Most of my work is in audio engineering and vocal tuning, but I also have over 20yrs of music experience in performance, music & vocal production, composing, writing, arranging, music direction, recording, vocal session work, and I'm a certified mixing engineer.
C-Aye is a seasoned Music Production Professional, with over 20 years of experience in pro level music performance, direction, production, and engineering. He has worked for and with many successful music producers and artists such as Hip-Hop and R&B hit writers Nate Dogg, Jodeci's Devante Swing, Ron "Neff-U" Feemstar, Devine Evans, and Mary J Blige, and has also been in the studio with artists such as Christina Milian, Jamie Foxx, and Eve. In the gospel community, he has also been on stage with and performed with Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Tonéx, John P Kee, James Bignon, Rickey Grundy, Twinkie Clark, and Claude Deuce.
C-Aye can provide services in: Music Direction, Production, Engineering, Arrangement and Performance, Vocal Production, Arrangement, Tuning, and Engineering, as well as Songwriting and Voice Training and Coaching. C-Aye is highly trained in several production programs including Logic, Pro Tools, Melodyne, etc., and has a working knowledge and experience in orchestration, harmonic arrangement and composition, and he is also a Veteran pianist, keyboardist, and organist.
C-Aye's specialty is in audio engineering and vocal tuning. Let him know the scope of your project and the associated deadlines and he will provide high quality service within or ahead of the time-frame you need it.
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Reviews (8)Endorse C-Aye of PrazimProductions
I've had the pleasure of working with C-Aye on several of my original songs. He is my go-to vocal producer as he always takes my original ideas to another level. His finished vocal productions are top-notch. You can hear some of his work on my EP entitled "Introducing....the Kelley Nicole," available on Spotify.
C-Aye is very dependable musician. He has many years of experience in this field and is one of the best musicians I have ever worked with. I highly recommend C-aye as a producer and as a keyboardist.
I can honestly say C-Aye is by far the most professional, timely and organized person I've ever worked with. His love for what he does is infectious, which makes the time spent working together feel organic. I would not hesitate for a second to work with home again... Highly Recommended!
Wow! HE'S THE REAL DEAL!! THIS MIX IS INCREDIBLE. It's his attention to detail and perfectionist attitude that won me over. Highly recommend
Having worked with C-Aye in rehearsals, onstage, and in the studio, I have no qualms in saying that he is an absolute joy to work with. His sense of professionalism and musicianship are his bread and butter, and his ability to help a person learn, grow, and howl with laughter along the way are bar none. I would work with C-Aye every day if I could.
C-Aye has amazing talent. His willingness to listen, and execute one's vision is indescribable. In addition to his instrumental capabilities, he has an amazing voice. He is very timely, helpful and very easy to work with. Anyone who has the opportunity to work with him will not be disappointed.
C-Aye is just a joy to work with. He's obviously talented and highly capable, as lots of people are, what makes him stand out is that you're guaranteed to enjoy working with him. Drama-free, no-non sense and extremely versatile.
I've also seen him firsthand work as a vocal coach (which I didn't even know he did) and he was fantastic.
C-Aye is a phenomenal vocal coach and overall musician. He has a unique ability to pull the best out of those he works with. This holds true if he's working with someone just as skilled as he is or a novist. In my experience of working with him I've yet to hear something produced by him that is anything less than perfect. Prepare to be amazed.
Interview with C-Aye of PrazimProductions
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would say my strongest skill is my harmonic vocabulary. Also, I would honest say my attitude is an incredible asset, as well. I'm easy to work with when the goal is great music. I'm open to the give and take of the creative process. This allows us to continue working/developing until we reach greatness together!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to the music, talk to the person, ask for references. Music is art and art is relative. Listen to their work, first. Then, if you like what they do, talk to your prospective provider and make sure you ENJOY talking to them. You'll need to have a lot of convos and you don't wanna work with a jerk.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started as a pianist/keyboardist. Began running music ministries and working with music groups & singers around 13-14yrs old. Got better at it and started working in the studio with mentors and pro's around 16-17ish. Moved to LA and learned that I didn't know anything. Hahaha. Began performing and collab'ing with artists, musicians, and engineers ever since!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lalah Hathaway. Because she's amazingly skilled & talented, experienced, hilarious, and down to earth. Emily King, Jamie Woods, PJ Morton, Corey Henry, etc.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Change musical color often. Too much of a good thing gets old. Avoid loops and samples, unless your song really doesn't work without it. Keep it fresh and new. If you're bored making the music, your listeners will be bored, stop listening, and move on.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've worked on many different genres. I've mostly worked in pop, urban pop, soul, neo, hip-hop/rap, club stuff, acoustic soul, singer-songwriter, gospel, and similar genres.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Work flow greatly depends on the project. In general, music and vocal production starts when I receive the song from the writer/artist/label. I draft a few ideas on direction and submit it to my clients for greenlighting. Then, I create the foundation (depending on genre/vibe) and embellish. Afterwards, I work with the client(s) to find the extra "wow factor" aspects of their song...the part that stands out from normality.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Covers, submissions, TV spots, scoring, originals, etc.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Depends on the song and the sound desired.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Great music! It took a long while to get to my level of expertise. I promise you'll not regret highering a professional. The results are worth it!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music. I can't see doing anything else full time.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy. Producing music, whether performing or recording, takes many years to master. Experience matters.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask for as much info regarding what you're looking for, so I can give you exactly that and more!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: LOL. Uh...a satellite phone, a huge barbeque lighter, rope, a rifle to hunt, and seeds to plant. I'd be much more concerned with gettin' off da DESERT ISLAND!!! Hahahaha
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Experience. The biggest difference between a good song/recording vs a great song/recording is knowing when you've found something unique and special. Experience helps art hit the sweet-spot of new and relevant vs overkill. Plus, I just love music!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: UAD Apollo Firewire, Twin, and Sattelite. Logic 10.3.2 ProTools 12.8 Melodyne 4.0.4 NI Komplete Ultimate Spectronics Suite (Omnisphere, Trillian, Stylus RMX) Waves Sibelius SE Gemini Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro's Sennheiser HD280's Sony MDR-7506's Alesis Monitor Two's
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Contemorary's - Emily King, Corey Henry and Snarky Puppy, David Guetta, D'Angelo, Esperanza Spalding, KING (www.weareking.com), DJ Khaled, Kanye, Jacob Collier, Jaime Woods, etc. Classics - Stevie, Prince, Michael, EWF, Fleetwood Mac, Hall and Oates, Beatles, Motown, Curtis Mayfield, Isley's, etc.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Depends on the genre. I am definitely a soul-head, but I've worked in so many genres, I've learned to adapt really well. Most of my work is heavy drums, several layers of keys, pads, and strings, as much unexpected harmony as appropriate. LOL
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music direction and arrangement (live performance leadership) Music production and arrangement (studio) Vocal production (studio arrangment and recording) Vocal direction (live performance leadership) Instrumental Performance (Keys - Studio and Live) Vocal tuning (Melodyne and Auto-Tune) Audio engineering (studio recording and mixing)