I don't have any awards yet, but almost my entire life has been dedicated to music, and I've worked extremely hard for 10 years in music production to develop a very competitive & professional sound.
I'm a 25 year old musician and producer with life-long experience. I started guitar lessons when I was just 7 years old. I got into music production and started recording artists when I was 15. I've toured the US when I was just 16. And by the time I was 21, I opened a commercial studio I personally built with some help of friends. My specialty is probably mixing and producing rock or metal music, although in the 10 years I've been doing production I've had experience with most genres and most of my projects are full production from the recording to the mastering.
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Interview with Jake Kalka - Reddwire Studio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: It would have to be The Forest EP by Siva, because that's my own band and holds a special kind of value to me as an artist and engineer/producer. I wrote, produced, recorded, edited, mixed, and mastering the entire thing.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on improving my skill as an engineer, and that will probably never stop.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Personally? I'm not sure, I'd have to check.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Personally, I'll go with digital. Nothing wrong with a hybrid set-up, but these days the digital technology advancements have come to point where making a great record can be done 100% in the box, and it's significantly more cost effective. Just ask Andrew Sheps if you're still not sure...
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You'll be happy and satisfied with the end result, my life depends on it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: What job? I'm just a kid having fun all the time.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Where's the bathroom? A: *points to door* Through that door, to the left.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sampling drums. Although I do a little sampling sometimes when necessary, the drum sounds I achieve are mostly the real thing.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's a good reference track I could use, for an idea of the sound you're after?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to samples! Compare them in an A/B.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. My computer 2. Axefx 3. My Gibson 61 reissue SG Custom 4. API 2500 5. Avid HD I/O
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for 10 years. This has been my only career path, since it started at a young age.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like my music with an edge, a lot of punch and dynamic energy. Energetic is probably my favorite way to describe my music style.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ghost. I know it's controversial, but I love them. It's the perfect mix of rock and metal for me. I think the song writing is absolutely brilliant, and I would just have so much fun working on it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn more about and pay extremely close attention to phase relationship.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock mostly. I do a lot of metal as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Guitar playing. If we're talking about music production, than mixing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I really like to have fun while working. That's number 1. My process is very relaxed and fun, but I get down to business and get things done in a timely manner at the same time.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I don't have unlimited money to invest, so I spend it where it really counts. The studio walls themselves are my biggest invest, since the room itself is probably one of the most important factors for a great sound. I use excellent preamps and microphones, and mix/master everything ITB.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a big fan of CLA, I study him a lot. I'm also very inspired by Andy Wallace.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually full production projects, from the recording to the final master and everything in between.