My name is Matt Rose. I studied Songwriting as a piano principal at Berklee College of Music in Boston. I write, record, and produce Hip Hop, Pop, R&B and Soul.
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Interview with Matt Rose
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work i do is songwriting. I'm usually asked to topline or co-write although I can write a song prior to receiving the musical production. In those situations i usually rely on my piano skills and/ or produce a demo.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin, Kanye West, Pharrel, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole,
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently have a home studio equipped with an Apogee Duet, 2 Yamaha HS-8s (with sand base stands and foam shock mounts), Neumann Mic (TLM-103), Macbook Pro & Logic X Pro
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically will get as much direction from a client as possible. Next is drafting the songs and doing revisions. When the final is complete, I render the client all the work files and stems.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: MY strongest skillset is Songwriting. I've been songwriting since the age of 15. I also studied songwriting at the number contemporary music college in the country, Berklee College of Music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I'm usually working in the genres of Hip Hop, R&B and Soul. I love to add live instrumentation and songwriting that keeps the listener engaged and interested.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Currently, I would like to work with Tom Misch. His production style is very reminiscent of the late Nujabes.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my lyrical style as a mix between Kendrick, Childish Gambino, Coldplay, & Miguel
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out writing poetry in middle school while learning to play piano and clarinet. Eventually I moved into music production with the help of my older brother and friends from high school. During my high school years, I wrote and produced my first project with a local artist. Eventually I began to write for myself as an artist. In 2009 I was accepted in Berklee College of Music and began my first semester in May of 2010. After deciding my major, I formed a hip hop duo and began writing music and touring the Northeast states. In 2014, I moved to LA in pursuit of my dream of being a full time professional writer, honing my skills and working with a few established and accomplished producers.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Headphones, Midi Controller, Hard Drive of Sounds, & Microphone
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let's talk about what you like and what you need. I'm open to working for someone, but I really like working with someone.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a reference for style or vibe?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Songwriting isn't an exact science. Sometimes it takes only one try, sometimes it take 8.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I live that I work in a creative industry. It affords me the ability to impact live and have fun doing it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to do my very best to make your ideas come to fruition.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both because in this day and age, technology is becoming boundless.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on a solo project for myself with the help of a good friend at APG and a freelance producer/ mixer with a strong history of awesomeness.