Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
ONE OF MY SONGS FEATURING BLAKE ANDREW WAS FEATURED IN MAJOR MOTION PICTURE CALLED "PERFECT MATCH" - I SAT DOWN WITH THE HEAD COMPOSER FOR THE FILM - KURT FARQUHAR AND WE WENT THROUGH ALL OF THE SCENES THAT NEEDED MUSIC - IT WAS AMAZING TO SIT AND DISSECT MUSIC FOR EACH AND EVERY SCENE AND COME UP WITH CONCEPTS THAT WOULD WORK
FINALLY WHEN I HEARD MY MUSIC AT THE MOVIE THEATER ON THE BIG SCREEN AND FINALLY SEEING MY NAME AT THE END WHILE CREDITS ROLLED WAS AN AMAZING FEELING!!
ANOTHER AMAZING PROJECT I WORKED ON WAS RIFF RAFF'S LAST ALBUM - HAVING DIPLO IN THE SESSION GUIDING AND PROVIDING HIS EXPERTISE WAS AN INCREDIBLE LEARNING EXPERIENCE!
What are you working on at the moment?
I'M WORKING ON PROJECTS FOR A COUPLE MAJOR ARTISTS THAT I CANNOT DISCLOSE DUE TO CONFIDENTIALITY REASONS
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
TREVION STOKES AKA TEMPO
Analog or digital and why?
COMBINATION OF BOTH
I FEEL ANALOG HAS THE WARMTH THAT DIGITAL CAN NEVER RECREATE
DIGITAL RECORDING AND EDITING IS VERY EASY AND SEAMLESS AND MAKES THE PROCESS WAY QUICKER
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I WILL DELIVER WORK ON TIME AND WITH HIGH QUALITY - I WILL ALSO MAKE SURE YOU'RE 150% HAPPY WITH MY WORK
What do you like most about your job?
I LOVE WORKING WITH NEW TALENT AND MOST OF ALL I LOVE WHEN SOMETHING IS CHALLENGING ENOUGH FOR ME TO TAKE MY TIME AND REALLY OVERCOME WHATEVER CREATIVE OR TECHNICAL OBSTACLE I HAVE IN FRONT OF ME
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
"HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE TO PRODUCE OR MIX A SONG ? "- I USUALLY WANT TO HEAR THE SONG AND THE IDEA FIRST BEFORE I GIVE THEM THE PRICE
"WHAT DO YOU USE ON VOCAL EQ" ? - EVERY VOCAL IS TREATED DIFFERENTLY - THERE IS NO "ONE SIZE FITS ALL" HERE
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I'M VERY QUICK AND DELIVER FINAL PRODUCT WITH VERY HIGH QUALITY - I MAKE IT LOOK VERY EASY
PEOPLE THINK THAT IT ALL CAME SO EASY FOR ME TO ACQUIRE ENGINEERING AND PRODUCTION SKILLS WHEN IT TOOK ME WELL OVER 9 YEARS TO MASTER THE PARTICULAR SKILLS
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
WHAT PIECE OF MUSIC MOVES YOU THE MOST AND WHY ?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
THE CLEARER YOUR VISION AND DIRECTION FOR YOUR MUSIC - THE BETTER I CAN DO MY JOB
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
AKG 414 MIC, MY LAPTOP, APOGEE DUET, MIDI KEYBOARD, MASCHINE DRUM PADS
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
STARTED AS A STUDIO MANAGER FOR A FEW COMPOSERS WHEN I MOVED TO LA IN 2007
WORKED MY WAY UP TO COMPOSING FOR A FEW TV SHOWS
AFTER THAT DECIDED I WANTED TO WORK WITH ARTISTS DIRECTLY IN 2012
DID A FEW RECORDS WITH A FEW MAJOR ARTISTS
NOW I LOVE DISCOVERING NEW TALENT AND OPENED MY OWN STUDIO IN 2014
How would you describe your style?
I'M A KID AT HEART SO I LIKE TO HAVE FUN WHILE CREATING MUSIC
YET I'M VERY SERIOUS AND PROFESSIONAL ABOUT MY CRAFT
IT'S MY PASSION IT'S MY LIFE IT'S WHAT I DO SO I ALWAYS STRIVE TO DO SOMETHING I'VE HAVEN'T DONE BEFORE CREATIVELY
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'M A SUCKER FOR INTERESTING VOCAL TEXTURES
SO SOMEONE LIKE TOVE LO, SIA, LANA DEL REY
Can you share one music production tip?
START WITH THE SONG FIRST AND MAKE SURE IT'S SOLID
What type of music do you usually work on?
HOUSE, HIP HOP, SOUL, ROCK, SINGER/SONGWRITER
What's your strongest skill?
BRINGING OUT THE SOUL IN RECORDS AND ARTISTS
What do you bring to a song?
SOUL PASSION LIFE FEELING
What's your typical work process?
IF I'M WORKING WITH AN ARTIST THAT BRINGS ME RAW SONGS - I WOULD LIKE TO GET TO KNOW THE ARTIST ON PERSONAL LEVEL, FIND OUT WHAT INSPIRES THEM, WHAT MOVES THEM - WHAT DO THEY GET THE MOST EXCITED ABOUT SOUND WISE - IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO ESTABLISH A COMMON GROUND WHEN IT COMES TO SOUND BEFORE ANY WORK BEGINS - AFTER THAT I LOVE COLLABORATING WITH THE ARTIST AND SHARING IDEAS AND MORE SO THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX - INSTEAD OF EXPECTING TO GO RIGHT - I WANNA GO LEFT - IT'S ALL ABOUT MAKING AN IMPACT ON ARTISTS' CAREER
Tell us about your studio setup.
FULLY PROFESSIONAL STUDIO FACILITY WITH TOP MICS AND PREAMPS
- MANLEY VOXBOX
- YAMAHA NS-10S
- U47 NEUMANN MIC
- PRO TOOLS
- WAVES COMPLETE BUNDLE
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
- MONTE NUBLE (RIHANNA, KENDRICK LAMAR - KEYS)
- TIM STEWART (LADY GAGA - GUITAR)
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.