Longtime producer / beat maker / mix-master engineer for various underground hip-hop/soul artists from the Netherlands, US & United Kingdom. Developed a unique style and sound, best described as "Melodic Eclectic Boom-bap Hip-hop with a touch of West coast flavor" influenced by the different genres & artists I've worked with trough out the years.
My main thing and specialization is boom-bap hip-hop productions, which i have more than enough experience with to provide the service your project needs. This could be making the perfect beat to your song or being involved trough out the full process including music/vocal production, mixing and mastering. With my experience in the broadcasting scene (TV and commercials) I have also the ability to move away from the authentic boom-bap style and deliver a more "mainstream friendly" sound. For instance, I have music placed in well-known TV-shows such as Pawn Stars, LA Ink, Top Gear, Master Chef, Pimp My Ride, plus a bunch of adds including a famous pizza brand premiered live during half-time of the 2012 Super Bowl.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
- Deformer (NL)
- Redrum Records (NL)
- Excellent (NL)
- Brainpower (NL)
- Zware Jongenz (NL)
- Bonecrushin' (NL)
- Leah Vee (UK)
- MC Fats (UK)
- Cleveland Watkiss (UK)
- Dj A-Sides (UK)
- Voodoo Brown (UK)
- NJC (UK)
- S.A.A.R.A (UK)
- MC Random (US)
- Apakalips (US)
- Dj Broadway (US)
- Area 51 Hiphop (US)
- Flourish & Prosper (US)
- NOY (US)
- J-Sonic MC (US)
- Che Skizza (US)
- Th'Acquisition (NL)
- DJ Eni-Less (NL)
- Mike Redman (NL)
- Fokuz Recordings (NL)
- Emery (NL)
- Dreazz (NL)
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Interview with Mackadena
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I Respect and honor your creation and bring the best possible outcome.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creative process
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long is it gonna take and if I can have it by yesterday :)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Leah-Vee: Top notch female vocalist/emcee from London with a unique sound and conscious lyrics. Lovely person to work with and always delivers quality. Denis Emery: Mastering/Mixing teacher, producing partner @ Fokuz Recordings and very talented and skill-full mastering engineer.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Worked on a special benefit project for long-time friend and legendary drum&bass emcee 'MC Singing Fats' to support the hospital bills ---> "MC Fats - We Gotcha Collaboration LP" - I was one of the producers on the project.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: - Developing a new @Leah-Vee project. - Mixing/mastering @S.A.A.R.A. debut e.p. - Working on 2nd solo album
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want and don't make any concessions when it comes to your creativity.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, MPC, Monitors, Telephone, and a bike to raise electricity :)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: my expertise when it comes to hip hop culture and bringing the best out of the artist/song.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is their vision for this project and what do they expect from me as a producer
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on client or project but usually i create a vibe and go from there.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both..take the best of of both worlds and combine it
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: As of my know-how and experience, people attend to think it comes eazy and don't always see and/or value the importancy of a producer.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started out as a drummer when i was around 6. In my teens (early 80's) got influenced by the in-coming hiphop culture (emcee-ing, scratching, breaking, graffiti) and never looked back ever since. Late 90's/early 2000's got into electronic dance music such as break-beats, jungle, drum&bass, but always stayed loyal to my hiphop roots.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Melodic Eclectic Boombap Hiphop with a touch of Westcoast flavour
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: KRS-One...my all-time favorite MC
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When arranging, always think in pairs..example: when building a song, let sounds come in or leave in two's or four's... (bring in a string, u might want to bring in another sound that goes along with it. and taking out sounds its the same process)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip hop, Soul, Electronic, Library music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Beat making & music/vocal production
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic X - Cubase Nuendo - Focusrite Scarlet 18i20 - Akai MPC Live 2 - Akai MPK25 - TR808 - Waves - Fab Filter - Universal Audio - Adam A7 - Rode K2
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy Jones, Curtis Mayfield, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Dr Dre, dj Premier, Grandmaster Flash, Bob Marley, 9th Wonder, Funkadelic, Afrika Bambaata, Rick Rubin, Rakim, Public Enemy, KRS-One, High-Tek, The Alchemist, J-Dilla, MF Doom, Eminem, Beasty Boys, EPMD, prodigy, Digital, Total Science, Marcus Intalex, Calibre, MC Fats, Scott Storch, Swiss Beats, Timberland, Busta Rhymes, Mr. Scarface, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Cab Halloway, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Bootsy Collins, James Brown, Shade, Kraftwerk, Mantronix
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: beat-making, music/vocal production, mixing