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Interview with Kenneth Carlo
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My latest single "Nada Me Separará", I produced it, wrote it (Spanish content). The song really grooves and it was a bit outside of my comfort zone to produce it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own personal music, as well as some projects for clients.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog will always have a warmer tone, but digital allows quick edits, as well as data transfers from device to device.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Always professional and courteous
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being able to try and get inside the artist's mind and bring out their ideas into music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long does it take to finish a song? Usually a song's foundation can take about a 3-5 days (that includes a few revisions), and about a week for final details.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I do NOT mix, although I can balance out each instrument so that it sounds promising to the client, and so that they can get an idea of how it can sound down the line or production such as mixing and then mastering.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: If the song already has a chord structure, how comfortable are you with complete or minor changes to further enhance your ideas?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask all the questions you need to ask, after all, it IS a service being provided to you. It should sound exactly as you're envisioning it, so be as detailed as possible so that the producer can provide the ideas coming from your mind.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic Guitar, bass guitar (assuming there's electricity), laptop, EDEN Preamp Pedal
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've always chosen to do music. I've been doing producing and arranging for more than 20 years now.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: So many to mention, but perhaps someone like Bruno Mars for his creativity and style of music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: In order to maintain creativity flowing, when creating, don't worry so much about "the right sound or patch", as it will distract you from what really important: the song and idea. Lay your ideas down, and then when you're finished, replace the "sound" with the right instrument vst of choice.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: CCM, Pop/Rock, Smooth Jazz, Pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Song Arrangement
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Chord substitutions, reharmonization.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to take a vocal track (no music) and lay upon it what the song could sound like musically, always checking in with the artist for their approval of arrangement.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work from a Home MIDI Studio, although I do record Bass guitar live through a EDEN WTDI Preamp Pedal, as well as basic guitars.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Luis Miguel, Brian McKnight, Israel Houghton, Gerald Albright