XRJ Foundation/Sessions is a nonprofit professional HD Recording Facility where all session proceeds directly fund STEAM Education for students K-12.
XRJ Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that houses XRJ Sessions, a premier recording facility. XRJ Sessions offers HD Recording, Mixing, Mastering, and more! Our new 10,000 sq ft facility located in Chantilly, Virginia is one of a kind. With over 6 recording spaces, lesson rooms, digital media rooms, on-site video/photo shoots, a cafe, and an event center, XRJ Foundation has brought a new creative hub to Virginia, Maryland and DC.
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Interview with XRJ Foundation / XRJ Sessions
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An R&B album and a Barbershop Choir EP
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: We love working with and helping people achieve their goals building careers in music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals with your music?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Antelope Audio Galaxy64, Neve 1073, 1176 Compressor, Shure SM7b, Kaotica Eyeball
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Senior members of our team have been working as full time engineers, producers, and musicians for the last 20+ years.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rap/Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Rock, Metal, Classical, World-Music, Gospel, Electronic
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: This can sometimes be overlooked, but the greatest thing that our engineers can provide is EXPERIENCE. Having a combined 50 years experience between engineers and producers helps a lot of artists save time and avoid common pitfalls when making music. Additionally, having stayed current with music trends our team can ensure that each artist gets the sound they are looking for.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: BOTH. Because they are both great in different ways. We like to use each to their advantages.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will always work with you to get the best out of your music.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always tour a location before booking. A simple walk-through and conversation can show you a lot.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communicating with people and LISTENING with our ears.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: This can range greatly depending on the workflow of the person we are working with. Generally, there is a set flow that goes something like -- production/writing, recording, editing/comping takes, "pocketing" vocals and instruments, Mixing blending and tonal balance of recorded tracks, spending a little extra time on effects and the "signature sauce" for a given song, finally Mastering overall project level with final tonal balancing and fades.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: At XRJ there are multiple recording, mixing, and mastering suites. This allows a larger number of sessions and courses to occur simultaneously. At XRJ, we believe that this type of environment fosters greater levels of networking and creativity than in a smaller studio setting. Artists can even network and connect with other artists in our cafe between sessions or during breaks. All of the equipment at XRJ Sessions is top of the line and the rooms were acoustically designed to produce professional results effortlessly.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: All Time Favorite Engineers/Producers: Leslie Brathwaite Dave Pensado Manny Marroquin Mike Brauer
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Typically when I work with clients I am involved to some degree in the whole process. This means I assist in the songwriting and arrangement process, perform recording and comping duties, then work with the client through the mixing and mastering process.