Jack of all trades from Kalamazoo, Michigan. I have been in the music industry for over 10 years. Always looking for cool projects.
My services include mixing, songwriting & arrangement, editing, vocal tuning, and mastering. I can provide session tracks for guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals. I also own a full service marketing, advertising, and design company.
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Interview with Travis Wagner
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently created some stage intro music for a well known active rock band. I thought it captured their energy and suited their needs well.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on writing and recording a full length album of my own music currently.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Matt Dougherty
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I treat every song as if it were my own.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making great songs.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Do you have a Neumann u87?" "What's the biggest artist you've worked with?"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's possible to make something terrible into something great.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want this to sound like?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you get along with the person if you will be working with them for any period of time.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer, microphone, headphones, audio interface, solar generator.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been recording and producing music for 10 years. I loved it so much that I pursued a degree in it.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Organic, pop-oriented, and all about the vibe.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Josh Homme has always been a huge inspiration and it would be great to get inside his though process.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't forget the context.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alternative, Rock, Metal
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a strong grasp on what makes a strong melody and arrangement. I also can play multiple instruments, which helps to understand how each element works.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the "wow" moments that take a good song and make it great.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to get an understanding of an artist's influences and what they want their sonic direction to be. Then I try to create arrangements and modify their material to help it along that desired path.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Typical small studio setup with some good microphones, pre-amps, and some select outboard gear. I have access to fully equipped studios in the Gulf Coast area that allow me to record there when necessary.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Josh Homme, Jack White, Adam Kasper, Jacquire King
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I help flesh out ideas into complete songs and help artists understand and highlight what makes them unique. I also do mixing, editing, programming, and other services.