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Interview with K. Helmes Music
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be clear. Be Specific. Be Open
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook, Microphone, interface, Headphones, external Storage. Bare Essentials.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Very heavily influenced Neo Soul. There’s bound to be a Rhodes layered SOMEWHERE in every song I produce.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Anderson Paak. I love his style, his energy, and his musical capabilities. Plus he seems like a very dope and fun having guy.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Whatever Ideas you have, TRY THEM! Record and play EVERY idea that comes to your head. And then Mute them. Once you have a solid structure. Unmute a track and see if it either blends and compliments the structure, or at least Bring about and idea. If not, then you’re free to delete the track.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Soul, R&B, Hip Hop
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a strong musical aspect to the work I do. So any song I like working on, It’s going to have strong chording, and Good blended harmonies.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First, Is designing a track/Beat. (If that is what’s needed) as Far as Mixing is concerned, I First Mix and Bus the Music tracks by their respective groups. Next I’ll mix and EQ the Hook/Chorus since it’s the most popular part of the song. Then the Leads/Verse Vocals. Then the background Vocals. Once everything has been Panned, EQ’d, and Mixed, I work on some mastering. Cutting, Reverb, Drop Ous, Echos etc. Bounce the song and enjoy the work.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It is a small Personal Studio in my Apartment for the time being. Equipped with My MacBook Pro, Mackie Cr-3 Studio Monitors. An AKG P120 Condenser Mic also for Vocal Recordings.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Teddy Riley, Jacob Collier, Quincy Jones
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Hip hop, R&B, Soul, And Indie music is what I normally Mix and Produce. Gospel music is also an area I have the ability to work in as wel.