To the point: I'm a beat maker, music producer, and vocal mixing engineer. My style is heavily influenced by many styles of electronic music, expanding from house to ambience, downtempo to pop beats. Even if I haven't made that genre I'm always up for a challenge.
My name is Slater Manzo. Writing isn't a passion of mine at all, but writing music has been since I was ever so young, and when I learned I could make a full song on my mom's computer at 12 years old, well there was no stopping me.... unless my mom asked for her computer back for her photography work.
I have over 12 years of music experience, and I've been professionally making music for the last 6 years. Ranging from personal projects to corporate, commercial and non-profit organizations, I've made many styles and genres of music.
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Interview with Slater Manzo
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My top request is usually full production work, including recording, sound designing, all the way to mastering the final product. Second is mixing engineer/designing. Third is vocal processing/tuning/comping.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I've always been inspired by many sources. Though my top influences for mixing are: Kill The Noise, Quincy Jones, Deadmau5, Oliver Top influences for music production: A-Trak, Tycho, Lizzo, Solar Fields General Faves: everyone listed
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in essentially the worst possible space for mixing with a professional monitor/desk set up. Which is why I turn out a good mix. Why though? An incredible amount of ear-training throughout my life and I can't rent a studio quite yet. Working between so many studios and set ups, and also dedicating to ear-training in multiple kinds of spaces has given me so much experience with sound.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'm generally easy-going worker, where I take my time throughout my day to jump in and out of projects. When Im working on the project, I'm efficient, moving quickly and know exactly what I want to go for with a sound. On breaks, I will listen back even while doing some cleaning/housework so I can reference changes I need to make. I can also handle pressure, short deadlines and quick turn-arounds.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: That umph it needed.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing the full production.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic styles, mixing between indie pop, dance, house. I've also worked on rock, heavy rock songs.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Did you high pass it yet?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande. They would all be so good on a house beat/pop song.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Pop-influenced house music. A mix of chill to hype bangers.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Audio interface, headphones, keyboard, beatpad
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you love your project? Does it light up the fire within you?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I only make one style of house music
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being constantly inspired by others' work.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Professional Radio Ready Realness
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both cuz this is still one of the weirdest debates in our industry.