I bought my first beat-making program back in 2008 (Reason 3.0), and I've been hooked ever since. I'm obsessed with sonics, sound design & synthesis, audio plug-ins (Waves, Izotope, etc.), creative mixing techniques, trap music, hip-hop, intelligent lyrics and the entire process of putting this all together. I build stories through sound.
I make beats. Completely original. No sampling clearance necessary--I build every single element from scratch using MIDI notes in Ableton Live 10. This takes me a bit longer to create a track (usually 2 verses+2 hooks w/ intro and outro), but it's this creative process that drives me, fuels me.
I'm a self-taught mixing and mastering specialist, I have over $20k in high-end software on a Macbook Pro, but the most important thing I do is construct a unique sonic tapestry that no other producer on earth can duplicate.
If you want a truly original sound, a unique backdrop for your content, vocals, or anything else, give me a holler. What I provide is dynamic, unique and a completely original product.
My sound is a mixture of trap, pop, and hip-hop with EDM and techno influences. I mix and master all my own instrumentals.
If you're interested, I'd love to hear what your sonic vision is. I'll do my best to not only match that vision, but present a truly polished product that exceeds your expectations. I look forward to speaking with you.
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Interview with Savage Knomad
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Did an original song with a buddy of mine 2 years ago and it won a contest to be featured in a national MMA organization's premier TV spot.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm actually looking for 1-2 dope rappers/singers I can build a full-length project with. If that's you, please gimme a shout!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Mr. Mig of MaxxBeats.com. He's one of my mentors. Dope producer and great guy all-around.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. I feel I have more control over all of the elements.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will not leave our working arrangement without being fully satisfied. I maintain a high level of integrity in my work. My work is my name.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creative choices I make on a daily basis.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Them: How did you get so handsome? Me: I woke up like dis. Haha, j/k. I'm usually asked when they'll get the final mix to which I reply, 'Check your email. It's there already.' (Honestly, I don't have a good answer for this. Each project is diff in many ways.)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy and the process doesn't take much skill or time.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Where will the final mix be published? Whose sound do you want to best emulate? Who's your fav producer? Fav artist? How can I help your vision come to life?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Detail your vision as best as possible and provide 1-2 examples of what you'd like the finished product to sound like.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro, Apollo interface and KRK speakers. I need nothing else.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a hobbyist and now I've transitioned into doing this full-time. This has been my dream for quite some time, but I'm just now monetizing my passion for music production.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Eclectic, versatile, and somewhat strange, but always in the pocket.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: NF. He goes by his own rules. I like that. He doesn't need not one co-sign.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: To get your drums to truly pop out in a mix, use a combination of saturation and some sort of soft clipping device like Ableton Live's Glue Compressor.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Trap & Hip-Hop with a dash of contemporary R&B.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Drum programming, melody creation & mixing/mastering.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Complete originality and creativity. I use odd sounds and mixing techniques to create something I can be proud of. There's nothing wrong with using loops and samples, but I don't use them. Using pre-made material would lessen the enjoyment I get out of the process.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I play around with chords first until I get a 4-8 bar melody I like. Then I program the drums from scratch, mixing each element as I add it to the track. I'll create the hook section first, then arrange the beat by building up to that section. Mastering, of course, is saved for last.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Very minimal setup: Macbook Pro, Akai Midi Keyboard, and Rokit KRK monitors. I usually draw in all my Midi notes. The Apple trackpad is amazing for music production!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I've always looked up to Timbaland--he changed the contemporary sound of pop and rap music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is custom made productions, and after that, it's mixing and mastering projects for various genres.