I Am A Self Taught Engineer/Prod. Who’s Produced For 17 Years... I Know What Artists Need To Sonically Match Their Artistry.
I Specialize In Giving DIY Rappers & Singer-Songwriters Instrumentals And Mixing With The “Industry Polish” I Also Do Custom Instrumentals For Scoring / A cappella.
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Interview with Basil “B.Sharpe” Barker Jr.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: You Got it by Brandon Yancey. I was the producer and Engineer
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own album, working with new artists
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Anaya Parker, Brandon Yancey
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: analog, theres a warmth that can't be matched
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will treat your art with respect
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Seeing a client genuinely happy with the complete project and it being release in whatever way they plan on using it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you produce AND engineer me? YES? I can! it also creates an intimate experience with the project that I love.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That just because it seems effortless, that it's easy . There's a lot of love and patience in what engineers and producers do.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: how long they have been in music? what are their inspirations and expectations?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be vulnerable, I know what things are like from an artists perspective, and I will do everything possible to empower my clients to get the sound they deserve
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MAC, Speakers, Midi, interface
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've always wanted to do music, I went to a performing arts hs for Choir. I've been singing since I was about 4
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A blend of traditional rnb, Caribbean influences and alternative elements.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Pharell, he has a work flow that is beyond everyone else
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be intentional about the song, it goes a long way to think twice, maybe even three times about the sound being created
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop, Rnb, Pop, Afrobeats
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being able to identify the opportunity to make a song magic
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring 17 years of musical expertise, classical music training.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Review the track establish key and time of song and let the vibe move me.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic Pro, iMac, Waves Platinum bundle
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My biggest musical inspirations are Pharell Williams, Donnie Hathaway, Kanye, Timbaland, Musiq Soulchild
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I create production from scratch and also post production that hugs existing a capellas. I also mix vocals, and at times if necessary, I contribute to vocals.