I’ve been working on different audio and music extensively over the past few years. After becoming a certified audio engineer, I’ve been recording, mixing music, and making beats for local artists and now I’d like to expand my horizons. I am well versed in the technical side of music and love adding to the creativity of the music process.
I became a certified Audio Engineer through RRFC a few years ago now and have been producing hip hop, pop rap, and R&B beats for about the same amount of time. I’ve worked in multiple commercial recording studios and have worked on live sound for commercials, internet videos, social media companies, and even audio books! I feel confident in my understanding of the technical side of music and ability to work well with people from all backgrounds. Remote mixing & mastering have been a passion of mine and I would love the opportunity to further work on music with new clients and artists. I am the lead engineer at The Beat Lab studio.
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Interview with DevroDidDat
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Personally, digital. I say digital because that is what I can afford at this time, plus there is such an extensive list of digital VSTs and plugins available online. When I own my own studio then I will be all about analog. Don't get me wrong, when in a recording studio I would much rather use the analog equipment at hand because sometimes you just cannot emulate the feeling analog equipment brings to the mix, when used properly.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly mix songs and produce hip hop/ pop rap beats for my clients.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating. Putting out music into the world is a thrill, that is something that will be around forever. Growing up, I can name artists that shaped my childhood, that kind of impact is monumental.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I press one button and the work is done for me. Mixing can be extensive depending on what is being called for.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who is an artists your sound is similar to, or want it to be similar to? Can I hear some of your previous work you’d like me to emulate
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open minded, and find someone who does good work. If you can work with the same persons over and over again, you will be a good relationship, even a work relationship where you both understand what’s wanted. By working with the same person, you are already familiar with the type of work you will receive back and can be confident it will be done to your likings.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, audio interface, a microphone, headphones, and the loudest set of speakers I can get my hands on.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out on the management side of music and never thought I’d be able to grasp an understanding of actually making music. Whether that be, singing/rapping, producing, or engineering. But after being around so many creative minds and falling in love with music, I jump started my career and became a certified audio engineer. I grasped a great understanding of the technical side of music this way, so any studio I walk into, I feel comfortable with whatever equipment is at my disposal.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love the opportunity to work with Travis Scott. So many people mirror their work after his for a reason, he simply makes incredible, outlandish music!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Release your beats! Post them on multiple sites to be seen, you’ll never get discovered if you keep your beats on your laptop to yourself.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I mainly work on different styles of hip hop and tap music, I also have experience with R&B.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I love to clear up the muddy parts in a mix or beat.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clearly and creativity. I do my best to not change a recorded song completely in the mixing process. I more so keep the integrity of the original recording and the song direction and just make everything fit together better.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home set up which includes an Avalon 727 pre amp, a choice of 4 different microphones: . Lastly I have FL Studio and Logic on my MacBook Air. In the studio I work out of, I have an entire studio set up at my disposal with Pro Tools.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kid Cudi and Travis Scott are my top two favorite artists. Not only their music but their creative direction in whole is something awe-inspiring. I was also always a fan of Michael Jackson when I was a kid growing up. His music and dance moves that he created motivated me to get up and move to the music and really showed me that artists can be bigger than themselves, he was supporting many different causes with his influence.