I am a producer/DJ out of Atlanta,GA. I am half of the producer/dj/artist duo Owlcat.
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Interview with Benjamin Kay
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering for hip hop and multiple genre's of dance music.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love the dynamic range of hip hop music with the loudness of dubstep tracks. My tracks are crisp and clean when the mix is over, and as loud as your radio favorites after it's mastered.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of my home studio that is sound treated. I have have Mackie MR5mk3 Monitors and M-Audio M50X headphones. I have an Audiobox iTwo soundcard, and a custom built PC that has 16 gb ram and and a 4.1 quad core processor. I work in Ableton Live and use Fabfilter and Izotope mixing and mastering plugins.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It's different for every project, and I get some that are more developed than others. Mixing usually takes about a week, mastering can be done in a few days but can take up to a week depending on what is wanted.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring clarity to your song. No more muddy mixes or quiet masters. I will make sure that track is crisp, clean, and that it will pop off right next to songs you love.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: All of it. My mixes are poppin clear though.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip-hop, EDM, Trance, House, Trap, Future bass, dubstep, grime, acoustic music, etc.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Cut your lows on the go around 200-220hz in sounds that might seem too boomy or muddy. Alot can get piled up in this frequency range and healthy cutting in this area (not to much though) will help make your mix clearer instantly.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dillon Francis because he is my age and has just absolutely taken over the mainstream dance scene.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Melodic, hybrid trap, though I sometimes surprise my audience with some techno house stuff.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am a life long musician who turned to the studio to start producing his own music and to go forth solo to DJ my vision. After being in many failed bands but being able to play all the instruments, I decided it was time to take my destiny into my own hands. Not to mention I have been listening and submersed in dance music since before EDM was a thing.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, condenser mic, headphones, audio card, subpac
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Go for the sound you want, not the price you want.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking for out of this track?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's just a couple of clicks on the computer, when it reality it's alot of clicks and alot of background knowledge.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long does it take to get a mix and master. Until you are happy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's what I love and dream about. The day I do this full time for all my pay is the day I am happy.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To make your product clean, crisp, and poppin as we can get those recordings.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Mix of both. Analog is fun and true, digital is just as good in my opinion though. Lot's of possibility in the digital world too.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I run an indie label called Angry Hippie Records located at www.angryhippierecords.com. I am the main producer out of this label. I do all the mixing and mastering as of now out of Angry Hippie Records, as well as being the artist Owlcat. Check out my work!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have worked on many projects of my own (Google @owlcatmusic), but have also mixed and mastered for many people ranging from dance music with heavy bass to hip hop music to acoustic music.