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Edwin the N. K has considered music his hobby for over 12 years but recently has been changing up his sounds in an effort to be an independent artist and beat maker in the electronic music scene.
He is ranked 7th overall by SKIO Music and in several music competitions, he has placed in the top 3 positions in Canada many times.
Interesting fact about Edwin the N. K: He is an MSc candidate studying Neuroscience at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario). Originally he is from Kenya but calls Canada his new home. In some of his music, you can hear certain elements that really highlight his experience as an African in diaspora. Making electronic music has been his special "escape from the world during tough times" activity since he was 12 years old.
Although lacking in industry experience, Edwin the N. K is hoping to utilize SKIO Music, Soundbetter and other freelance services like Fiverr to add to his portfolio and boost his growth as an Independent artist.
Instagram (new to it): https://www.instagram.com/edwin_the_nk/
Apple music: https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/edwin-the-n-k/1495609166
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Interview with Edwin The N. K
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: No major projects yet!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My Masters thesis (although Corona severely slowed that down) and discovering a consistent sound as Edwin the N. K the independent artist.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Ideal answer is both, however when working with a budget Digital takes the win.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Life time support for finished project costing >$500 (I'll still have the files years from today and will do renditions for different purposes).
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's nice to know my research will aid in shaping science in the future.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: No customers yet
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Better equipment means better sound quality so there's no reason to hire me: I've spent many years perfecting my mixing and production skills hence I get >100% from the tools I use. Remixing should be free: Since it takes effort and time, while 99% of the time I can't make any profits from the remix itself, paying for a remix is the only compensation for my effort. The bigger the budget, the better the outcome.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are the main reasons you chose me today? Where did you look before choosing me? How did you come across my Soundbetter profile? What are your expected outcomes from this project? How would you best like me to implement your vision? (e.g. timeline, deadlines...etc) What Would You View as a Success? What is Your Budget, and When Do You Want to Start? Diet coke or pepsi?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try to ensure you always provide cleanly mixed samples with all tracks separated . For vocals always include dry versions of the vocals. When remixing, I may not include any original sounds if the track original contained vocals. I don't work with a beefy computer so minimalism is my approach
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Solar powered Air Compressor/Condensor: To have access to clean water all the time Satellite phone DIY toolkit builder Machete Net/rope weaving tool kit but if you meant music gear: Anything solar powered since it wouldn't be fun being stuck with dead gear.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My main career path is Neuroscience, I am now an MSc Candidate at Queen's University. I have followed this path for +10 years (including shadowing Surgeons). Music has been a major part of my growth and since I have spent +12 years learning how to make electronic music, I would now like to have it as an official side gig. I am currently working with SKIO Music to develop my sounds.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Since I'm also a remix artist, I have no particular style. However it can be said that my style is seeking new ways to bring out uniqueness in any genre I touch.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Armin van Burren or Dash Berlin, their work represent the majority of the music that pushed me towards growing my production skills. Working with the artists that inspired your growth and creativity is a great milestone and is the greatest down to earth experience discovering new work flows that fit the music you've been trying to create.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: This is the generation of headphone users, so never never be shy to widen your mix but always remember to give your bass (20-150Hz) enough space by ensuring the sub is Mono and is layered with centered Mid frquency (MF) synths and widened HF synths/tones)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: When it comes to beat making EDM and other electronic genres. When it comes to mixing, all genres (except live orchestra)
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity that highlights living in East Africa and Canada, good professional sounds made entirely on free or cheap instruments, Vast sample library from all Genres ensure flexibility and uniqueness to any genre I attempt
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Flexibility has been my forte however the best flow is: (1) Obtain or record Vocals/live instruments (2) Play around with different 4-16 bar melodies to see which one's will have a stronger emotional impact. (3) Work on the chorus/drop or the intro (4) Build the entire track
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Standard entry level setup: Monitors, M Audio Oxygen 49 IV, Behringer U-PHORIA UM2, MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, Fl studio (DAW)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Harrison, The Chemical Brothers, The beatles, Empathy Test, S+C+A+R+R, Taska Black, SethInTheKitchen, Enigma norteno, Karl wolf, Toto, Jason Ross, Seven Lions, Fox Stevenson, Dj Khaled, Dr. Dre, James Vincent, Sauti Sol, MI CASA
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remixing and beat making. Can also Mixing and Master songs however not with any hardware or commercial software used in the Industry.