Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My song "Pills Fix Me" featuring Cat Grace was really what got the ball rolling for my taste in pop music production. I don't even know how to describe the song, it's like this very industrial mechanical sounding pop song; think I just came up with a new genre. But anyways, I did a lot sampling from factories to get its industrial sound. Couldn't have been more proud how it turned out.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on my own EP! With some of my own vocal work paired with a couple other talented vocalists.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Nope, not yet.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. If I had enough money I'd go analog.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise you that I will give the song I'm working on 100.1%
What do you like most about your job?
I already love producing music in general, so having it has a job is even better. Hell yeah
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Customer: I don't have enough money for this. (If you're a rapper I better not hear lyrics about your "stacks")
Me: We can negotiate.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I think sometimes people expect the early stages of music production to sound amazing, and sometimes hearing a rough demo can make them feel pessimistic about the outcome. "Trust in me" - the snake thing from the jungle book
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Okay, let's break the ice!
1. Are you easy to get along with when it comes to terms of communicating, brainstorming, and just working in general?
2. What artists inspire you the most?
3. (If you already have some tracks) What is your most favorite piece and why?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Know that I take what I do very seriously, I can be fun and energetic in the process, but in the end, I just want the best for the person I'm working with.
1. I will probably be pushy about vocal takes, so I can vocal compile.
2. Try to understand some of the choices I make as a producer, while producing your song.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Errrrrr it's all digital these days... so I guess my laptop, mic, speakers... cheese and crackers. That makes 5 right?
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I first started producing when I was a freshman in high school. Currently, I am going into my sophomore year of college!
How would you describe your style?
I like writing pretty lush songs, although I secretly enjoy doing some scandalous type tracks here and there. For the most part, my style is very synth-pop orientated, just made with a contemporary mindset.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Ariana Grande! Her voice is like liquid gold haha
Can you share one music production tip?
Pop music is all about creating an illusion using contrast and affinity.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop music, synth-pop
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is being able to listen to other people, be open to feedback, and keep learning along the way. This is absolutely crucial.
What do you bring to a song?
A well-polished track that helps bring out the artist's personality in a song.
What's your typical work process?
Here is a breakdown of my work process,
1. Writing the chord progression and melody (this can also be paired with figuring out the beat)
2. Writing the lyrics (so I can get sense of tone for the song)
3. Gathering instruments that I will work with (I have a large collection of VST synths, pianos, pads, guitars, etc)
4. Producing the track (bringing the elements together, this is the main part of production)
5. Mixing (Adjusting each instrument accordingly with equalization, reverb, delay, etc)
6. Mastering (Bringing out the clarity and loudness)
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio setup is based in my apartment in Chicago. I have two monitor speakers (KRK Rokit) set up for precise sound mixing and mastering.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Great question, my influences are Ariana Grande, Melanie Martinez, Troye Sivan, and The Weeknd.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I'm currently most interested in producing pop music for my clients, it's the genre I'm most comfortable with. Although the "pop" genre is extremely wide in the subgenres it can target, but there is a specific structure and formula to it that makes it... well "pop".