What are you working on at the moment?
I am looking for new artists (preferably a singer) to bring up with me much like Mike Will did with Rae-Sremmurd or Zaytoven did with Gucci Mane. I'm also doing some engineering for developing artists at Means Street Studios / Atlantic Records in ATL and running a private studio for locals.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
MacBook, FocusRite Scarlett interface, and a solid preamp, (maybe an Avalon) a Neuman U87 and a pair of headphones - maybe some simple Audio Technica's.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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 (1 9y.o.)
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mainly beat production and mixing. A lot of my clients are independent and don't record in an ideal environment, so I'm the go to guy for giving them that industry ready sound. The record label related stuff I do involves Artist Development and engineering.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
No, I don't know any unfortunately.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Probably a record I did with one up and coming artist from Atlanta. It hasn't released yet but I play it over an over because I produced the record. I recorded the artist and even helped in the song writing stage. Then I went to a studio, mixed the record, and eventually I mastered the record. It took time but being able to build a record from the ground up is an amazing feeling when it turns out to sound like it belongs on the radio everyday.
Analog or digital and why?
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.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise to do my God-willing best to get things right done the first time and provide service quality enough that you will come back and even tell someone else how I helped them.
What do you like most about your job?
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!"
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Do you have any beats (or mixes/masters) i can hear?
Yes, I usually will email a few samples upon requests.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Mixing.....everyone wants the mix to be LOUD! lol I think people confuse mixing and mastering sometime so I have to explain the two processes to people. It's all part of the business
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I know it may be difficult to explain what type of sound you may want, but if u can contact me with at least all necessary materials and references of other styles u like, i think I would definitely be able to provide you with a new sound that's appealing to you.
How would you describe your style?
Versatile. I try to create whatever can evoke feeling, though I do have a "sound".
Can you share one music production tip?
Stay Creative! I try to never think in the box. I try to avoid doing what everyone else is doing because that mind hinder your creativity. Rather, use what other people do and take it to a different place.
What type of music do you usually work on?
R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, and other Urban records.
What's your strongest skill?
Taking someone's ideas and bringing it to life.
What do you bring to a song?
Clarity, Vibes, and Feeling. Sometime I tend to get too technical and have to remember music is about feeling and not always so technical.
What's your typical work process?
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.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a home setup, basically what a recording studios, "C Room", is my setup. Monitors, Interfaces, iMac and other computers. And i have a booth, and an AKG c214 microphone and all the extras. Easy setup for quick recordings and music production.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Kanye West, Dave Pensado, Timbaland, Leslie Brathwaite, Pharrell, are definitely on the top of the list. But it goes on.