Our owner Aleks Dobrich spent the previous year in Los Angeles training in all the key aspects of music production. With that, he developed flexibility that allows the artists to maintain everything under one budget, one relationship, one process.
Rum Runner Studios offers early-stage songwriting and full song production, mixing and mastering as well as any sort of session musician/vocalist needs. Our team has 5+ years each with playing instruments (guitar, piano, bass, drums, vocals) as well as 3+ years of production background.
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Interview with Rum Runner Studios
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Prism - Reflections (EP). Our final project for school last year. We (me and Griffin Cummins) had to write the lyrics, toplines and music for 8 demos, cut it down to 3 songs to produce out, find an outside vocalist (Phoebe Vail) and mix and master ourselves. Truly an unforgettable process and proud that we received runner up out of 40+ EP's.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Focused on connecting and growing the Rum Runner brand with like-minded artists and recording/performing under my Emerson Faulk moniker.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want ahead of time. I can only add so much input and creative assistance. I never want something to feel like it isn't exactly, or better than, how you drew it up in your head.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Taylor 114-CE, AKG C414, AUD Apollo, Macbook Pro and a Prophet 5.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a bedroom producer 3 years ago and made the choice to pursue music shortly after. I studied one year online out of the Berklee School of Music and then pivoted to the Icon School of Music in Los Angeles last year.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I like to let the session dictate where I'm headed sonically. I usually don't go into it with much thought beyond the BPM I'm feeling at that time. I try to just let it flow.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think I bring a genre-fluid, unbiased ear to any song. I spend a good chunk of my day listening to musicians or bands I'm unfamiliar with continuing to broaden my spectrum of inspiration, which in turn I think works well for creating unique takes on old styles.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by everyone who's made an effort to push forward the industry. Especially the artists or professionals who consistently question the "why?" of our art and seek to re-write the answers.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Songwriting (lyrics, topline, music), production, mixing and mastering.