I mainly work on Alternative, R&B/Hip-Hop, Retro Pop and I also love Latin music. My forte is in sound design and genre-bending utilizing my wide tase and background in music. What matters to me the most is finding the most appealing/compelling way to connect your voice to the audience.
I spend a lot of time getting the sound that feels right for the song because the sound is the only medium that connects your music to the audience. I like to stay true to the initial vision, but sometimes creativity is destructive. I'm not afraid to go either way. At the end of the day, it is all about where the song takes us.
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4 ReviewsEndorse yakmanu
He's is an amazing producer and the best mix engineer I've ever worked with. You really get your money's worth with him.
Really impressed and satisfied with the quality that Marvin delivered!
He is without a doubt one of the most professional and dedicated musicians I've worked with. Getting to know him I found out that he's studied at Berklee College of Music (for those who care) and works tirelessly until he gets you what you specifically want. Whether it is a simple editing job or an entire production project, he always has a fresh insight and has been extremely attentive in his process. If you're worried about communication, Yakmanu has been one of the most quickest to respond and has been very considerate of my time.
Honestly didn't expect much but I'm vehemently satisfied!
Very professional environment and interaction. Really understands and knows how to bring the life out of your music while still keeping Essential elements of the track without drastically changing the sound. Very pleasant experience. Fully recommend!
Interview with yakmanu
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm entirely in the box - I like the flexibility and convenience. It allows me to work faster and do as many revisions as it's needed without having to charge more money for recalls and compromising the consistency. But I do have a 1/4" tape recorder and cassette recorder and guitar pedals that I use sometimes to get a breath of the analog sound - basically to run stuff through stuff. I have a main speaker pair, and sets of different crappy speakers, earbuds, dr.dre beats, and mobile devices that I use to make sure the mixes translate well.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I use the best of my abilities to serve what the song needs.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your favorite meal and movies/tv-shows? Inspirations and goal of the project.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I try to get to know people that I'm making music, see if we vibe and I like natural organic process of sparking ideas. Remote work could be hard sometimes but the fact that we are not restricted to a physical location opens up different possibilities and inspirations.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: D'Angelo, Björk, Alabama Shakes, etc are the ones that I'm into nowadays.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that I get to work with different personalities and styles. I enjoy projects when the artist and I get to spark unique ideas from the chemistry of different tastes.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to your heart, let the music happen. Use limitations - it opens doors for more creativity.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am flexible and versatile. Genre-Bending