Caelan is a young, aspiring Sacramento music producer focused on mastering his craft and becoming the best in his industry.
Caelan is a young, aspiring Sacramento music producer focused on mastering his craft and becoming the best in his industry. His music career started with Genesis I, an EP strung together and loosely organized into an album, which was followed by a more organized sequel. However, his accomplishments we're a result of his newer, refined albums, The Cookout and Tropica, available on most streaming platforms today.
Currently, Caelan is working to produce his most recent and biggest organized project yet, "Roses," a project filled with very carefully made instrumentals featuring artists like Fanax, El Rell, Claydiditt, Culhandluke, and King Bratty. He continues to be inspired by many things and names such as household names from Kanye West, Just Blaze, KAYTRANADA, and Mustard to smaller artists, producers, and even friends like Aidan Lofi, and Culhandluke.
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Interview with Caelan Serrano
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently, I am working on my third and fourth album, Roses, and Tropica (Deluxe), both should be released early in 2021.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that I will not be done until the work is completely finished and made with quality. I'm open to hearing you out! If it's not thorough to your standards, it needs to be fixed!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like making vibes, and feelings. I love being a producer because you can literally make people feel. This why I love it when people tell me how much they like my songs or how they made them feel.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let's talk! Keep me in the loop, communication is the most efficient and effective way to make something good. Let me know if I screw up, you know?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Depends on my budget, and if they got chargers. If I could have anything, I'd take the new 25 inch iMac because of its power, Logic Pro X because it's my favorite DAW, easiest to work with, and how I made, damn near all my music. My Akai MPK Mini, an electric guitar, because they're cool and yeah, that's pretty much it, until I discover more. I like to keep my stuff simple, having too much is, well, too much. For example, I have an old Korg keyboard which I stopped using altogether after I got my MPK Mini.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to take aspects from upbeat, tropical reggae, so there will always be influence from that. But honestly, my music is pretty distinctly me, despite there being a lack of a specific "sound." It's like when you have two things that are alike visually, but vastly different when you smell them.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Anyone, I'm just thankful for the ability to work with artists.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I primarily work on Hip Hop, Pop, and my weird combination of Afrobeat, Hip Hop, and Reggae. I don't restrict myself though and tend to do things differently often. I love all music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Patience. Without this, I would be nowhere, being in any part of the entertainment industry requires you to deal with and fix BS, quite often.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the energy and the vibes, honestly, if there's something that I feel is off I'll fix it.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to start with the sample, if I am making my own then I'll start with drums, unless I have a specific melody in mind. Then I lay down all the drums, bass, and extras, then arrange, by then I'd discover something awesome hidden in the sample and mess with it a bit. I always end with mixing though.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's nothing special, I got my computer, my studio monitors and my keyboards in between these, then a mic on the side. I like to keep my workspace simple.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: KAYTRANADA is one of my main inspirations. I don't sound anything like him, but it's primarily because he doesn't do things too generically, so I'm inspired by that. Often I hear little things that sound good and decide to replicate it.