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Interview with ,,.,,.................-.-.,.,.,.----.,
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One of the more prouder moments I’ve had in my career is being able to produce two songs on the last Dru Hill album. More so because these guys are legendary and my parents could actually listen to and appreciate the type of work i do as opposed to some of the autotune rap and other music i work on that I know they wouldn’t really understand .
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A lot of production. Working with various artists from local to major. Also working with Atlantic Records/ GenerationNow, engineering on the side building lasting relationships.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to do my God-willing best to get things right and provide service quality enough that you will come back and even tell someone else how I helped them.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Ultimately, I’m a producer. Not just a beatmaker. not just an engineer. I am all about crafting a sound from scratch, and forming a piece of sonic art.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I know it may be difficult to explain what type of sound you may want, but if u can contact me answering at least the following: WHAT : What Service You Want Done? QUANTITY: How Many Tracks are involved? GENRE: Which Style of Music Do You Create?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since i was just a toddler, I've been interested in music. I've played the keyboards in bands from middle school through high school. I've been seriously invested in music for about 6-7 years. I even went to college and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Audio Engineering, I think I was the youngest in my class to graduate college at the time (19y.o.)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Versatile. I try to create whatever can evoke feeling, though I do have a "sound". Which is more on the clean upfront punchy side.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Stay Creative! I try to never think in the box. I try to avoid doing what everyone else is doing because that mindset might hinder your creativity. Rather, use what other people do and take it to a different place.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Taking someone's ideas and bringing it to life. Special Effects, Drops, Delays, Reverbs, Stutters, etc
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Completely in the box. Producing: FL Studio Mixing: Pro Tools
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kanye West, Eestbound, Dave Pensado, Timbaland, Leslie Brathwaite, Pharrell, are definitely on the top of the list. But it goes on.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mainly beat production and mixing. A lot of my clients come through various studios I’m affiliated with and I end up producing/ recording/ mixing their work.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac + PC + Interface + Headphones + Midi Keyboard
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would definitely like to produce a record for Rihanna, Beyonce, and definitely Chris Brown, i think their vocals on anything i produce could be greatness.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No, I don't know any unfortunately.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Before I went to college, I was definitely a digital only kind of guy, but over time I saw the importance and how sound is affected through both. So now, I'm a hybrid guy. Go analog or digital depending on the situation.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like experimenting with audio and enhancing that audio. I like when people ask me to create this sound or can you do this and that to it ? and then I send them the result. I get responses like "You made it sound better than I originally thought" or "Bro. This is Hard af! i got more stuff i need done i'm coming back to you!"
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you have any beats (or mixes/masters) i can hear? Yes, I usually will email a few samples upon requests.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have any previous music I can check out? What type of sound are you going for? That's usually it to start and based off those responses they lead into other questions.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, and other Urban records.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity, Vibes, and Feeling. Sometime I tend to get too technical and have to remember music is about feeling and not always so technical.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the work. For music production, I just do what feels right in that moment. For Mixing full songs, I tend to start by playing back the entire song first and then start mixing with the drums and work my way in. If i am mixing to a 2 track then i start by listening to the song first and then go to the hook usually.