I am a local (from Namibia, Africa) producer & music artist. I specialize in custom beats and also offer mixing and mastering @ an advanced (Not expert) level. Have been producing for 6/7 years now and am able to produce Hip-Hop/RnB/Afropop/Pop/Tech House etc. It just depends on what the consumer wants.
Since I am a music artist myself, I have a very good ear when it comes to production/mixing & mastering. I am self taught and have been doing music for about 7 years and have built an extensive amount of experience over the years. I am generally able to work on different kinds of projects, different genres and strive to give my customer the best of the best, always! I work exclusively with FL Studio 20 and I use plugins and VSTS used by professionals like Waves plugins for mixes and I use Omnisphere and Keyscape on almost all my projects.
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Interview with KiddOnTheBeat
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The very 1st mixtape my group and I dropped called, "The Dreamer Tape", released in 2018. This mixtape is been making waves and really gave us the recognition within our country as well as in Europe, and South Africa. We ourselves and fans are still vibing to it on a daily basis. It has achieved more than 20k streams on AudioMack and has been played in Europe at one of the Snipes clothing shops fro. Time to time.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have a couple of beats that I have started, various genres. They are not complete yet but they will become part of an instrumental EP that I will be dropping soon. I am also wrapping up a mix tape that myself and my group, "LSD", will be releasing soon as well and with that we will be having a listening session, probably an online live stream studio session (due to coronavirus) and more.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not at the moment.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Currently I am all the way digital. However, there is nothing better than analog production. One will never be able to achieve that perfect and sweet analog sound. You might come close but you really need to know what you are doing and how you are able to achieve something similar to analog sound.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I live by honesty and integrity and I respect the grind/hustle of other artists like myself. I promise to always give 120% to keep the paying customer satisfied and to help and support customers
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything. The entire production process - from starting a beat from scratch to recording vocals onto it, and the real best part is to see the reaction of fans and people that actually follow and listen to your music and sing along when you are on stage. The best feeling in the world!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They ask, "How did you become so good at producing and making music?" My answer is, practice. Practice is of utmost importance. You also need to train your brain and you need a good ear and should also have a good understanding of what you are trying to achieve and how to go about it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Many people think doing music or producing is easy, but one really needs that passion, drive and inspiration to create good quality music or beats.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you waiting for?? Hire me! 😊
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure to go through my profile and check out the work I have produced so that you can have an idea of what I am capable of doing and do not hesitate to ask questions.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A pocket mic, good headphones, laptop/tablet for mobile production and a camera.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Currently been doing music for about 7/8 years. Started producing at the age of 15/16 and I have not stopped ever since. I also became an artist in grade 8, 2010 and I am currently studying music at the University of Namibia, in my 3rd year currently.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a combination of many genres in 1. I tend to mix and mash different sounds you would typically hear in 1 genre, into another, creating a special vibe each time.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Nasty-C, AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Drake, Tyga, Burna Boy Chris Brown and Justin Bieber. They are probably the best artists in the game right now in my personal opinion. I like the music that they create, it's so different from everything else and they are super creative with each and every song the make.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When producing a beat on Fl studio, always make sure that all of your sounds routed to the mixer are all hitting at or below - 9dB or - 12dB. This is called Gainstaging and it works EXTREMELY well for me. The audio might be quite low in your headphones or speakers, but you are always able to turn the volume up on your audio interface without having to lower or increase the volume/levels of the sounds in FL and this gives you a good amount of headroom to work with later in your mastering stage.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hiphop/Rap, RnB, Afropop, House.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Producing beats on the spot and I have also developed my freestyling abilities for choruses of songs with ease. I mostly freestyle all of my choruses I do in my own music and I have been able to resonate with fans extremely well through this.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I believe that over the years of producing and being an artist myself, I have trained myself to always pay attention and grab attention with fine details within the production, making sure that I always have a unique sound. I always try to mix different genres together either with classic sounds from one genre and typical sounds from a different genre, and I have found that this is what gives my work that "wow" factor, which I believe is ALWAYS needed.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depending on what the customer needs to do, when producing a beat, the first thing is to find out what genre/type of beat they are looking for. This is probably the most important as then I have an idea of what direction I need to go. Then I either start off by finding a simple loop/sample, which I then tweak to my liking and as I do this I gradually start to look for drum sounds that go with the main sample I have edited. Sometimes I always have a music app as Deezer or YouTube open on my laptop and I just go through what is trending and what's new that might have a similar genre or vibe that I'm lloking for for inspiration. By this time I have already gotten into my zone and from there on out everything just starts to fit together perfectly. I would then also along the way just export a short clip/preview of what I have made so far to send to the customer to just make sure that I am still on the right track for the vibe they are looking for. I would then also ask the customer if they would like to have a specific arrangement of the different parts of the beat, maybe they want the beat to start off with the chorus or they might want it to start with a verse and I then arrange everything accordingly, only if they want a specific arrangement.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a small home studio. The gear I use is a Scarlett Focusrite 2i2, Rode NTA-1 with pop filter and an acoustic shield. I strictly use FL Studio 20 for all my production work.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Nasty-C from South Africa, Burna Boy from Nigeria, Aka from South Africa, Gazza from Namibia.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am able to produce almost all genres, but most local artists I work with do Hip-Hop, RnB, and I usually do the recording session (recording, mixing & mastering) with the artist to keep my work/sound consistent throughout entire tracks.