When you have a passion for something, you will stop at nothing to perfect it. This is the exact drive I will have when I am mixing and/or producing your next top musical hit, or when I am mixing your next live show!
Sinatra C. Thomas II has had a deep passion for music since he was a young child. He plays four musical instruments proficiently, including the piano/keyboard, Hammond organ, drum set and hand percussion, and the Baritone/Euphonium. Sinatra is also able to read music. He has performed in his middle and high school concert/marching bands, and he served as section leader and lead snare drum player in his middle school drum line. The majority of Sinatra's musical/sound experience comes from church. Sinatra has been playing instruments in various churches in the Jacksonville, Florida area since he was seven years old, and he has served as Minister of Music in church since he was fourteen years old. Sinatra is a graduate of Full Sail University's Recording Arts Bachelor of Science program.
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Interview with Sinatra Thomas
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a Jazz instrumental a few months ago. I am proud of this track because it sounded well put together, and the listeners enjoyed it. On this song, I recorded all sounds and instruments, mixed the song, and mastered it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on a remix to an old song that is the public domain, a simple Contemporary Jazz instrumental groove, and an instrumental Christian music piece.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I prefer a combination of analog and digital gear. I love the sound, flexibility, and controls of analog gear, and I love the flexibility/efficiency of a Digital Audio Workstation.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to deliver quality in a timely manner that will suit their sound and give them a listening experience like none other while providing excellent customer service by treating all clients with the utmost respect.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love creating a beautiful song from just a simple melody, chord progression, or drum groove.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your budget? What is your deadline? What sound are you looking for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be prepared to work diligently and patiently with me so we can create the exact sound and experience that you are looking for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would take my computer, audio interface, audio/usb cables, my keyboard and headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have worked in live sound at my local church since I was 14 years old. I have been producing music since I was 18 years old.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style of music composition is a blend of Classical, Contemporary Christian Music, Neo Soul, and Jazz music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Gospel recording artist, William McDowell. I like his sound, his passion, and his character.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try not to solo any audio track when mixing. Mixing is about making all tracks work great together, not just individually.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Gospel/Christian music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is mixing audio recordings and mixing live musical events.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring life, clarity, balance, dynamics, and a fun listening experience to any song that I produce.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process includes creating a pattern of an intro, verses, choruses, a bridge, a vamp, and an outro from a simple drum loop, bassline and piano chord progression, and filling up the sound with a synths, guitars, pads, organs, or any other MIDI instrument that completes the sound that I am looking for. Then, I will record live drums and vocals. All audio gets edited, and vocals will be comped and tuned to perfection using Melodyne Studio. Then, I will begin a Pro Tools mixing session and a perform a mixdown of all tracks. I always tailor the track I'm mixing to its particular genre by using reference mixes. When I am done mixing, I will begin mastering. Once mastering is completed, the song is sent to the artist for feedback and from there, there will either be revisions or the sending off to CD or streaming through Spotify or iTunes.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio consists of a control room and a tracking room. The tracking room has two keyboards, a 6-piece drum set, and a vocal booth. The control room has a studio workstation desk, a 22-channel analog Soundcraft mixing console, headphone amplifier, Pro Tools Ultimate, Logic Pro X, and a pair of JBL studio monitors.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired most by recording artist James Brown because of his highly critical and attentive ear to the details of his music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually work front of house mixing consoles for live events. I set up and break down equipment for the shows and I mix the entire show.