I won't stop until the mix is right for you!
F.I.R.S.T. Institute, Orlando Florida
I mainly mix and edit any and all music.
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Interview with Gage Jones
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I personally love the sound of analog gear, I own 1073 clone, and a LA-2A clone. I also use Steven Slate, and Waves replicas of analog gear, so I can get really close to the original tones created by the analog gear that I do not currently own.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: YES! Anthony Turi. Great guy. Amazing Engineer. He set records at the Institute I attended, my personal Idol.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I won't stop making your mix better until you tell me it's done.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love working with an artist, and hearing their voice when they get to listen to their song finished. It brings me joy when I hear them get excited about their song!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Do you know how to make me sound like- *insert artist name*? A: Yes. I listen to almost everything. I actively listen to any song I hear and pick it apart.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm not a surgeon. I cannot dissect and fix every issue in a song. The hardest part of making a song is the recording. I do the stitches. Put things together, and glue them!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of sound are you going for? What song should I use for a reference track? Do you have any special ear candy effects you specifically want? If yes, what and where?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Send .wav files... I've had so many artists send me .m4a, .mp3, and even .flac.. Who uses flac? Also, not every problem can be fixed. Make sure that your recording is as good as it can get. It makes a big difference when you have a good recording.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mic, interface, laptop, Juno-60, generator
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Originally I wanted to be a beatmaker and a producer. I felt like making beats was rather redundant. I was always on a block. Occasionally I will still drop a banging beat though. Now I heavily gravitate towards mixing. I can match the energy of the person I'm working with, and still express my creativity. I've been in the music industry for the last 5 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I don't really have a style. I go with what I think will sound best to fit that particular artist's style. I'm very versatile.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Roddy Ricch. He knows how to bring power into a song. "War baby" is probably his best song. Power and feel behind that one.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Soundgoodizer doesn't make a whole lot of things sound good. Haha. No, but really I think that if something sounds good, do it. Music isn't about technicalities, it's about feeling, emotion and vibe. If you have to do some unorthodox stuff to make an instrument sound cool, go for it!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing. I also make beats, and produce for some local artists near me!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity, power, and I enhance the emotion in the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First, I start with fades and cleaning up any dead space. Then I find any issues in the recording, or any that can be fixed for that matter. Then I start vocal tuning. After tuning, I finish cleaning up the sound. Then I add the "Magix Sauce."
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Diffusion based treatment with bass absorption. Yamaha Hs8 studio monitors, with the accompanying subwoofer. Using a physical mixer doesn't work with my workflow. Steven Slate and Wave Plug-ins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tony Maserati, Timbaland, Dave Pensado, Tony Anderson (I've personally mixed alongside him! Great guy.), Nole Cambell, and Bob Kratz.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I Mix Hip-Hop and Trap music. I often work with artists who record outside of a studio. I know how to combat the issues that come along with recording in an uncontrolled environment.