Producing and mixing isn't a job, it's an art and thats how we approach it. Our ears are trained to hear not just from a technical standpoint but also from a natural standpoint as well. With our head producer/engineers DJ/Musician background, the possibilities off sound creation are limitless!
Founded in Cleveland in 2015, XIV Productions has been building a reputation of consistency. Taking an artistic approach, we have been pushing the boundaries of production/business for the past 6 years. Using more than just our ears, we listen from all perspectives, that is the only way to truly weave together a creation that others can connect with. Currently we are working at expanding our reach further than ever before! Our founder/CEO (who is also the head producer), Mason Jalloway, uses his extensive musical background, to take whatever project he is working on to the next level. Alongside Mason we have Zechariah, also an incredible producer/mixing engineer with the skillset to back it up the accolades. Recently opening its second location in Los Angeles, CA, XIV is continuing to grow upwards. With the singing of its first Artist, Nick Anthony, into a production deal last year, and having worked with some of the top artists and TV/Film companies, things are continuing to shine. When working with XIV Productions, the possibilities of creation are limitless, not to mention you are also supporting Black Owned Businesses! Thank you for taking the time to check us out, we hope to hear from you!
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Interview with XIV Productions
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: 7 Song EP
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not as of yet
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, best of both worlds!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To keep our word.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Bringing the best sound and quality out of our clients and ourselves that we can at the time.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make me sound like....whomoever Yes, but wouldn't you rather us help you create a sound thats yours?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: How long it takes and how much work behind the scenes we do.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How are you feeling? How long have you been involved in the industry? Who inspires you? What type of vibe are we trying to create?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want and don't be afraid to say that it!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Apollo Twin, Generator, Macbook, u87, and Mic Cable
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Everyone has been doing this for amounts of time. Mason has been producing for 10/yrs now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Unorthodox & Clean
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jon Bellion, Ariana Grande, Drake...all for the same reason. We love how versatile they are and believe that together, we could create records to stand a lifetime.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always layer snares and kicks. And when doing so, make sure you place them a little bit off from each other. gives it a bigger pinch.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Hip-Hop, Alt. Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Our ability to be original and listen to what artist wants.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Mason's ears. Being a successful DJ, musician, and producer he hears things differently. Knowing what to do for the audience but al while pleasing the artist as well. We don't just mix, we arrange, add drops, and we're not afraid to try new things. As a producer, we/re all in and we believe in truly producing. No matter how big the artist wants the record sonically, we're all in. No sampling, all original sounds, and nothing is off limits.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When producing, we like to start on piano and write to piano first. Come up with some melodies and go from there. Mixing, we start by listening to whole track a few times, getting organized, and then we're take off.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run digital and analog (the best way in my opinion). - Pro Tools (recording and mixing), Ableton (music production). Cubase (film composing) - C- 24 Mier (Controller) - Neumann family of mics, C-414, share drum mic family - Neve 511, DBX 530, Joe Meek Compressor, Warm Audio WA-2A Tube - And of course hue lights for the vibe Everything is ran through my Mac Pro tower with Avid HD I/O. Also have the Apollo twin for production and travel
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy Jones, Rick Rubin, Zedd, MJ, Steve Jobs, Calvin Harris, 40 Noah
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production, mixing, and vocal production