As a producer/engineer, I aim for the most crystal clear, musically dynamic and pleasant mixes, while also making sure every aspect of the music is FELT. I've also worked and been in the studio with 808 Mafia
I've been making beats for 8 years, been engineering professionally for 4, and have my own studio in Alexandria Virginia.
My goal is to help myself and everyone I work with sound their best and grow to the level of artistry they want.
I specialize in rap/hip hop music, but I can do anything, and actually began my engineering career mixing metal music.
I have a beatstore through beatstars, and offer mixing and mastering services.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
Interview with ProdByEsse
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Day to day I record artists in my home studio, I have a full setup with a booth, a Warm Audio WA251, an ART Tube MP/C Preamp/Compressor, as well as WAVES Diamond, and Autotune 8, among other plugins. I typically track and mix artists within their sessions, but I also mix/master songs outside when necessary. I do many mixes and masters for clientele I've met online, and I produce, providing beats for artists I believe in.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm really inspired by the work of Seth Firkins (RIP), Alex Tumay, Southside, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Metro Boomin, countless producers. I'm also inspired by other producers in my collective Omniverse, and we collaborate often in order to better ourselves and spread our name/influence.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Scarlett 2i2, Warm Audio WA251, Art MP/C Preamp/Compressor. I use Alesis 3inch monitors, which luckily I've used for so long I understand how everything translates with them. I have the full waves diamond bundle of plugins, as well as some other plugins like output portal, the Scheps 73, Vocalsynth 2, and Izotope Ozone 5. For production, I have 8 Guitars, An electric grand piano, as well as omnisphere, electrax2, nexus, dune2, hybrid, and a handful of other plugins.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I use a WA251 into the Art MP/C Preamp/compressor, which then runs into my laptop running FL studio, I have a fully fledged template, set up with waves plugins, 1073 modelers, and reverb/delay which I typically use as a bone structure to start mixes from. It also sounds really good when recording artists live, which helps them get into the vibe and imagine their performance with a glimpse of a finished product.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to enhance everything I work with, I like to think that as much as we may have our own opinion/taste as to what sounds good, if you're trying to truly connect with an artist and help them grow/evolve, you need to focus on giving them direction and steering them to a good path instead of bluntly trying to change what they're doing. I usually hear from clients that after recording with me once, they feel like their goals are even more achievable, and love the speed with which I work too. I have a good ear for creative touches to songs, and usually try to do whatever I can to add some flavor, and spark to a track. Not only do I aim for the clearest sounding mixes, but I like to add drops, throw effects on vocals, stutters, chops on instrumentals, and more to songs, all to bring the energy forward. That being said though, I value simplicity so I simply always try to make sure a song sounds good, no matter what the source material was.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill as of right now is probably my producing, but my mixing is right behind. I always focus on producing on top of everything, and have been a musician far longer than I've been an audio engineer. But, I really love the added control of a song you get with engineering, which is why I've gotten to where I am with it today. Plus, they both go hand in hand with one another.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: These days, rap. But I do everything, I started engineering my old metal band out of lack of $$$ to pay someone to mix us, and I've mixed been able to anything from singer songwriter to synth pop. My Favorite music to work on though is autotune rap.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overthink what you're doing, a common mistake new producers make is learning a bunch of stuff at once, and applying it to an extreme to every beat they make. It's not bad, but typically people forget that vocals are going to go over the entire instrumental as well, so I think valuing simplicity and space with an open eye on the engineers job afterwards is important. Especially since so many people rap on 2 tracks these days.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Future, Young Thug, or Lil Uzi Vert. These 3 artists are what led me down this path, and I resonate with their music. I feel like they were the artists that I was listening to nonstop when I first started making beats because their producers were all inspirations to me. I feel like I've evolved and came up with my own sound though, and after recording artists who like those styles as well, I can't help but think if they hopped on my beats it would be amazing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: As an engineer, simple but intricate. I always aim to make everything clear, but I spend time messing around with lots of plugins and weird tricks to help the mix fit the vibe of the song. As a producer, I either chop samples or play keys out myself, and I do all sorts of sounds. Typically though, if there were an "esse type beat," It would probably be high energy, high bounce factor, trippy melodies. I guess I like to make music to get high to!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I got fl studio in 2011, and promptly started making EDM. I had played guitar and drums before that, and started learning piano because of percussion class in band. EDM Lasted about a month before I started playing in bands and messing around trying to record music on fl studio, and eventually started learning to mix for my old metal band. After that, I heard Future's Thought it was a drought and instantly thought I could make beats like that, and started making beats everyday. This was in 2015. At the same time, I started engineering as well, because I would record myself and my few friends that rapped so I could learn how to record, mix, master, and also how it feels to be an artists going over your own beats. Since then, I've been working at it daily and briefly did a few internships/paid jobs in a couple studios in the DMV area, before setting up shop in my apartment to work freelance. All in all, 8 years of production experience and 4 of engineering experience.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming there was no electricity, an acoustic guitar, a trumpet, a drum set, a saxophone, and a violin. I already play drums and guitar, but I've always wanted to learn the others. Just never had the time!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be organized! I prefer to have named stems so I know what is what, in order to organize them myself in the mixer. I also like stems consolidated, so i can just drop them all in my DAW without having to move them around. If you have any sort of desires/wishes, don't be afraid to ask before I mix! I love trying to do weird things and I know a lot of artists can be shy/insecure with adding stuff to songs, but I usually do that anyways. Likewise, if you don't like something I did, it's no problem to take it out and go back. Just know I'm here to help YOUR vision.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your music goals? What sound are you going for? Not everyone wants clean mixes, some want raunchy/raw mixes, do you want any added drops/stutters/FX or production from my part? etc.