Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
The project I'm most proud of is "Unbelievable feat. Ane" this was my first creation where I produced, wrote, mixed and mastered. I had the opportunity to work with one of my favorite vocalists to create something original which is currently being played at top retail stores such as: Uniqlo, American Apparel, DKNY and New York & Co.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on a few more singles then plan to finish up some remix projects which can be so much fun!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Not at the moment but check back with me soon and I'm sure I could recommend a few. It's all about sharing so theres no need for me to do every job that comes my way. If I find someone that fits you better, then I shall send them your way.
Analog or digital and why?
Though I respect and admire Analog sound I would say Digital because we are in the future and sounds are becoming more realistic than ever. My huge digital music library and big powerful Plug-in's are all I need these days. Why not be minimal and clean when its available and at your fingertips?
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise unique and quality sound. No generic stuff coming from this guy.
What do you like most about your job?
Music is my life so it doesn't feel like a job. Thats the best feeling, to get paid for what you love doing.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Clients mostly ask, how long will it take. My answer, a few days but remember patience is key to quality.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Many people think I only love listening to dance music, but I actually enjoy listening to other genres of music for my inspiration.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
My questions usually are, what sound/style are you looking for, and can you provide me with some references to other songs so I understand more clearly what you need. Being a professional DJ, you give me one song to hear, I'll have 20 others in my head. We can go back and forth until we find the right sound.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Come to me with open arms. My ego will never overpower your needs as a client. Just respect and trust my skills and you'll have a quality product.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
I would take a conga, bongo, cowbell, shaker & small classic piano.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
From a young kid bedroom beat-boxing to DJ'ing nightclubs as a young adult, my career path has shifted from a Hip-Hop foundation to full throttle Dance music. I have been producing for over a Decade and DJ'ing for 15+ years. Next I plan to own my own record label and Artist agency.
How would you describe your style?
My style is funk & soul based. If it has no soul, its not coming from me.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Easy answer. I want to work with Prince because he's... Prince!
Can you share one music production tip?
Biggest tip I can say is, low end can be your enemy if not mixed correctly. It takes up the most space in a mix, so don't be afraid to scoop some of it out so your higher frequencies can breathe.
What type of music do you usually work on?
House music is where my heart is at. I love to dance and love to watch people dance. Mainly Soulful or Percussive House is what you'll tent to hear in my original creations, however I love a little Pop music here and there.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is mixing. My ears are extremely sensitive and can hear everything in a mix. My focus is big sound with clean and precise vocal and instrument placement.
What do you bring to a song?
The goal is to keep music sounding current and futuristic without loosing the elements of "real instruments". Whether its percussion, pianos or horns, I like to keep the classic energy sounds alive.
What's your typical work process?
Typically I start off with a fresh cup of coffee to get my mojo flowing, then start up a drum pattern, followed by a neat bass line. Next I tent to record my self humming melody ideas, and play a few piano chords to get a foundation solid. After a few hours I take a short break to refresh my ears and continue the magic.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio set up used to be pretty big full of expensive equipment I rarely used. Now I focus on minimalism where trusty speakers, headphones and big quality Plug-Ins are your main weapons for quality music. It's not so much what you have, but how well you use it.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
My main inspirations are James Brown, Prince, Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx, The Cube Guys, Fort Knox Five, Cee-Lo Green, Pharrell Williams & Mark Ronson.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mainly focus on House music production with my clients. I also tend to be the go to guy for mixing and mastering instrumental and vocal projects.