Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
India Arie's music album called songverstion because she is a grammy award winner. I was part of the mixing team while i was in the mixing academy.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently working on a projects by a local artist called Irene Ntale
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Not really, am still a new member.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital, because there are analog modeled plugins, so that gives me a taste of both worlds. Of course plus the high prices for the good and scarce state of the art analog gear which makes it very difficult to have them.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
With a good recording, the sky is the limit
What do you like most about your job?
Am always learning something new on every mix i work on. That's what I love about my job.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Will you really bring it out as expected?
I always say I will.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
When someone sings or plays very poorly and expect the mixer to do wonders. I believe something can be done to a certain extent due to the technology we have at our display but not much though. eg you sing like an elephant and expect to sound like India Arie, hahah
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What their goal is and a reference for which they want their music to sound like.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
To be open minded.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My waves plugins. That's all.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
It all began in a music school then attended a mixing and mastering institute where i studied the waves plugins. There I was exposed to a number of big names and then went on to do it my self. Am 10 years in the industry
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Some day I would love to work with John Legend because I love the emotion communicated in his music. The lyrics are believable.
Can you share one music production tip?
Make sure the recording and arrangement are on point, don't expect anything to be corrected at the mixing stage.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Reggae, Afro pop, Rock, Dancehall etc
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
I bring the emotion that's required to the song. It's always my goal to make sure that the artist's emotional connection with the audience is brought out. To me the emotional connection is paramount.
What's your typical work process?
I listen to a demo from start to finish as i note down the areas that need to be made better, then I also look at the strengths of the song that need to stand out, then i get my hands on the mix and do the needful. Of course with the concerns of the artist/producer at the back of my mind.
When mixing I start with vocals because to me vocals are the most important part in the mix the i build every thing else around the vocals.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have an I mac, I use BX8a M-audio for monitoring, focusrite saffire pro as my audio interface, plus the waves plugins.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Chris Lord Alge, Andrew Sheps, Manny Maroquine
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing and mastering songs