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Interview with MixedbyDowd
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The EP I helped Ceci Nguyen make. I recorded, produced, mixed and mastered it myself. It was a large production that had to happen over a single weekend and it is the best work I have done to date. She is amazing!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A Hip-hop single, a Folk EP, and an Alt-Rock LP. I am very excited about all three!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet, but I will
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It does not matter to me. I am more concerned about whether or not the song makes you feel something. I can get either medium to sound great.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my very best to make sure you are happy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The reactions the musicians have when I have nailed the sound they were looking for. It's the best!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge? When are you available? Answer - "It depends."
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it is easy. I can be... but not if you want to stand out.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I typical have a fair amount of technical questions; key, tempo, bit depth, sample rate, how was it recorded? But I mostly ask what they do and don't like about the mix so far and if they have some professional produced artists or songs that are close to what they wan to hear.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk to them. Have a real conversation about what you are looking for and don't be afraid to ask for what you want.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1- A large solar battery and panel, 2-My Focal Twins, 3-An Apollo 8p, 4- A U67 5- A SM57
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started working with local artist in Seattle and then moved to Nashville to attend The Blackbird Academy. I have been here ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Immersive and exciting
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Anyone who is smart and driven. These are the keys to success!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure your vocal performance is believable and matches the music and lyrics! It will make or break the song!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip-Hop and Alt-Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Recoding, Mixing, and tuning Vocals
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emotion! The thing that should always be the main focus throughout every sage of production.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typical mix one day and master the next. This helps me keep a fresh perspective but also teaches me how much one effect the other.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a treated room in my home that has a desk and a couch. I have Focal Twin6 BE monitors, a 2018 MacBook Pro, an Apollo rack, 8 MOTU preamps, 12 UAD chips, A few guitars, keyboards and a bass. Also, 15 microphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jacquire King, Josh Gudwin, and Mixbyali
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, mastering, and vocal recording