Hey everybody! My name is Yannick Rogers and I am a songwriter and producer in the Washington, D.C. area.
I specialize in Gospel, R&B, and hip-hop music.
- Logic Pro X
- Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitors
- M-Audio midi controller
- Steinburg UR22 Interface
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Interview with Yannick Rogers
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I am especially proud of the first EP that I wrote because that was the first time that I actually had ideas for a body of work that I felt passionate about and felt deeply in love with.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on my debut instrumental album.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I recently had the chance to have some work done by Benny Steele. He is an awesome engineer and he is very professional. Benny did a fantastic job of working with me all the way through to ensure that I was satisfied. I would recommend Benny Steele any day!
Analog or digital and why?
I love digital very much but I would have to choose analog because there is a distinctive sound that comes across as very natural and lively.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise my clients that I will always work with them until they are completely satisfied
What do you like most about your job?
I love the fact that music always brings out different emotions in me.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Customers most commonly ask me if I'm truly a musician. My answer is always 100% yes.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I believe that the biggest misconception about what I do is that I may not totally understand music theory and how it works but the truth is that knowing the basics and theory are what separate the professionals from the beginners.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I always ask clients about what their goals and visions are. I feel it is very important to ask that question because the client and I can brainstorm and build smaller goals that will eventually lead to the destination.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
My advice would be to always try to communicate effectively in order to get the best results. Communication is vital.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
I would take my MacBook, MIDI controller, Audio Technica headphones, studio monitors, and my interface.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I played the recorder and learned basic music theory at the age of 12 while taking a music class in middle school. I started playing the piano at the age of 16, began writing songs and producing music at 18. I have been involved in music for about 10 years.
How would you describe your style?
My style is heavily influenced by Gospel music along with R&B sounds and hip-hop tendencies.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would love to work with Tori Kelly because she makes honest music that expresses deep feelings and she has an incredible voice. I would be thrilled to make music with her.
Can you share one music production tip?
It is best to write music that comes from the heart because there is always going to be somebody somewhere who needs to hear a certain song that you might have and that person needs truthful and heartfelt music.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I usually work on Gospel and Christian music.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is coming up with different chord progressions and melodies.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring a different feel to a song. I bring a sense of peace and tranquility and blend it with modern drum patterns and sound effects.
What's your typical work process?
The first thing that I always do is think of what I want a song to sound like when it's complete. After that, I start at the piano and write melodies and sing along to them to get a better sense of where the song can go. Then, I go to my DAW Logic Pro X and find the sounds that fit the feeling that I'm seeking and things begin to fall into place from there.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio setup consists of 3 keyboards/midi controllers, studio monitors, and my interface along with my computer and desks for songwriting and planning.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I look up to musicians such as Michael W. Smith, Joel Houston, Taya Smith, Hillsong United, Chris Martin and Coldplay, Tori Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Billy Joel, and Noah Shebib to find inspiration.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Songwriting, melodies, lyrics and musical compositions