Tristan T. Roberts is a rising figure in the music industry. After having worked with the likes of dozens of artists such as 100KTucc and rapper Jelly Roll, Roberts is quickly becoming the go-to audio engineer for musicians all around the United States.
Tristan T. Roberts was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Being surrounded by the music industry at all points of his life gives him an upper advantage over his competitors. He was presented with a multitude of career paths along his adolescent years, none of them appealed to Tristan as much as being an audio engineer. The thought of helping others record and create an amazing sounding art was what some would call, his drug. Through a series of trial and error he had his professional start in the music industry in 2012 when he began working with underground artists he knew.
Since then he has worked with a multitude of talent and has been involved with the production of over 100 fully finished songs coming from a variety of different genres.
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Interview with Tristan T Roberts
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A Beautiful Disaster - Jelly Roll. This album reached multiple points on the Billboard charts and it is one of the coolest records I have worked on so far. I was the recording engineer on this project.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on a full EP for Jordan Taylor Moed, both recording and mixing as well as working for Jelly Roll on his next two albums as well as singles.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A little of both doesn't hurt does it? I mix in the box mostly, BUT I do recordings as analog as possible. Outboard compressors, preamps, reverbs, and whatever else I can get my hands on.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that you will love the mix by the time we are done working together.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being able to make music and to help others succeed. My biggest thing is seeing someone's song do well and I am 100% here to see that happen. Your success makes me happy.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I am not God. However many of you think that I am capable of making the impossible happen. If you record your song on an iphone it cannot and will not sound like it was recorded on a $50,000 recording chain. Basically things like this...
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My advice to any and all customers looking to hire me is to not be afraid to ask questions and to tell me what sucks on the revisions. At the end of the guy I am here for YOU. Do NOT let anything stand in the way of your song getting recorded or mixed properly and I will take care of the song and of you.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Manley Cardioid, Antelope Orion 32+, Computer (Obviously), BAE 1073, Headphones. I'll make it happen!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been in the music industry for over 8 years now. I produced my first artist at 15 and before then had been recording and mixing myself. I have been full time since 2019 thankfully and hope to remain so!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is really whatever style you want it to be... I mix to please, but I record and mix to make things..wait for it.. Sound Better. If your music doesn't sound better than what the other guys have been doing for your song then I am not satisfied.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I got asked this question and I really don't have any artists specifically I would want to work with, but really there are no artists I wouldn't work with. I wouldn't mind working with any of the top 10 Billboard artists to start, but there is nothing like showing a newcomer to the music industry their song after the recording process. The look on their face after they hear their "baby" for the first time there is just something beautiful about that moment. They created something beautiful and I am 100% sold on that feeling.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overthink it. Take a step back and take a day off to listen back to your song. We are never done working on a song we just stop and let it go.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do a lot of Hip Hop work, but I am very passionate about Rock music, and love to work on other genres and works.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio setup that I use most of the time, but if the budget of the project allows it I will rent out a studio per artists request.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Manny Marroquin, Chris Lord-Alge, and Jaquire King, are going to be my biggest inspirations for recording and mixing.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do quite a bit of recording, just because there's a bit of "right-now" money in it to keep me afloat, but mixing is my biggest passion and one of my few talents.