Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I worked with Geexella - a local artist here in Jacksonville, and my role was a songwriter. She's such a unique person so working with her concepts was such a treat! (look her up) The Record, "New Life" should be coming out very soon.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm always writing, writing, writing. so even when there's no particular project I'm still writing. so as of right now, just my catalog.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Carolanne Wolfe - The Song Poet : she's such a great spirit and is a great lyricist. She also does recording and production.
Analog or digital and why?
I like working in the digital age, but I would've loved to have worked in the analog age. BT = before technology, ahaha.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
my promise, is what you ask from me, I will deliver in it's most true form - and enough to where you can make it your own.
What do you like most about your job?
It's one of my favorite forms of expression, it naturally comes to me so it's really cool that I get to share it, providing a service that helps others achieve their vision.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
pretty much the typical who, what, when, where and how when it comes to the content.
my answers usually coincide with the specific project we're talking about.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I'd say, that it's not a legitimate skill, me as well as every other songwriter really invest our time when it comes to our work.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
besides the business side of things:
what are they looking for, what kind of sound, style - if they have a particular topic or concept, again it's all about detail.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
if you're looking for something particular, don't hesitate to go exactly into detail what it is that you envision - the more, the better for me.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
my mac(and charger) , mic, wifi so I can share with the world- my guitar and amp (I hope they have a power source, lol)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I originally wanted to be a singer/songwriter since I was a kid. so, I'd say over 10 years. Serious songwriting I'd say about 5.
How would you describe your style?
I'd say, bohemian RAPsody, haha. I'm very ethereal - (See alina baraz) I LOVE atmospheric sound. I've been trying the "less is more" approach and trying to emphasize the meaning of songs by feeling as well as content.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Jhene Aiko and Kid Cudi, at the moment. they both fully express themselves by the simplest words, phrases. I love how they pack the emotion in there.
Can you share one music production tip?
Punch in when you need to, save yourself the breath. Also, Stack those vocals!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Neo Soul, Hip hop and pop. as I've said, my lyrics are very universal, they can fit in many pockets.
What's your strongest skill?
hmm. you would have to ask those who've worked with me. I'd say my content. I keep it true to concept, and once I find it I'm able to really move around.
What do you bring to a song?
organic feels. I like to stay true to my lyrics, making them very transcendent so they are relatable universally.
What's your typical work process?
Whatever comes to me, just comes. It sounds cheesy but it's true. Most likely I'll write it for someone else - having them in mind - not necessarily me, not sure why it happens that way, but it does.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I've got a small, sturdy set up with my macbook pro. I use a Neewer Mic, with monitor speakers, pre amp and garage band - midi keyboard when I'm feeling myself.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Prince first and foremost - he was an amazing songwriter for himself and other people- So many songs he's given new life to and launched careers from! I'm pretty versatile though - from andre 3000, to John Lennon, Janis Joplin to Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, etc - this is a really hard answer for me to answer, haha.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
songwriting - lyrics, vocals - I love a good harmony.