Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I am proud of the song "You Know" with the DJ/Producer/Engineer, X-Change. My role was producer. I brought him a song with the chord progression already in place, and we went back and forth on ideas for about two months and added, stacked, and deleted sounds. It was truly a collaborative effort and it was a birth of many future collaborations for us.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on an Electronic EP with another producer here in Los Angeles. I am also working on a solo project where I am collaborating with some very talented singers and songwriters.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will deliver a quality production, be responsive, and thorough with their project.
What do you like most about your job?
The ability to create and see something come to life. And having that thing impact someone's life. I love it.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it's easy and it's not time consuming. Hands down.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I would just say have a general idea and reference tracks to provide so their vision can come to life.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Laptop, keyboard, headphones, hard drive, and mic....The basics.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
So many...I'd definitely Calvin Harris. I love how he does EDM but it still has a lot of soul in it. And it just grooves. Jhene Aiko and Alessia Cara. I love their voices and their songwriting. Super dope to me.
Can you share one music production tip?
Find your sound. Find that snare, kick, synth, bass that you love and sets you apart from the rest, perfect it, and stick to it.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I usually work on Electronic/Dance and Pop music, but I still dabble in Hip-Hop/R&B as well.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring energy, "big"-ness, and a little soul to the song. Most songs are quantized so much that they lose the swing and soul that makes people feel the music. I believe give the music a little life.
What's your typical work process?
I usually begin with a conversation with a client and ask them exactly what they are looking for and if they have any reference tracks. I believe communication is key to finish a great quality project. From there, I will send a first draft, (normally two) and we will have a details conversation about things that the client likes and does not. I will make those changes and revisions and hope to deliver on the second delivery.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a home studio. Primarily working out of the box with Pro Tools, KRK Monitors, Axiom keyboard, and a condenser mic for recording reference vocals.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Pharrell Williams (N.E.R.D), Timbaland, Calvin Harris, Noah "40" Shebib, Kaskade, Porter Robinson, Radiohead, Muse. Kind of a variety.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I usually do music production and re-production. A lot of original production and assisting songwriters who are beginners on the producing side of things. I usually receive the midi from the artist and replace sounds, add fills, and the little nuances that make the production sound professional.