DJ H-Man *Alias: Harold * Birthed December 1984, in the heart of Africa (Lusaka, Zambia) The MAN and the Legend: Harold “DJ H- Man” is more than a DJ his been in the game for a minute now. He began this journey as a singer then evolved into the One- MAN-Band- MAN. He Landed in Russia in 2003, where he became enthralled with the Ruski night life. Jo
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Interview with DJ H-MAN
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about me is that most people that havent had the opportunity to get acquainted with my music productions skills, take me as a mere DJ.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you trying to achieve with your music project? What or who is your inspiration?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Relationships are more important than money. Focus on building sustainable relations with clients.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. Acoustic; 2. Laptop; 3. Headphones; 4. Soundcard; 5. Condenser mic
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started producing and writing and recording songs in 2001, with the aim of starting my own recording studio and production house. Producing music for upcoming artists and doing live performances at events and clubs in the Russian federation. I eventually started DJ-ing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my music as a perfect blend of R&B and afro-fusion. My background as a DJ also adds a unique danceable flavour to most of my music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Timberland, because of his versatility; Dr.Dre because of his unique but simple production techniques.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Think outside the box. Music, like any other art is usually born out of from a place of passion.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on R&B and Afrobeats.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Without any formal education in music, I began my career in music improvising. My strongest skill is simple-creativity.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Melody and groove are the strongest additions I bring to a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually compose songs using guitar, and then produce a basic beat and then record vocals to the beat made. Additions of other instruments to the track are done after the main vocals have been recorded. Adlibs and backup vocals are always the last additions i usually make.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is setup at home, in a room dedicated for music production and treated acoustically with sound and bass traps made from acoustic sound panels. I have a Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone hooked to the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 sound interface that i use for recording vocals and acoustic guitars. I have a AKG c1000s that occasionally can be used for recording acoustic guitar and sax. I am using M-Audio BX5 studio monitors for mixing studio works and productions. I am running Cubase 5.0 and FL Studio 20 on windows 10 that i use for production. My vocal and instrument recording is primarily done using Cubase 5.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by Dr. Dre, Timberland, USHER, DJ Maphorisa and Ryan Leslie.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production, songwriting and remixes of songs.