My name is Sheikh and I am a Producer/Mixing Engineer who has recent graduate of Nimbus School of Recording Arts & Media (founded by Bob Ezrin & GGGarth Richardson)
Sheikh is a Producer/Mixing Engineer who has recent graduate of Nimbus School of Recording Arts & Media (founded by Bob Ezrin & GGGarth Richardson). He has studied through the Beats and Urban Music Production Program (BUMP) for one year. In that year, He has learned many mixing techniques from some of Vancouver's best engineers. He studied engineering 100 for 4 months, Production 100 for 4 months and Beats and Urban Music for 4 months. This education has made him a much better engineer and helps him mix towards the client's vision of the record. Sheikh is looking for gaining credibility and experience in the music industry step by step.
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Interview with Sheikh
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What's my rate? I usually start with asking what their budget is
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making records sound good
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: A quality Mix
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's the feeling your going for this record? What's your budget? Is there a deadline? Can you tell me anything else you think I need to know?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That loudness equals better. It does not.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually Mix for my clients but I am not apposed to editing
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dr Dre, Kayne West, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Drake, Jay-Z, Sir Nolan, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and more.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic Pro x 10.2.1 and a pair of KRK 8's G3
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When mixing, I usually turn all the faders down and start levelling with sections of the record, usually intro first, then ill automate and mix as I go along the record.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Quality, Clarity, Punch, Depth,
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing with my ears, not my eyes
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop, indie and pop usually, but I'm not unfamiliar with other genres
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Its always better to boost frequencies in the Overheads rather than the close mic itself. It will create a mess pretty fast
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Every artist I previously mentioned above and everyone else in the music industry
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Always focusing on how to mix around the vocal
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started producing EDM when I was 18. Then at the beginning of 2015, I started recording school. 8 months in I switched to Hip Hop because I found out it came to me easier than Dance. As I progressed throughout my schooling, I started to become more aware of how to mix to the best of my ability every time and tried to make every mix as perfect as it could
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop and monitors, an audio interface, wifi, and an LA-2A
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Give me the most detail you can about the record so I can bet mix it to your vision!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Analog is quite costly, Im not at that stage where I have the finances to invest in such expensive gear. Though I am looking into purchasing an interface, hardware EQ's and Compressors. Also, digital is music faster and if you add that with analog gear, then you get the best of both worlds.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own productions and productions of other singer's
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: There was a project where I used two samples and made a beat out of it (drums and what not) then asked a friend and classmate of min to play guitar over it and we worked out a common vision on what roll the guitar should play in the beat.