Hip-hop’s - King of “Sync” - 5 years experience as: Producer/Songwriter/Recording Artist - earning placements on Worldwide TV Commercials, TV Shows & Movies.
Recently featured on: Premier Boxing SuperBowl 2020 TV Spot, ‘Wilder vs. Fury II’ - as well as, MARVEL’S ‘Cloak & Dagger’ and ‘Runaways’ - Just signed a Worldwide Publishing Deal with PULSE Music Group, operating out of Killingsworth Recording Co. in Los Angeles. CA
I specialize in Beat Making/Songwriting/Vocal Production/Mixing/Mastering - Hip-hop/Rap is my biggest strength, but don’t box me in! I make everything - Electronic, Pop, R&B, Soul, Indie, Alternative, Experimental.. I LOVE a challenge, NO Comfort zones! I am well versed in Pro Tools and Ableton Live. I work fast and efficiently ensuring quick, high-quality turnarounds.
- Customized Instrumentals - Production/Beat-making.
- Mixing & Mastering
- Original/Custom Rap Vocals
- Writing/Producing specifically for “Sync” Placements
Notable Placements on: ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, MTV, HBO, VICELAND, VH1, Comedy Central, etc.
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3 ReviewsEndorse Xander Rushie
Xander is a top-notch producer. He really understood the sound I wanted, and perfectly matched the style to the references I provided. He delivered a polished and professional track within just 2 days! I can't wait to hire him again for more songs!! Highly recommended
Xander is the greatest!! Awesome producer and a great well rounded songwriter. Have co produced and cowrote many a song with him, and he always adds exactly what we were looking for. Highly recommend!!!
There are just too many good things to say about Xander!! He always pulls through with incredible work no matter how tight the deadline. His production and vocal stylings are always inspired. Couldn't recommend enough!!
Interview with Xander Rushie
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to care. Too many people in this industry treat what we do like a job, or just getting a paycheck. I do the opposite. I care TOO much. I want my clients to be stoked on what we do, especially if they are spending their hard earned money.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is all over the place. I do a lot of work for TV/Film so I have to be able to produce all types of different genres. But at my core, as a producer - I grew up on hip-hop/rap so there is always an element of that in everything I do.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Benny The Butcher. He's my favorite rapper right now.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: (1.) Producing/Co-Writing for Artists. I provide custom instrumentals tailored for the artist. Co-Write the top line with the artist. Record the vocals, Mix and Master the song. (2.) I write/record my own vocals for my artist project, Stylo Beddoe. In this scenario I like to work with other producers/mix engineers, but occasionally I will produce mix/master everything myself.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I typically don't work with 'customers' I tend to work with other signed artists/writers - where everything is very collaborative. Soundbetter is a way for me to open it up to the rest of the world.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't forget to have fun while working on your music. There's nothing greater than being an artist/working creatively. Enjoy it!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been rapping & making beats since I was 12 or 13 years old. Sampling my parents vinyl and scrounging up whatever gear I could get my hands on. I graduated with a bachelor of science in Audio Production, from The Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2014. I moved to LA and started interning at Killingsworth Recording Company in 2015. It was there I learned about sync placements, branding, writing for sync. I built my own brand up over the years and started securing TV placements without a record label or publishing deal. After a few notable syncs the publishers started contacting me and in 2019 I signed to PULSE Music Group.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work on Hip-hop/trap, or Pop/Indie/Electronic , disco/funky-house - stuff with a lot of energy.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 9 times out of 10 I usually bring the idea that is the genesis of the song. Wether it's a catchy bass guitar riff, or a Vocal Melody Chopped up, or a drum pattern, I like to walk in to the session with a vision in mind, and bring everyone on board to elevate that idea into something magical and unique.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Some days are spent strictly beat-making in Ableton, chopping samples in MPC Live. Other days I am working with artists, co-writing / recording songs. Some days are spent doing final mixdown/edits in Pro-Tools.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am super proud of my song, Last Ones Left, by Stylo Beddoe. I put it out in 2019 and it earned sync placements on 2 different MARVEL shows - which lead to me landing my publishing deal. That song is special because I was just making whatever I felt like making, what I thought sounded cool - and it went on to open up a lot of doors for me.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: New album by The Blah Blah Blahs with Ashley Levy and Tomas Costanza, a new batch of songs for my artist project Stylo Beddoe, and a collaborative EP with Chuxx Morris and Stylo Beddoe.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, Ashley Levy, Tomas Costanza, Big Duke Productions
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever's clever. If we have time / desire to use analog gear, that's amazing. If not, that's cool too.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: IT'S NOT A JOB!!! but somehow I get paid to do it :)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think because I specialize in Hip-Hop/Rap that I don't know how to produce other genres and/or appreciate other genres. That couldn't be further from the truth.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your vision for the project/ 2 year goals with the project?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, Apollo Twin, U-87, MPC Live, Midi Keyboard
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overthink it. Music is something we feel, there's no formulas. 9/10 my best ideas are the first ones that pop into my head. Follow your instincts.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My 2 strongest skills are beat-making/ writing lyrics/ vocal melodies, vocal cadences/flows for artists to run with.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work at Killingsworth Recording Company. We have 3 studio rooms. Each room is equipped with Slate Digital VSM ML-1 (touchscreen console) and Mackie XR624 studio monitors. We run Pro Tools HD 12, and Ableton Live 10 in each room. Studio A for final mixdowns, is equipped with a 12 in. Sub woofer. Studio B for recording is equipped with vocal booth, Wunder Audio CM7 S Tube Condenser Mic > Neve 1073, > Universal Audio LA-2A.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Rick Rubin, Kanye West, Ricky Reed, Jay-Z, Jay Electronica, Lauryn Hill, EL-P of Run The Jewels, Frank Ocean, Tyler The Creator, Playboi Carti, The Strokes, Kacey Musgraves