Travis Wagner

Producer & Musician

Travis Wagner on SoundBetter

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

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. 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.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I am working on writing and recording a full length album of my own music currently.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Matt Dougherty

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I treat every song as if it were my own.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Making great songs.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: "Do you have a Neumann u87?" "What's the biggest artist you've worked with?"

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That it's possible to make something terrible into something great.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What do you want this to sound like?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Make sure you get along with the person if you will be working with them for any period of time.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Computer, microphone, headphones, audio interface, solar generator.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I've been recording and producing music for 10 years. I loved it so much that I pursued a degree in it.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Organic, pop-oriented, and all about the vibe.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Josh Homme has always been a huge inspiration and it would be great to get inside his though process.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Don't forget the context.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Alternative, Rock, Metal

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. 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.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I bring the "wow" moments that take a good song and make it great.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. 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.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. 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.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Josh Homme, Jack White, Adam Kasper, Jacquire King

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. 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.

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