Affordable, high quality, intentional, mixing & mastering services !
Being that I am an independent artist myself, I understand the journey of music production from the artist's perspective. I have weathered the storm of entrusting individuals with my music, and receiving a less than better product. I've made it my mission to support genuine talented artists by offering the best version of myself and my services at an extremely affordable price !
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Interview with Aste Mari
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on RAW and INFATUATED, proud of both of these I produced recorded mixed and mastered RAW and recorded mixed and mastered Infatuated. Proud of RAW because it was more complex and utilized different sounds. Infat makes me proud because I feel like I was really genre specific and catered to an audience !
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: In my home studio in Los Angeles, CA.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not Yet but I am looking forward to networking
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, I'm more versed in it, seems more efficient and easier to make additions.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to deliver your work and exceed your expectations !
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love delivering a great piece of work to an artist, I know how it feels to get something back that takes the song up !
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long does it take ? ( Not long but as long as it needs to meet and/or exceed your expectations)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think people perceive it as difficult, and maybe meticulous.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What would you like the song to provoke(feelings, thoughts, energy)? What are your specific details and requests? What are your intentions for this song ?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Contact me ! I'm extremely solution based we can always figure something out.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: CPU, Interface, Mic, Mic chord, Head Phones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I come from a musical family, so I have been pursuing music most of my life. I began engineering in 2013, while pursing education in Business Marketing. I have been managing and marketing (and publishing) myself and other upcoming artists since 2015.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My personal style (music wise) is very broad considering I was raised on classic soul and classic rock, however, I am currently focusing in on contemporary RnB. As far as mixing, my style is dreamy yet crisp.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to collaborate with all of TDE, J. Cole, Pharrell Williams, there's too many to name !
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never stop researching and learning, always invest in yourself, and research legalities.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I predominately work on Contemporary RnB, Alternative Soul, Hip Hop & RnB.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is listening and executing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring professionalism (Industry standard, clear, powerful, high quality sound) , intention, and a pinch of magic. I bring to the song what the client requests above all.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First things first, it is EXTREMELY important to me to listen to the artist or person receiving the services. I want to make sure I understand what the song should sound and feel like. I want to truly understand what the song should provoke so I can assure client satisfaction upon delivery. I make sure to align my schedule so I'm able to truly focus in on each song/project. I like to listen to the song a few times consciously as well as subconsciously, to get a feel for the intention. I begin working and usually stay in the zone for a few hours. I like to finish completely then listen in a few different environments on a few different speakers and tweak as necessary.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I operate predominately with Presonus Studio One 4 Pro for vocals, (I utilize Waves, Melodyne) in a addition to the stock tools. For production I am currently using Ableton 10.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by Prince, Pharrell Williams, Jayla Darden, H.E.R., there is way too many to name !
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I specialize in Mixing and Mastering. Being that I am an RnB artist, I also sing, song-write, and produce. I also offer marketing and management services for independent artists.