I do vocal mixing and song mastering
I'm on a small record label called Lazy Tree Records and I mix and master all my own vocals. I've mixed and mastered for small artists such as Okay(K) and Aero Sandhill and I'm looking to increase the number of people I've mixed and mastered for. I'm 16 years old and have been working on my vocal production since I was about 13. I'm looking to go to college for music sound production, which includes mixing and mastering. I have been using FL Studio 12 for nearly 4 years now and can make everything I mix and master sound radio-friendly, given that there is nothing wrong with recordings (i.e. background noise, distortion, etc.) I average over 10,000 streams on everything I have put out on Spotify. I am a rapper/singer as well. Thank you
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Interview with Kyle Margison
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Vocal mixing and mastering. People send me an instrumental and then their vocal takes, then I mix and master the song
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Currently, it's Juice WRLD, XXXTENTACION, Tyler, the Creator, and Post Malone
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio with a Rode NT1 microphone paired with the Rode AI-1 audio interface. I use a pair of PreSonus Eris E3.5 studio monitors hooked up to my PC (which I built myself). I have a Yamaha keyboard that I have hooked up to FL Studio with a MIDI to USB cable. My walls are acoustic treated to get the best sound I can.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I'm making a song for myself (whether it be for an album or just a single), I usually go find a beat on YouTube (I suck at making beats) and start writing to it. Once I write, I record directly in FL Studio, so I don't have to go through the hassle of transferring files from Audacity to FL. After I record, I usually do a rough mix and master to get an idea of how the song is going to sound, then I buy a lease to the beat then finish the song. I spend more time mixing and mastering my music to give it that professional sound than I do actually writing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can bring pretty much anything, lyrics wise. I can be cocky, depressing, arrogant, whatever you want. When it comes to mixing, I'll tweak around with specific settings of plugins until you get a sound that you like
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Personally, I feel that my strongest skill is mixing and mastering, closely followed by lyrics
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on rap/pop music, but I'm fine with doing pretty much whatever
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: After you mix and master a song, listen to it on at least 5 different speakers, to ensure that it sounds good on pretty much everything. I listen to a song on my headphones, my studio monitors, my phone speaker, a Bluetooth speaker, my earbuds and occasionally car speakers
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Witt Lowry, hands down. His emotion that he puts into his music is phenomenal. Also, not to mention that I think his vocal production could be a lot better
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Chill. That's the style I've been going with recently. Just something that you could sit back and smoke to, as well as get in your feels. I try to make people feel what I feel with my songs
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Honestly, I'm not sure, as I'm still in high school, but I've been doing this for going on 4 years now, and my growth as an artist is incredible.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My mic, my PC, my audio interface, my headphones, and my WiFi router
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please try to get the best quality you possibly can in your recordings. It makes everything much easier, as we don't have to go through and individually cut out every time you go quiet to get rid of background noise
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What type of gear they use, what type of sound they want, usually what their snapchat/instagram is so I can get in contact with them easier, stuff like that.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That mixing is easy. It's not. Getting the vocals properly leveled and making it sound professional (ESPECIALLY with a lower budget microphone, like the Blue Yeti) is quite difficult.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Honestly, I don't get asked any questions except for "Yo can you hurry up?" It takes a while to get a sound that I personally like and other people like.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Just experimenting and trying out different styles. Recently, I've been using a lot more plugins with my mixes than I have before, and I'm absolutely loving how everything is turning out.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That if you don't like how something sounds, I'll keep redoing it until you like how it sounds.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I personally use digital because it's easier and I PERSONALLY can't hear a difference between analog and digital
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't know anyone on SoundBetter yet, sadly.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on a lot. I'm working on a solo EP and a collab EP with my good friend Witto. I'm also working on stuff with my label.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The EP I'm working on right now. It's MILES better than my album that I have coming out on Friday (October 25th, 2019 for you future people) and I'm about halfway done with it. Even looking back at a song I released 8 months ago, there is a drastic change in the quality and just sound of the music, as I personally feel that song (not going to say) is horrible compared to what I'm working on now, and a lot of my friends agree with me. I'm handling all the songwriting and mixing for the project.