Hey, I'm Manilo. I'm a producer and DJ based in sunny South Florida, with over 8 years of experience doing what I love. I've been blessed with opportunities to perform and open for Gunna, Bryce Vine, lovelytheband, 3OH!3, and other great artists. I was amazed to see my song "Minute" gather over 2.5 million views on TikTok!
When it comes to making music, I believe in crossing genres and trying new ideas. My specialty is Electronic and Chill Pop with vocals, but I also show lots of influences of Hip Hop and Lo-Fi in my work.
My goal is to bring your idea to life. I offer beat-making and full production with vocals. I am super easy to communicate with and will bounce ideas and updates with you along the way.
Please shoot me a message if you have any questions.
Hope to work with you,
Feel free to check out all of my work on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, and Instagram
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
Interview with Manilo
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Justin Bieber. I love his vocal style and his production!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Siera Mollakuqe is a great singer and songwriter. We worked together on my song Minute!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital when it comes to Synths and Effects. It's more convenient, cheaper, faster, and it all goes inside of your laptop. I would recommend live instruments though, such as a Guitar and Piano, and something tactile like Ableton Push to spark creativity.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always chase after the things you're scared of. Your mind will try and block you from things outside of your comfort zone, but you can use that to your advantage. If you've always wanted to sing for example, just give it a try. People will love your authenticity. (Happened to me)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop music, with influences of Electronica and Trap.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced a song called Minute last year. I wanted to make my first ever Pop song, so I wrote an idea, then passed it onto a singer right here from SoundBetter to do the songwriting and sing a topline. I also played the guitar and sang background vocals. I'm proud of this song because it was my initiation into Pop and also my most successful song to date!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on a song for a singer from Mexico city, and mixing it alongside another engineer. I'm also preparing some content for some YouTube covers!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll give you a song that's the most interesting or best produced song you've released
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to create things that I somehow thought about in my mind
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sometimes people think I only DJ and I don't make music! But the line between DJ and Producer can be a little blurred these days.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: It helps to have a good idea and vision of what you want your song to be, but keep an open mind in case I suggest something for the benefit of your track, even if you didn't think about it at first!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: my laptop, an interface, an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, and a microphone
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I got involved with music when I was 14 and lived in Mexico. At that time, a friend from school got me into deadmau5, and at the same time my dad would mention stories of how he was a DJ when he was younger. I found it the perfect opportunity to get into DJing. One year later my family moved to Florida and brought me along, so I had to start from the beginning. Not knowing anyone for parties meant no DJing for a while, so instead I got into production. I'd be reading the Laidback Luke forum in class, reading everything about making music. Simple things every day, like what an EQ is, or what is Sidechain compression.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a very modern type of Pop, with clean vocals, a trap beat, and electronic synths from hand-made patches.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Making beats and songs starting from creative ideas
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically a client sends me their vocal and a simple instrumental they may have, sometimes it consists of a single instrument, like a Piano loop. Then we talk about what their vision is for the song and I get to work. I go back and forth sending them renditions of the song to get closer
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Jake Miller, Bazzi, and Lauv, among others!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I tend to produce, mix, and master songs for my clients. They typically have a setup at home that allows them to record professional vocals, and they send me the stems. Afterwards, I handle all the work.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Does it matter if we're using different DAW's?" - Not at all!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What story do you imagine for your song?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My unique taste from a history of making songs in a vast number of genres, as well as my expertise in production with Ableton Live.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Ableton Live 10, Ableton Push, Epiphone Les Paul, Korg microKey, Behringer UMC204 HD Interface, MXL 990 Condenser Microphone