My goal is to help tell your story through sound. I work in the Pop industry with many artists from majors, as well as work with talented independent artists across all types of genres. I love to write/co-write, produce and engineer for each client based on their unique vision.
I am very comfortable with writing/producing music, vocal production, as well as general mixing and mastering at a professional level. I play both the piano and guitar, and am confident I have the ear to listen to nuances and important details in a mix and/or master.
But most importantly, I want any client to love each song as much as I love making it sound amazing.
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Interview with Kazlo
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do everything I can to make sure any client I work with is happy based on the communicative process and the final product.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything, but not always everything. It depends on the project. Ultimately, my passion is music, so I constantly love to learn subjects that may initially be foreign.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I often get asked if I can make a vocal sound like "x" or "y" artist
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Are you happy with the arrangement and songwriting prior to sending it off to an engineer?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My MacBook, Apollo Twin, Midi Keyboard (at least 61 keys), an acoustic-electric guitar and massive PA speakers. Cables don't count, right?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I graduated from Cornell University in 2018, where I studied Economic and Statistical policy. When I graduated, I moved to LA, and was introduced to the Pop Industry by Charlie Walk's team. I worked 65-70 hours a week on average during my full-time job as a Financial Analyst, as well as scheduled 40 hours a week for music. Music is currently a full-time gig for me. I've been playing the piano and writing songs from an early age, but I've been doing production and engineering for 7-8 years.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an acoustically treated room that include custom bass traps, acoustic panels & diffusers for mid/high frequencies and a vocal booth. I use KALI LP6 monitors, as well as reference monitors on floor stands. I work on an 8-core MacBook with 32 GB of RAM & tons of flash storage space. My audio interface is an Apollo Twin X. I have several keyboards, guitars and mics in my studio.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm constantly inspired by new music. I am inspired by music I generally don't listen to (such as Polyphia, 90s RnB, 80s rock, etc). I am also very inspired by singer/songwriters such as BANKS, Jon Bellion, Jeremy Zucker, Lauv, LANY, Chelsea Cutler, and many more.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Working with Stefan Benz (under Charlie Walk) has always been a great experience, but one story sticks out. When I was first introduced to Stefan and his team in the studio, I was given a vocal and asked to make a song around it in the producer chair. There were probably 20-30 people in the room. I explained my mixing process as I was writing/producing, and within 45 minutes, everyone became extremely excited about the song. Their reactions made me incredibly proud and passionate about what I was creating for others.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That we are beat-makers. We're musicians who have the ability to turn ideas into concrete & meaningful songs. Most sessions with artists generally start off as almost a therapy session, during which we divulge and allow ourselves to be vulnerable. This enables us to tell authentic & captivating stories.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the song's story? Can you provide 3 reference tracks? One of which should showcase the type of vocal production they'd like Who are your biggest influences and/or favorite artists?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: All over the place
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: BANKS. She is an incredible creative in many domains. I love her songwriting and her authentic vulnerability.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: To make a vocal sound bigger, create a parallel compression bus that includes saturation, hard compression settings, an eq to bandpass the mid range area of the vocal, then a stereo image widener. Send your vocal a bit to both the DRY and WET busses.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Songwriting, or Piano Improvisation
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Every project is different, so my approach is often predicated on the client's vision.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common are an all-encompassing package, which include co-writing, music production, vocal production, as well as mixing & mastering.