I've been in and out of music for about 10 years but doing it as a professional Engineer in commercial recording studios for the past 7 years. I am currently the head Engineer and Manager at Blue Planet Sound studios in Honolulu,HI.
I do all kinds of aspects of music and in all different genres as you can hear in my preview pieces. We do everything here from vocal tuning to mixing/mastering and also production services. I mostly specialize in rap/hip-hop and also R&B, but again I work in all different genres and enjoy them all just the same.
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Interview with Jules Washington
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: All of them. I truly learn something about myself as an Engineer/Producer with each project that I can take to my career moving forward.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Too many projects to name. Our studio works on projects day in and day out but I love taking on new projects all the time and hate sleep so luckily I keep pretty quick turnaround times to keep customers returning for more projects.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: David Pichard and Chris McClain.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I use a hybrid setup and love both worlds. They both have there pros and cons to me.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To give the best quality I'm currently capable of and to continue to grow into a position of giving even better quality work.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That it doesn't feel like a job and is truly what I love doing 24/7.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What services of mine can help you to get this where it needs to be?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm very customer service based. My job is to give a product my clients can be proud of, all while doing it with my "flair" to it. So when hiring me, the better a picture you can paint for me of the emotion and vibe you're going for, the better I can understand what to bring out to make your vision a reality.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: my laptop of course, my apollo twin interface, a U87 since I could only take one mic, a Distressor, and a good set of headphones that I could learn and use to monitor.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out DJing at 14 then moved into the studio realm of things and an Engineering job at 22 and have been doing it since then.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: minimalistic. I like things to feel as natural as possible for most songs depending on what the genre calls for. I like to portray the emotion of the song the way it was meant to be captured.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Alicia Keys or Adele. Just the way that they evoke emotion as well as power and subtleties through there voice would be a challenge to capture and would be an amazing experience and achievement.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: simplicity is the genius behind hits (most of the time).
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Being here in Hawaii I truly work on all different kinds of genres and everyday is something different. I might do Jazz one day then Hip-Hop the next, then Reggae that night.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Because I pretty much do every aspect of this day in and day out (recording,mixing,mastering,editing,and production) I can't really say I have a strong point. I tend to do my best to keep my chops up to the best of my ability in all of those areas.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I guess my only answer to this would be a finishing point. I kind of bring the outside, un-biased ear that helps get the song across the finish line. I at least like to think so.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I don't really have one. I treat each song differently based on what the song is telling me it needs and where it wants to go. I'm definitely not a "technical" Engineer and am more of a "musical" Engineer. I at times do things that make no sense from a technical aspect, but it works well musically and sounds good to me. That approach has worked well for me so far so I Tend to stick to it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The studio I work out of mostly is Blue Planet Sound. It's a great facility with a great sounding room centered around an Avid HDX setup (but also using Logic Pro X or Studio One at time). Great monitoring there as well with Barefoot MM12's and also a set of Avantone Mixcubes. Lots of outboard gear (SSL pre's,eq's and compressors, API pre's, 1176's, Distressors,610's some of the usuals). As another pre-production and mixing room I use frequently I'm using some Avantone Abbey's to monitor and just my Universal Audio Apollo Twin interface which gets the job done as well.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As far as Engineers it's Jimmy Douglass and Andrew Scheps. Production-wise it's mostly Pharell, Bryan Michael Cox, Timbaland, Ayo The Producer.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording/Mixing/Mastering/Production/Beat Making