Hello, My Name is Drake Jackson and I am here to provide your creative needs as it relates to industry quality song writing, production, mixing, & vocal reference recording.
Song writing & session mixing are my strongest suits. I am also a vocalist and I am well versed is music production.
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Interview with Drake Jackson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: An album for a band. I've been writing the songs "lyrics & melody". I really enjoy creating with live instrumentalists. Thats kind of goes back to the whole digital thing. I can create tracks with Machine Studio or Reason, etc. There's just no feeling like speaking the same music language with a guitar player, bass player, or pianist. It just brings out a different feeling creatively.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Two of my own projects/EP's. An EP for a hip hop artists & an Album for a band.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because thats what I use on a daily basis....But there's no sound like analog. It really depends on what you're looking for.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To provide them with the best quality I can provide. To do the best i can to provide the sound in which they desire. If writing, to write every song like it's the last I'll write before I die.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being creative. Music is my life. I'll sometimes forget to eat when I'm working because it consumes everything in my body. It's just everything love is meant to be.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge? "I work around reasonable budgets" What do you use? "I explain why my studio setup looks like"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy and my time/energy isn't worth being paid for.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the sound that you want to achieve? Do you have the stems from the session? What is the tempo of the record? What is your budget for the project?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have an idea of what it is that you want to hear, Have a budget, and allow the artist to be creative within reasonable means.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Imac/macbook pro, Keyboard, Mic, studio monitors, and my guitar
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began studying music technology at 14 in a community college. After I graduated high school, I attended college and received my degree in Music Technology. Throughout College I toured and performed in industry showcases as an artist. I now reside in Los Angeles where I continue to write and produce for artists.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: R&B, Soul, & Borderline Rock
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Pharrell Williams because he's an all genre musician. Anything I could possibly learn musically and business wise he has mastered to a science.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Once you find a good preset when mixing, save it. Continue to build on that preset until you find a really sweet spot in which you can apply to give all of your music a unique sound that only you can provide.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B, Acoustic, & Hip-hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Writing and Mixing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity and color. Sometimes the perfect melody or words can change the way in which the original composition sounded. It can take that composition to it's highest height. A good mix can sometimes make the worst sounding records or mixes sound like gold! Good song structure both creatively and on the engineering side "which is still creative" a key to presenting professional standard music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When writing, I usually hear the music first and if it speaks to me, the words and melody begin to flow naturally. I then record and mic throughout the recording process. When mixing a song, I listen to the song presented first. I then ask the artist/producer what they would like brought out in the song. hopefully they've already sent me the stems. I drop the stems into logic and provide the sound in which the artist explained they were looking for.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup includes an iMac, Machine Studio, Logic Pro X, Akai MPK 249, Resolve SE monitors, focusrite interphase, and a perception studio mc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Prince, Usher, Lenny Kravitz, R Kelly, D'Angelo, Dirty Loops, Chris Brown, Danja, Pharrell Williams, George Clinton, Timbaland, The-Dream, Ne-Yo
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Produce, Mix, Write, & Record