I'm C Note, a music producer and performer from Chester with training in both sound production and vocal performance. My passion is in creating sounds that come together to not only make a song, but to tell a story as well.
CJams Productions is an LLC founded by producer, C Note. C Note works from Chester, Va with local artist in the surrounding Richmond areas. C Note started his music career in 2014 and has talents in audio engineering as well as vocal performing. C Note also completed his musical education at a recording school in Richmond in 2018. At "DaSpot Recording Studio" he worked under the guidance of his mentor, Kelly Jones and Matt Miller, and other accredited music professionals.
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Interview with C Note
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you're looking for someone to work with in music, make sure the person is someone you can vibe with. It's one thing to work on a song with someone and pump out tracks after tracks. It's another thing when you can find someone you can vibe with. That will lead to a much better creative flow, better music for sure, and most importantly a really fun time. If you aren't having fun while creating music, then whats the point?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to mash up different genres together. Typically, R&B, Jazz, Pop, Hip-hop, and gospel. It really depends on the song. Sometimes I'll mix the genres to find a good balance between.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: At times I'll write lyrics first, then work on the music after. Most of the time I make the music then write lyrics afterwards. My music usually starts with the beat, then i follow it with chords, then a melody. When i finish putting everything together, I like to see if i can add little nuances here and there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently have a home studio set up. Duo monitors, 3 keyboards, the Persons Faderport 16 as my control surface, Maschine MK3 as well as the 2.0 software, Logic where I create and roughly mix my music as well as record, Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 as my interface, two Audio- technica headphones, AKG 214 microphone, two 5 in. BX5 M-Audio monitors, and two 8 in. UBL monitors
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: To name a few, there's Stevie Wonder, Jon Bellion, Jill Scott, and Kanye West.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do for my clients is beat making. Usually clients will come to my studio, and will either request to hear what I already have or will request a new beat all together. That allows us to work together to create a perfect blend of my style and their vision.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Theres this really funky song I'm currently working on. I produced it, wrote it, performed it, and mixed it. I'm still writing lyrics to the song but it's almost finished.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An original song that i hope to finish at some point.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Nope. I'm completely new to this.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Eh... I'd prefer digital. Don't get me wrong, I honestly think that analog is way better than digital, but with digital, I can afford it. The only cost is that it won't sound as good as the really thing, but its pretty darn close.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That we will be good friends after the session. I want people to be comfortable coming into my studio and leaving wanting to come back... hopefully.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love mixing songs. I love the feeling of being able to make a song sound clear, and good, and then being able to add effects to sounds.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Did you create all this yourself?" and I usually answer with, "Yes"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: that what I do is super complicated. It's really to that complicated. If anything, it's more tedious mainly because there are a lot of little things you have to pay very close attention to when creating and mixing. Especially mixing.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: When creating music or recording vocals, my biggest question is "doest it feel good?". When creating, I try to make sure that what I make leaves a good impression, a good feeling, something relatable and memorable.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer, first all, Maschine MK3, Line-6 keyboard, Focusrite, and finally my AKG 214 microphone
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Well I'm still working on pursuing my career. I've been in music now for 6-7 years
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Very chill. rhythmic, poppy, jazzy, "saucy". and bass heavy
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Jon Bellion. He is my biggest inspiration in today's music. He is what ultimately inspired me to become an engineer and helped me learn how to write simple lyrics to a song and still make it catchy.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When it comes to creating melodies, don't over saturate different melodies. Better yet, don't have a bunch of melodies in one song. Find at least one melody that sounds and feels really good and build upon that.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually do Hip-hop with my brother.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Singing. It's how I got started doing music. I started singing in church. Then I learned how to make beats, produce a song, then finally mixing a song. While those are pluses, singing is really my strongest skill.