My name is Kelvin, I'm an L.A. based musician with extensive musical training. I am a genre-bending artist that really enjoys creating lasting art with other artists on the planet. It’s a great time for us to create together. Let it be such.
I currently offer services which include, but are not limited to, songwriting, composing, producing, session work, and arranging music. I studied Music at Loyola Marymount University and have been a professional musician for 10 years. While I am a multi-genre producer, I specialize in Hip-Hop/R&B and Rock music.
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Interview with Kelvin McKay-Hill
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I colloborated on a track with a person from Canada and another person from Poland. Everything came together so fast. We started it on Friday and finished it by Sunday morning, complete with a video to go along with it. It was my favorite because it was quick and easy, but there was no stress to be perfect so it ended coming out really fun and relaxed
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it is easy to write music for a living. While it is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had, it definitely has not been the easiest.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take your time and make sure everything sounds the way you want it to sound but also try not to obsess so much that you never release anything
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on my own Untitled EP
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No unfortunately
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because it’s easy to work remotely with
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to always give you my best client in the shortest amount of time it takes me get that quality to you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to share music with other humans that I’d normally not get to meet without it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I often get asked how will it take to finish the track to which I respond, as long as it takes me to do it right.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking for sound wise? Who are some of your influences? Do you have any references? What is the timeline you have on finishing this project.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I’d advise that you read over the agreement and make sure that you are getting exactly what you want before you solicit an service provider
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My guitar, amp, pedalboard, microphone, and iPad
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a musician since I was 10 years old and have been doing it professionally for about 10 years
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is like is Prince teamed up with Ronnie James Dio and Ynwgie Malmsteen to make slow jams and ballads like Gary Moore. It’s a mixed bag. I studied Classical Guitar in college. I grew up listening to hip-hop and r&b. I participated in many plays in middle, high school, and college as a member of the cast and as a musician. I taught myself to play rock Guitar and metal and I’ve always loved the blues.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Thundercat. He has a very down to earth approach to incredible musicianship that I feel would really help me unlock my full potential.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Hip-Hop and R&B but I have the skills and technique to cover a wide variety of genres which include, but not limited to, rock, flamenco, Classical, blues, funk, jazz, and country music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is arranging. I can almost hear other parts that can immediately take your songs from being decent to sounding professional.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have a unique skill set in that I grew up in the technological era while learning all the old practices or recording, songwriting, and virtuosic instrument playing. With this unique set of schools, I’m able to create musical landscapes that would seemingly not go together. An example of that would how I seamlessly combine Metal and R&B on a track and Reggaeton and Traditonal Chinese Music on another one.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically listen to references then I start with whatever instrument I feel the sound calls for firstbut most often I start with drums or at least setting the tap tempo to record. I then map out a sketch of the song structure on paper, that I transfer into the DAW. After I get all the parts in order, I then go back and re-record the parts at a more accurate level. After this, I mix it the project and send it out.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I own 7 Guitars in total, a Piano, ukulele, harmonica, banjo, and Djembe. I record with vocals with the AT2020 and use GarageBand on my iPad as my DAW
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Prince, Michael Jackson, Tim Pierce, Eric Gales, Ed Gerhart, Ryan Ayers. I really enjoy reading about the stories of my favorite DIY musicians.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I most commonly produce tracks that I have performed Guitar, bass, and Piano on. In addition to that, I’ve been asked to compose music for film,tv, and social media. I have written songs for artists to perform as well