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Interview with Kyle Parker Smith KPS Audio
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I’m just an engineer. I’m a musician and a producer when it’s feels good and all of the above. I work on music everyday, sound is the just the medium.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take your time to make sure your project is finished and ready before sending it to the next stage (mixing)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: NS10’s, sm57, a laptop, an Apollo, and protools.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Denver > Burbank. I’ve been doing this since I was 16 years old, which was 2011.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I put my whole self into everything I do.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Anyone who wants to make music together.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Just be yourself. Write what you want to write and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Music is a collaborative process though, so be able to recognize when a good idea is a good idea, no matter who comes up with it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All kinds.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My feel and patience it takes to get things done right.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I want the listener to be invited into the song and enjoy it on repeat or an album on repeat forever. Love to do unique projects that sound truly like the person who’s making them and help them stand the test of time.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, engineering, and production.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Contact for more info. Varies/client.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music and helping people.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you listen to? What are your references? What are your goals for this project?
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Contact for info.