Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A project that I am especially proud of, is a record an up and coming singer/songwriter from around my way released, his name is Mark J. Morgan and the song is entitled "Easy To Love". The reason why I love that record so much, is because it was my first time recording multiple tracks at once, and the sound that we have accomplished with that record in particular was phenomenal. To the point, where I feel it established myself as a true music producer/audio engineer.
How would you describe your style?
My style is a juxtaposition between: Rap/Hip Hop, R&B/Soul, with a little hint/sprinkle of Pop at the end.
What's your typical work process?
First, I receive an e-mail from a client, about potentially working with them. From there, we will discuss in detail about the project they are working on and if I feel I could add value to their sound. Depending on the nature of project and the role that I am playing, I will either start sending them samples of my work (for if I am playing the role of being a music producer) or they will immediately start sending over their rough session files (for if I am playing the role of being an mixing and/or mastering engineer). From there, I tend to start listening to the rough files and start getting an idea of the song, as a whole. Once when I get an idea of the project, I will either start making musical ideas (for if I am being a producer) or I will start making little mixing ideas (for if I am being an engineer). And, from that point forward, I start fully committing myself to the project, until it's finished.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I am working on an up and coming singer/songwriter's album, where I am playing the role of both a music producer and audio engineer.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Digital is the way for me, currently. Mainly, because it saves a lot of time and money. Especially, in my workflow and with the amount of work I get, on a consistent basis.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
My 'promise' to my clients, is that I will not give up on the project and will relentlessly work on it, until it meets and/or exceeds your expectations.
What do you like most about your job?
What I like most about my job, is that I get to work with so many talented acts. Whether they are established, or just getting their feet planted on the ground. I like to work with as many creative people as possible.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Literally, the main question I get a lot is, "why aren't you famous?" or "why have I not found you early on?" lol. Honestly, I never have an answer to questions like that. I just know I put in the amount of work necessary, and whatever else happens, just happens. I don't chase fame.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception about what I do, is that I either just fiddle around with beats and/or just fiddle around with sound. For example, if I am producing a song. Most people think I am just in a room, making a bunch of nonsense, until the final product is completed. The same goes for when I am mixing and/or mastering a record. Because of my obsession with wanting the highest quality possible, and my continuous replay factor (meaning my constant willingness to replay a part lol), most people find it annoying and think I'm not doing anything to the production or mix. When in reality, I am making sure that each part is heard and makes sense.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What made you choose me for the project?
How can I add value to it?
Are there other collaborators already? If so, what are their roles?
What sound were you going for? What are some examples you can show me?
What are you doing differently from the examples you've shown me?
Do you have a deadline for the project? If so, when is the deadline?
Where is the project going?
Where would you like to see the project go?
Has there been success with your previous projects? If not, what steps would we have to take in order for this project to be successful?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
My advice to anyone who is looking to hire me as a provider, is to be passionate in whatever it is you do or make. Music is the sole code to our existence. It is what keeps us alive.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
If I was on a desert island, I would bring:
My computer (plus my charger, if there is power lol), headphones, Akai MPC Renaissance, M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 Keyboard, and my Universal Apollo Duo audio interface
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I am an artist at heart. Yet, I have been producing and engineering music, for over 5+ years, now.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
The main artist I would like to work with, is Kanye West. Mainly, because of how much passion he gives into his craft, and how much time he is willing to put in, with every project he works on. Whether it is music or fashion, you know Kanye West is going to put in 1,000% into it. And, that is what I stand on. Putting in 1,000% of energy.
Can you share one music production tip?
One music production tip I can give, is to make the music that moves your soul. Emphasize solely on the music that speaks to you, and don't worry about if it might make sense at first.
What type of music do you usually work on?
My main clients usually entail, Rap/Hip Hop and R&B/Soul. But, most recently. I have had the opportunity to work with a couple Pop artists and their projects.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill, is my ability to pay attention to detail. I have a huge achilles heel about sound and the way it is conveyed. I will continue to work on the project, until it meets and exceeds my clients demands and expectations. I like to go above and beyond for everyone I work with, no matter how big or small.
What do you bring to a song?
What I bring to a song, is passion. Someone once described my style as a musical and emotional rollercoaster. I like to take my listeners and clients on a journey, musically speaking. Where they feel like they are in a whole different world. Where they can get away from all of their troubles and problems that are going on in their lives, and have a safe haven to come to.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Apple 13-inch 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 MacBook Pro
Universal Apollo w/Twin Duo DSP Thunderbolt Audio Interface
2 Yamaha HS8 2‑way Monitor Speakers
Akai MPC Renaissance
M-Audio Axiom Pro Advanced 49 Keyboard MKII
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Hip Hop and R&B/Soul is mainly a lot of the music and production I am inspired by. Although, I take a vast interest in a lot of other artists and musicians, as well. Some include: Teddy Riley, Rodney Jerkins, Kanye West, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, and Alicia Keys, just to name a few.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Music Producer -
Gathering musical ideas for project(s), selecting songs and/or session musicians, proposing changes to song arrangements, coaching artists and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, and supervising the entire process through audio mixing (recorded music) and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage. Occasionally, taking on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules, contracts, and negotiations, depending on clients needs.
Audio Engineer -
Cleaning up raw uncompressed vocal files. (i.e. getting rid of unwanted noises, gasps, vocal breaths, etc.)
Adding effects to raw vocal files. (i.e. reverbs, delays, space imagining, etc.)
Making sure volume of raw individual vocal files are leveled properly in the mix.
Mixing down raw individual multitrack vocal files and balancing them with the instrumental track and blending them into a 2-track stereo mix.
Mastering 2-track stereo mixes, making final edits/revisions to mixes, and making sure mixes properly translate on other platforms. (i.e. car stereos, laptop speakers, cellular speakers, etc.)