Producer and Engineer for Mick Jenkins "The Waters'. All around HipHop and R&B producer/engineer/
I offer affordable quality recording, mixing, mastering and beat production. Quick turn around times on mixes and masters plus up to 3 free edits on all mixes.
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Interview with SolarFive
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because of the mobility. But I don’t think I could ever be 100%
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to try my best with your record and be 100% transparent.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like the creative process of bringing records to life.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I can make anything sound like it’s supposed to be on the radio.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision for the record? Do you have any reference tracks? What vibe are you going for? How do you want this record to make people feel?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I can only make what you send me sound better. So if your original recording isn’t up to par don’t expect a miracle.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, headphones, the Apollo twin, u87, and mpc2000.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path has been music for my entire life.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a mix of aquatic grit with a clean smooth jazz to it.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Kendrick Lamar because the sounds he produces and comes out spectacular.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A great input produces a great output.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on hip hop/r&b records.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is making a record move through effects and other tricks.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a unique clean sound to dirty records. I also bring an attention to detail and a passion for making all elements of a record fit well In the audio spectrum.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I spend a good amount of time vibing to the music and planning what I want the record to sound like. Then I clean everything up, after that I throw the “sauce” on it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run mostly through an Apollo twin interface with Yamaha hs05 and hs08’s, an Avalon vt 737 and various synths and sound modules. Also an LA2A and many other analog effects racks In the mastering studio.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dave Pensado is a major influence. Young Guru, 40, and MixedbyAli are other influences. As far as beat making, J Dilla, SouthSide, Zaytoven, Timbaland, and The HeatMakerz are some of my influences.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly do pre and post production work with rap and r&b artists. Mixing and mastering plus instrumental production.