Aaron is a music producer/songwriter you don't wanna miss! During this pandemic, he knows the world has fallen on hard times and has nice deals. He makes beats, writes songs, but doesn't mix or master professionally. He's now offering a 1st time exclusive beat for $100 and a 1st time exclusive song for $175.Check out his site for more deals!
Aaron Ragland is a highly creative actor and music producer. At the age of 13, he used up his first beat making program called Fl Studio. In that very moment, music changed his life and became his passion. With that passion, he continued to make beats, took his first formal piano lesson at age of 17, began writing complete full length songs his sophomore year of college, and is continuing to study and expand his knowledge of music theory.
Alongside music theory, he's also been studying the guitar for about 4 years. With his 17 years of production experience, he's become more versatile as he's created unique melodies in Contemporary R&B, Contemporary Hip Hop, Trap, and Electronic genres. While he has invested time in those genres, he wants to expand even further into even more genres and has the talent and passion to do so.
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Interview with Aaron Ragland
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I made this beat back in 2014/2015 or so called Take a Loss. At the time, I didn't have any clients at all. After some networking, the CEO of CWAL records in Chicago bought that beat from me.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on a late 90s/early 2000s R&B track for an artist by the name of Eden. This is going to be a lot of fun since I love R&B and music in general from that era since it was very unique and artists seemed more original than today's standard.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: At this time, I unfortunately don't know anyone on SoundBetter.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I choose digital by default because that's mostly what I've worked with in my experience. Other than that, I've been working with computers all my life so digital comes best. Despite that, I'm always willing to learn.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to always be honest and upfront with what I'm capable of doing for them and be an individual of my word. If you're looking for an advanced guitar player, I won't hesitate to tell the individual I'm not the right producer for the job. The worst thing that I could ever do is waste a client's time and false advertise. I will protect the client's best interest at heart.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love creating music period and especially making something from scratch. I enjoy helping others telling a story from point A to Z including melody, harmony, song lyrics, and more.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Customers will most commonly ask for me to email them beats. My answer to that question is, " I'd love to email you beats and I know that seem convenient for you, but you may take a listen to all beats on my site. Thank you for your interest. "
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't think there are too many misconceptions that I could think of at this time.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask prospective clients: How long have you been making music? Are you a singer or a rapper? If you sing, what's your vocal range? Do you have reference tracks that give me an example of a vibe you're going for? Do you play any instruments yourself? What instruments would you and wouldn't you like in the track I create? Do you have a specific deadline for the project?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'd tell customers to provide reference tracks for how they'd want a track to sound, let me know what instruments you do or don't like, and inform me if there's a timeline for a project.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd have my laptop, studio headphones, midi keyboard, mic, and audio interface.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'd love to continue to grow and learn as a songwriter/music producer so I may eventually work with major artists. I've been making music for 19 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style definitely comes from old school R&B, Funk, and Jazz. On occasion and as a growing musician, I've expanding my horizons by listening to more genres of music like Rock, Blues, Latin, and other world music. I love to fuse those styles into whatever I'm doing and as much as I can depending on the circumstance.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Masego because he is one of the most original artists out there who doesn't just make a typical Trap Soul or R&B song and he's a musician. I have a great level of respect for musicians, I appreciate originality, and I like his sound in general.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One music production tip that I'd share is to never delete any song ideas because you never know when that could be inspiration for another day.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: The music that I usually work on is Hip-Hop and R&B, but I have ventured out into more mainstream Trap, Pop, and Electronic music as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is beat making because I've been doing that since the age of 13.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring 15 years of piano playing skills, basic to somewhat advanced music theory, and my own unique style to songs.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process really does vary. I may start with a beat first and then create song lyrics. Sometimes, I may work the other way around and it depends on the day.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio with my HP Probook, Klipsch Speakers, Avid Apogee Duet Interface, Alesis Midi Keyboard Controller, Yamaha Motiff, AkG mic, mic stand, reflection filter, spare speakers, and Ableton Live 9 and Maschine as my DAWs.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The music production professionals who inspire me are Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Babyface, Tank, Teddy Riley, Timbaland, Pharrell, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, and so many more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do for clients is make beats and write songs.