Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
The Random Spike's first album simply called Debut. Released in 2008, it's the most creative and unique album, with some of the best written songs.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I'm working on my own groups new album.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. Because it more efficient and has more options at every point in the production chain. Plug ins have become close to reproducing analog.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
If you didn't have one before, you will have a defined musical style that's only yours.
What do you like most about your job?
Being able to create with other creative people to make something the world has never heard.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can I emulate a certain sound or beat. I usually say I can, but why?
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Who they are.
Where are they from.
Where do they want to be.
How do you want to be represented musically.
Do want to be famous or successful.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If you're looking to do something that isn't cookie-cutter, I'm the one. If you want to represent yourself as a individual and not just a cog, I can help. Willing to work outside the box and create something that is unique, that stands out in the over saturated world of music.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Giga, Computer, Bass Gutair, Amp and a generator
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been producing independently for the last 9 years, its time to break through by going beyond.
How would you describe your style?
A hybrid of sound. Taking various influences from other styles of music and creating a new category.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Madonna, because she was once an innovator. Now she's trying be someone else and making music she thinks is relevant. People use to follower her. I want to bring her back. musically.
Can you share one music production tip?
Be a innovator, not a Imitator. Its ok to be influenced, but copying a style shows lack of originality. Strive for that.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Electronic Music. I started mainly doing DnB, Jungle, Breakbeat and EDM, but over the years I've done more commercial based electronic, Dance, Electro Pop, Electronica, etc.
What's your strongest skill?
I have the knack of knowing what to place and where, anything from accents to horns. I can created unique songs that could fit in todays market, yet I can also make songs that have a style you've never heard before.
What do you bring to a song?
A unique style, a style that fits the artist strengths and can stands on its own. Nothing like you've heard before. I like to make songs that are lively, even if the subject is dark.
What's your typical work process?
I first create a song by programming / sequencing in the DAW, then record to pro-tools, where vocals record to, then the song is edited and mixed.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a Pro-tools based private studio through a control 24 board. Everything is done digitally, except for the mic outboard gear. I have about 10 mics, including Blue and C414. I have a production suite I use through a DAW system that is linked through midi to the control 24. I have over 20 modules and keyboards that have a endless supply of sounds. I don't use construction kits, but I do use drum samples on occasion for remixes.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Too many. But I would say for melody and structure: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, for Electronic and rhythm inspiration, Roni Size and for Lyrical: David Bowie and Trent Reznor.....just to name a few.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Electronic music mainly, both mainstream and underground. But I've been working with other artists in the Rock, Folk and hip-hop to add electronic elements to their music.