Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Running Out EP with Lifelike 2005. I was asked to write and perform a vocal session in Paris on the day and was able to come up with something catchy and original.
What are you working on at the moment?
My songs mostly but some tracks other musicians have asked me to come up with some vocals.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Too early just joined
Analog or digital and why?
Digital only, its 2016 right
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
If they don't like it and don't use it no charge.
What do you like most about your job?
Creative process. Inspiration..
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How much and can you write it like this song?
Price depends on what I come up with (guide price $100 for a vocal over their music) and possibly.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Sadly some people don't see this as art anymore.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are their expectations for this project. Then just understanding their preferences.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Have a great product to begin with. Be very clear up front about what you expect.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
I'm assuming there's no electricity so acoustic 6 string guitar, piano, acoustic bass, hand held recorder and endless supply of batteries.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Started singing in choirs and musicals as a child, moved on to bands and playing instruments when my voice broke. Took a duel career path to make a living in business and music is my love. I have had 3 periods of professional success an indie band in 90's, solo career in South Africa 2000 and release with French Producer Lifelike in 2005.
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Prince, I like to feel humble and he would make any musician feel humble.
Can you share one music production tip?
when writing/performing a vocal try the melodies from different parts of the voice. Sometimes when recording you find new melodies that you did not originally hear if you try this technique.
What type of music do you usually work on?
EDM, Pop, House. But honestly I can write something for almost any music.
What's your strongest skill?
writing addictive hooks
What do you bring to a song?
What's your typical work process?
download song onto my iPhone and listen to it repeatedly until I hear something suitable both melody and lyrically in my head. When I have something good I record it immediately and then refine it until I can't stop listening to it myself and I'm hooked on it.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Mac with logic pro x, Apogee one, SE MK 2200 Mic with sound booth and novation keyboard.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
True artists who do this because they love it.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Vocals for back tracks