I'm a grammy winning recording engineer/programmer. I've worked with A-list artist such as Beyonce, Jay-Z, J-Lo, Pharaohe Monch, Busta Rhymes, Tiffany Moniquie, Jill Scott, and a host of others.
Kwiz's production credits include Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, T.I., Slick Rick, Earth Gyrlz, The Family Stand, Tashan, Tiffany Moníque, Bliz Kardai, Flight School Alumni and many more. In the areas of mixing/mastering, he has lent his expertise to artists such as Pit Bull (2012 Tour), Papoose’s 2015 album “You Can’t Stop Destiny”, The Goodfellaz, Earth Gyrlz, Dark Skinned Assassin, Tiffany Moníque, Bliz Kardai and more. Kwiz has also operated as Recording Engineer for BET’s “Black Girls Rock” award show and notably, Multi-Platinum Grammy-award winning superstar, Beyoncé, for her last four world tours, as well as her historic 2013 & 2015 SuperBowl Halftime Performances. In the world of television, Kwiz has been a freelance composer for ESPN since 2000 with credits including the theme for "NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad" as well as ABC's "NBA Inside Stuff".
Kwiz is an audio programmer/recording engineer who has toured across the globe in this role for several of today's most notable, Grammy-award winning & platinum recording artists including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ciara, Brandy, Monica, J-Lo, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Missy Elliott, Pharaohe Monch, Kanye West, George Michael, Action Bronson, Rachel Platten and more.
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I’ve known and worked with Kwiz for almost two decades. We have collaborated on countless songs and two albums. In the course of our work together, Kwiz has functioned in every role essential to making great music; engineer, producer, programmer, writer and perhaps my favorite role of all - a band member. I count it a blessing our paths crossed early and enthusiastically recommend his expertise to you!
I’m an aspiring writer/recording artist who was graced with the opportunity to work with Kwiz on several records over the past year. I must say it’s definitely a pleasure to work with a professional at his caliber. He is knowledgeable and even helped me with tips and information to reach higher quality sound at my home studio. I will definitely recommend Kwiz as an elite to anyone who wants their work to be professionally mixed and mastered.
Kwiz -- Producer, extraordinaire. I have worked with and known Kwiz for more than a decade in our experience with Capitol Records, and his ambition knows no limits. His production; clean, crisp tracks, unique compilation skills as well as his solid vocal feel and all that; accompanied by his unwavering dedication to his craft. If you need him for anything regarding music, production, collaboration and I’m sure the list is growing as we speak, etc. He’s the real thing.
I've had the pleasure of working with Kwiz for close to 9 years now in my role as Music Director for Beyoncé. He has worked with me on numerous projects to bring her special magic to the stage. Kwiz is a professional and he is knowledgeable in many fields. He brings invaluable experience to any music table he sits and would be a fine addition to any project. I not only endorse Kwiz as a top tier choice as a music professional but also as a person, which is the most important piece for me. Hire him with a peace of mind and the expectation of excellence!
Kwiz and I have been creating music together for over a decade now. We first collaborated on a record titled “Hello World”, which was featured on a Sundance independent film soundtrack. Since that time, Kwiz and I have collaborated on numerous songs over the years. He has truly been a mentor to me.
Whether you need a producer, musician, engineer, or a studio to record high quality vocals, Kwiz has you covered in all areas. He is very professional, passionate about music, and extremely detailed-oriented. I can vouch that you will not be disappointed with his services. Check him out!
Kwiz is by far , in my 30 plus years in the Recording and Music Industry my Top and First Choice! I've worked with Military and Civilian Musicians......Engineers from Broadway Artists to Foreign National Ensembles, to World Renowned Classical Musicians and First Tier Grammy Nominated Jazz Musicians......the one defining characteristic they all possess is a refined Musicality; so does Kwiz. When you need Professionalism, Superior Technical facility , and most of all Great Energy with People, look no further. I trust him. Look no further.
Kwiz and I have worked together with Beyoncé on multiple tours and performances across the globe. I can speak directly to his excellent musical ear, his unwavering professionalism, and tireless work ethic in the face of high pressure situations. Can’t wait to work again with him
I was introduced to Kwiz by an artist while they were recording his album for MCA/UNIVERSAL and found the atmosphere enjoyable yet very efficient to complete a musical task that can sometimes be very grueling and stressful . I immediately decided I need to record my projects with Kwiz , and never looked back!! He brings a level of professionalism needed to reassure the artist that your creation is in impeccable hands. A very gifted producer and excellence driven engineer , Kwiz displays an uncanny ability to put all the essential pieces together to accomplish the ultimate goal ; perfection.
Interview with Kwiz
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven't thoroughly looked through everyone that's on SoundBetter.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced an album called "The Black Light Chronicles". It's a socially conscious multi genre'd album that I produced that contained 11 different artists. It was critically acclaimed and is something I'm extremely proud of. Also, I received several Grammy nominations for my work with Beyonce as a recording engineer/audio programmer. I won a Grammy as recording engineer/audio programmer for her Coachella performance.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just finished recording Pharoahe Monch for a performance for the Steven Colbert show. Currently producing multiple indie artists.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog for the harmonic distortion. Digital for the editing ease and storage medium.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to deliver the best product that I can.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Meeting new people!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What is your rate? My answer, it depends on what you would like me to do...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Not all producers are actually producers; they're sometimes just beat makers.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How can I be of service? What is your deadline? What is your budget?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you're looking for me to produce, please be ready to have fun, and have an open mind. Be professional but don't take the process so seriously that you allow yourself to be uptight and tense. We're all artists and want to be respected, but more importantly, we want to be heard; we want to share our art with the world. Allow yourself to take in the moment when recording and realize just how magical the process is!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A laptop, an UAD Apollo Twin, a pair of Sennheiser HD 650 headphones, Native Instruments S61 keyboard, and Native Instruments Maschine Mk3.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a vocal arranger, then a producer/engineer. I then began composing for television, mainly for ESPN which I still do today. I then fell into audio programming, and have been doing that for 15 years. All in all, I've been working in this industry professionally for 25 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is adaptive. I pride myself in being able to create in almost any genre.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kendrick Lamar because of the way he delivers his performance, and how incredibly he crafts his lyrics!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When recording vocals, always make the vocalist as comfortable as possible. Find out what the talent likes, and dislikes during a session and do your best to serve their needs. That goes a long way, especially when working with artists that are nervous in front of the mic..
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop, R&B, Neo-soul, and Pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to bring out the best in the artist by coaching how they deliver the song/rap or musical performance. Sometimes I just stay out of the way. Production is about knowing what's best for the artist and song, and knowing when to leave things alone in order to best serve the project.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: In production, typically, I come up with a track for a client. Once they approve the vibe of the track, we sit down and have a writing/recording session. Then I'll assist with vocal arrangements if needed. Once the client is happy with the song and recording, I start the mixing stage.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a hybrid setup of analog, and digital gear. My mix downs all pass through analog circuitry including tube eq's, and various transformers, depending on what I'm trying to sonically achieve.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones, J. Dilla, D'Angelo,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Produce, record, then mix. Also, record, and program.