here to help set the mood, create and finish project ideas, and put everything out into the world - feel free to contact me
alternative r&b, lofi, & hiphop producer
occasional writer & hobby photographer
Valentine Records | The Youth Collective
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Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Carlina (singer/songwriter)...she's amazing
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently dropped a beat tape called, 'theGREYarea' produced by me that I feel is a perfect balance of most of the sounds I love and love to use. It all stems from feelings I had about my own life and things happening to and around me in 2019, mainly the unforeseen death of my grandmother. Its all about an uneasy feeling of being stuck 'in between' or free falling to an unknown place, almost purgatory-like, and its not frightening, but moreso comforting if that makes any sense. I unknowingly ended up dropping it on the 1-year anniversary of her death and it's pretty telling it the way that the songs makes me feel listening to them.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently finishing up the rollout of a full-length beat tape I put out called 'theGREYarea', and I'm working on the visual ideas and sound design of my next tape that I want to have out the beginning of December. It's a follow-up to something I put of last year around the same time and it means a lot to me personally so I'm taking my time to get it how I feel it should be. I'm also working on getting my music out on other platforms, especially ones that are mobile/app based that 'Voisey' so I can connect directly to the consumer better. I'm also always researching and studying different sounds through music to see how I can improve my own and hone in on my own sound.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital for two reasons. 1) Being able to emulate analog sounds, even if they don't sound exactly the same, and being able to do so much makes creativity endless for me 2) (Most important one) I've never worked on Analog equipment to be able to say that's it better and give a full opinion. I want to so bad and I will eventually.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll do whatever I can to work something out with you and work with you. I will be there to help you as much as I can, even if the solution isn't with me.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to be creative in so many ways and it allows me to release my thoughts and emotions through various points whether it be the project idea, the music itself, the artwork, or even some accompanying writings.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can I buy this beat and may we negotiate a price? ; Of course, and yeah, what do you have in mind.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: What I do isn't important when it comes to music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: May I listen to you music? Have you ever licensed a beat before? Do you want to work together on a project? Do you know what you can and cannot do with this beat? Will you give me feedback?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm very approachable. Feel free to contact me however you can; email, DM, here on Soundbetter, even my own website. I'm willing to work with you because at the end of the day I want to create music just like you.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, ATs (Headphones), Speakers, Keyboard, Microphone Setup
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I worked physically a lot as a kid and still do occasionally, so I originally wanted to go into architecture, but when that wasn't offered I went into information technology (my other main interest) where I still work in to this day. I've been interested in music basically all my life but I've been producing for just over a year at this writing.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The Weeknd. He's my favorite artist and his earlier music & production solidified what I love the most about music. If I could choose more than one I would bring Illangelo, Daheala & Doc McKinney in as well as being one of the main factors behind the production.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style's very ambient, slightly left of center, something that brings a lot of space for the vocal performance/vocal production so the artist can do what they want. The perfect background music in a basic sense. I love to use and hear vocals in my production as well. I think it brings that extra backing to solidify the mood.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alternative R&B, 'Lofi-R&B', Ambient R&B, Chill Hip-Hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Idea Creation & Work Ethic
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring an overall mood to a song. The production & vocal production to me creates the entire mood of a song and being in a lot of cases the first half of that puts that 'mood-setting' role on me and I bring just that.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'm always thinking of ideas, drawing inspiration from life and the world around me, so when the time comes to start a new project I choose what idea I want at the time and expound on it and the sounds that I feel would express it accurately. In terms of production I either create the sample myself or spend a couple days searching for sample/loops/etc and then spend the next couple months creating songs around those and bringing those ideas to life. Curate Ideas --> Crate Dig --> Build Sound --> Complete Song --> Build Out Project --> Visuals & Distribution
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I honestly just have a miniature midi keyboard, Audio-Technica headphones, and a laptop.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Weeknd, Illangelo, Cardogotwings, Emika, Sabrina Claudio, Llusion, Black Atlass, Sampha, Jhene Aiko, Bas, Boogie, Keyel, and a whole lot more
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production, Beat Making, & Song/Idea Creation