Chano aka Sap Sounds is an up and coming Singer/Songwriter/Producer who has shared the stage with many greats like Estelle, Melonie Fiona, Meek Mill, Quest Love, Big Sean, Common, Wale, Chelsea West, and many more. Chano's unique approach to songwriting and production makes for fast turn arounds and happy clients.
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Interview with Chano
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A little bit of both. Creating in digital is more fun for me. When it comes to the mix and master I like when the engineer masters my tracks through analog.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I can promise quality and care.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on and am very proud of CHELSEA WEST's EP "FOXES". I was proud of this project bc everyone (clients) was more then happy when it was done. Not only were they happy but I also had a really smooth experience with the artist herself who was professional and well prepared before coming into the studio to record vocals. I helped complete this project as the produce and I also helped write.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is "FEEL GOOD MUSIC" catchy melodies and surprise bridge drops
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Justin Beber, because we have the same vocal range and writing style.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do yourself a favor don't release your music without a solid MIX AND MASTER!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Techno, DUBSTEP, Hip-hop, R&B, Soul, Acoustic and Singer/Songwriter
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is songwriting and live performance
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Lyrics, Melodies and Production
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Songwriting- the most important part of songwriting for someone else is to make sure you are writing in the artist voice. I research the artist I am writing for and try to put my self in their shoes. I am usually given a topic. I am also creative with coming up with topics as well. I will then start playing the acoustic guitar to find perfect chords that deliver the feel of the topic with no lyrics yet. Then when I have found my sound the writing begins. Production- When receiving a production job it usually comes with someone's vocals and a BPM (beats per minute). The first thing i will do is put guitar chords over it. I might not end up using the guitar in the final production piece, however it makes it easy to find the right chords and flow of the song. Sometimes artist don't want to send me just vocals so they ask if I have beats and instrumentals they can sing and write over. I HAVE THOSE TOO!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a 9pin RODE K2 home studio recording mic. I also use a Neumann TLM when i cut final vocals. I work out of Logic x, Protools and ABLETON.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am highly inspired by the Philadelphia music scene. Any touring musician knows that some of the best vocalist and musicians come out of Philly. Bands/Artist like the Roots, Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, John Legend and many more use Philly musicians to hit the road and continue their success.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Before the pandemic I was doing a lot of VOCAL LIVE PERFORMANCE for clients at their parties or concerts. I have been tapping into a lot of songwriting, production and vocal melody compositions.