Hello, my name is Youceff, and making music is my passion. I produce, compose, and record as YUS. You can find most of my music on major streaming services, just look up Talisman or El Yunque, and you should find it. I work out of my home studio in Downtown Los Angeles, and have experience working with just about every genre.
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Interview with Youceff Kabal
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My 4th studio album.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, I don't really have the time.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Not to rip them off, I'll work with your budget.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like hearing new music, and seeing people's passions.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's better to DIY. Sometimes it's nice to have someone who can help and let you focus on your actual craft.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's their budget, what experience they have being in a studio with a producer, if they have any demos I can listen to.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Check out YUS on Apple Music/Spotify and be realistic about what you want. I can make you sound great, but I can't make you be Kanye, or Billie Eilish. We're all different.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: bass, tuner, looper, mixer, microphone
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been all over the place. Most recently was working in the web hosting industry, but I'm taking a break from that to focus on music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Melodic, and chill.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kanye, it would be an honor. I would just like to see how he thinks and how he approaches working in the studio from scratch.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sleep over it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All kinds, I'm more of a singer myself, so usually I sing, but I've worked with rappers, and instrumentalists as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ears, or aural perception.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My own music and ideas. I'm really good at it. I have great rhythm, attention to detail, appreciation for organic music, and great execution.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I'm recording someone else, I will ask to get a demo of the song before beginning the session. I need homework to prepare accordingly. We then setup a time that works best for the artist. We record, and arrange, and get it mixed right then and there. I might do some additional tweaks the next day, as a fresh pair of ears is key. When it's ready I'll send the final mix to the artist, and leave room for 2 revisions.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have two Yamaha HS7 powered studio monitors that give a great reference point. Peavey USB mixer with auto-tune functionality. AKG D5 dynamic microphone, great all around. Yahama classical guitar. Hofner bass guitar. Lykke Li's tambourine. Alesis SamplePad Pro for performed drums.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kanye West, Ruben from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Kevin Parker, Jai Paul, all of Lil Peep's producers, so Smokeasac, Nedarb, Slightbeats, Charlie Shuffler.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Microphone setup, guitar setup, overall audio engineering and recording prep. We then record, I'll give feedback on the take, and go from there. We can edit takes and arrange the song accordingly from there. Add harmonies when needed, correct timing, and add effects.