needs to be done based on the genre of music. I typically organize the session, both in hardware and software, so there are no interruptions in the creative process. Once the recording has been completed, I switch to a more technical workflow, ready to analyze and sculpt, to make sure the sound quality is at a very high level.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9, Pro Tools 11, Waves Mercury, Slate Digital, Yamaha Monitors, Native-Instruments Komplete 10, Maschine, Kontrol S61, Universal Audio Complete, Apollo...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Timbaland, Symbolyc One (S1), Focus, Young Guru, J Dilla, Nottz, Dem Jointz
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production, recording, mixing, and mastering. My clients want everything from basic recording to full turn-key productions.