My name is Charlie and I musician out of Colorado. I have been creating music for more than 20 years. I'm a self-taught music producer on various digital platforms. My successful projects have the same thing in common: I work closely with my client to learn as much as I can before and during the project so as to provide the best possible service.
I specialize in custom music of a variety of genres. I create marketing soundtracks, video game music, and artist collaboration. I specialize in Ableton Live and Steinberg software.
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Interview with Sound Authority Studio
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: If I could work with any artist it would be David Bayley from Glass Animals. I had the opportunity to share drinks with him after a performance of his and I could see he was an interesting and creative individual.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I have a very eclectic style from rock to jazz and electronic. Depends on the mood I'm in when working on my own original songs.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's not about how loud you listen to your mix. I've found that listening quieter helps hear the subtleties you may miss when your levels are too high.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Jazz fusion and Indie rock music. I always bring my influences growing up to my work. I am after all, a child of the 80's and 90s and sometimes you can hear it more than other times. Since I listen to all types of music, my style can be eclectic as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my ability to stick with things to the end. In this industry there are lots of frustrations and roadblocks but when you have the determination to complete what you've set out to then you can't let anything stand in your way.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I will always take on each song like it's the only project I'm on at that moment. I have always had an ear for sounds and a good judge of what sounds pleasing. I've spent years fine tuning that and it has gotten me where I am.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Each project is different but I will spend time playing piano, bass, or guitar until I find the inspiration I'm looking for and it all comes together from there. I'll record my ideas in my DAW. I mix as I create. Checking in with the client by sending drafts of their project is important. From there it's on to master the sounds and ready them for the clients needs. Whether it's a surround sound project or an online streaming quality project it comes out sounding how it needs to on the other end.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a modest home studio where I use Ableton Live and other mastering software to produce the sound that rivals most in the industry. With my software and knowledge there isn't a challenge I won't take on head first. Not only high tech equipment exists in my studio though, as I have bass guitars, acoustic guitars, electric keyboards, as well as some of the best midi keyboards available.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: 80's music is my era of most inspiration. INXS, Echo and the Bunnymen, and other 80's bands are among my favorites. From a composer stand point I really admire Danny Elfman. His work has motivated me on many occasions as I'm somewhat of a movie buff.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I create Soundtracks, original audio, and collaborate with artists with the sound quality of a professional studio.