EDM Artist/Producer. Ableton Live User. Protools Certified "Operator." Mixing and Mastering Engineer. Recording Engineer. Remixer.
Hello! My name is Paisley and I'm an EDM artist in Southern California. I've been producing music on Ableton Live for 3 1/2 years now, and for the past year I’ve worked on Protools in the recording studio located in Norco College. I had the unique opportunity to learn production and recording techniques from an industry professional, my professor Brady Kerr. Together we've recorded almost 80 songs together, and have mixed and mastered one 32-song album. I recently released my debut EDM album, "Eventide", featuring some insanely talented vocalists on each track! Through these experiences and also studying music production for my degree, I've gained significant knowledge on audio production and recording. I'm able to produce songs for you, mix and/or master your files, record you in a studio environment, and remix songs if you'd like it reinterpreted!
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Interview with Paisley
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: deadmau5, Kaskade, and Chris Lake.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work off my Macbook Pro and Ableton Live 9. I prefer being able to work anywhere.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I'm producing, I'll start with by laying down a simple groove & build a nice 8-bar loop. Then the focus for me is how to create a new section for the song. Once I've got two different sections, making them transition into each other is the only thing left. If I'm mixing, getting organized is key. Once everything is neat, I like to mix groups of instruments, one at a time. Then once all the categories are done, balancing each category (drums with bass, vocal with drums). The end result usually brings a pretty good starting point for fine tuning. Mastering for me is usually just a few instances of compressing and some subtle EQing. The very end involves using a limiter for volume boosting.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think I bring about a unique sense of melody and rhythm. I pride myself on beautiful melodies, chord progressions, and pulsing drums.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think dance music production is my strongest skill. I've been studying and practicing it for the past 2 and 1/2 years.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My favorite style of music to work on is house music. There's a bunch of different types, but the style I make the most is progressive/electro or tech house.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mixing and mastering won't change a bad melody or musical idea. Fix the idea first, then make it sound "better".
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to be able to work with Kaskade. He seems like such a nice dude, and an all-around musician, so working with him seems super fun!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style sounds a lot like if Kaskade and deadmau5's music had a baby. I think the people who've inspired me have also greatly inspired my sound.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been producing for the past 2 and 1/2, and I've been studying music production at Norco College for the past year. I'm also a certified ProTools User.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacbookPro, Behringer Neutron, headphones, charger, and midi controller
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be afraid to openly communicate!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is it you're trying to achieve? How can I help you reach that goal?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think the biggest misconception about being in the music industry is that you need to be a superstar to be successful.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How fast can you work? Usually if I'm producing, I can get an idea down within an hour, and if I'm in the zone, I can get a song almost done within 4-6 hours.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to do what I love, meet awesome people, and visit beautiful places!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to give all of my effort and knowledge into your project.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog because scientifically it's more precise.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have an EP coming out by the end of summer!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: About 2 weeks ago I released my debut album! It's titled "Eventide" and I produced each of the tracks. I worked with my mentor and classmates to song-write and record vocals for each of the songs. It's now available on all streaming platforms!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Operating a DAW (Ableton/ProTools) to produce, record vocals, or instruments. Mix and Master tracks.