Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I co-wrote the music for and produced Eva Edith's Freedom Road EP, you can buy it here https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/freedomroad or https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/freedom-road-ep/id1071684798 or https://evaedith.bandcamp.com/
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on a Spanish Bossa Nova/Chill Music album with Eva Edith Hernandez. I am also working on my own 8 song instrumental album with all original music, every song was made on my kalimba and then built on with every other instrument I play in my home studio, the EP will feature 8 ALL original instrumental compositions with 7 short interlude melodies made with only the kalimba in between the 8 tracks. My goal is to release it before Summer 2017.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Eva Edith Hernandez is an amazing Singer/Songwriter and Jazz/Latin/Soul Vocalist.
Michael Makowski is an amazing Mixing/Mastering Engineer.
Analog or digital and why?
Both, always, always be open to use all tools surrounding you. I started out as a DJ, so I started out as a musician bound to electricity. Knowing that my deep love for music could only exist where there is electricity pushed me to learn acoustic instruments and embrace ALL music.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will do my best to bring your ideas to life.
What do you like most about your job?
Providing the sound someone was looking for is always enough for me, getting paid for it is a bonus.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
They usually ask me if I understand what they want, most times the answer is yes.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I don't know, maybe I look mean or judgemental, but I am very solution/goal oriented.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What type of feeling are we portraying with this song?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Do your research on them, Youtube is best place to start.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Classical Guitar, bongos or congas, an acoustic or upright bass, some type of woodwind or horn to practice and Steel Drums or Vibraphone to learn as well. Lol
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Music Producer, over 16 years now as a self proclaimed professional.
How would you describe your style?
Open and laid back, sometimes intense and sometimes so peaceful you can sleep to it.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Bebel Gilgerto or Seu Jorge because I love Bossa Nova and would love to learn a new language thru music.
Can you share one music production tip?
Always be open to new processes.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hip Hop, R&B and Bossa Nova.
What's your strongest skill?
I think my strongest skill is listening and applying my work tastefully.
What do you bring to a song?
I like to let the song tell me what I can bring to it, sometimes it is something out of my ability, this pushes me to get better, sometimes it doesn't ask me to bring anything, that can also be a tough pill to swallow, but I do my best to listen and take to the advice of the music because the music is always right.
What's your typical work process?
Depends if it is just session work or if I am producing the track, if I am producing, I like to start by brainstorming on what I want to make and from there I can pick my first instrument to record. From there it is like painting a canvas, I have my direction mapped out and I just take my time getting to where I want to go.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have 2 Turntables, a Mixer, Serato, a Microphone, Bongos, Kalimba, Kaizen Steele Tongue Drum, Djembe, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar with Wah Pedal, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Steel Guitar, Reason 9 with an Akai MPK 25 and a Macbook Pro.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am inspired by many artists of many different genres, I would say some of my biggest inspirations are Raphael Saadiq, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Bebel Gilberto, Sade, Seu Jorge, Trent Reznor, EL-P, Gang Starr, Dilated Peoples, Living Legends Crew, Invisible Skratch Piklz, DJ Craze, Everlast, Bonobo, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Rick James, Simply Red, Chicago, Kanye West, J Dilla, the Beatnuts, the Beat Junkies, DJ Abilities, Atmosphere and Babbletron.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Scratches and cuts, sometimes beat juggles if specified and music production. Hopefully Guitar and Bass sessions more often moving forward.