Hey guys. My name is Mikey, aka Yung Sum, which you can find virtually on any streaming service or social media. I'm a music producer, musician, songwriter, and artist, and I release music regularly. Would love to collaborate more with different producers/genres, so let me know what's up!
Michael (Mikey) Rodriguez, proficiently known as Yung Sum, is at the brink of causing a global scene in the music industry. With over 7 years of music production and songwriting under his belt, he's wildly amassed over 5,000,000 streams across platforms.
Michael started producing at the age of 12, and has carried his class professionally for over 3 years, releasing his first project, Journals, in the fall of 2019. Bringing us into 2020, he's put out over 10 singles, and an EP entitled, Stages, which has gained over 700,000 streams on Spotify alone. Mikey currently resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Mikey's been featured in over 9 Spotify Editorial playlists (Fresh Finds, Study Break, Libra, young & free, New Music Friday Christian, and more) and has been written up by both Early Rising and Before The Data (shoutout Sam Morrison and Ben Frigeri).
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Interview with Yung Sum
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Singles to release! And hopefully a full-length album sometime soon.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will deliver the best product, to suit your needs and liking.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making great music.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It is very hard and very tedious.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of style are you looking for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust the process.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook, for sure, headphones and an external hard drive LMAO, Ableton, and unlimited Splice credits.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been writing and producing music for over 8 years, and have worked with many publishing companies and labels, such as, Universal Music Group, APG/Atlantic, Internet Money, and Black Box Recordings (what I'm currently signed under as an artist).
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Very smooth, chill, aromatic vibes. Easy listening and inspiring. Fun and up-lifting.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with either Jon Bellion or Jeremy Zucker, because their music production is unmatched, in my opinion.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always mix everything quiet, lol.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop music, Indie Music, Singer-songwriter, Electronic, HipHop/Rap.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Music production or songwriting.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Smooth vocals, clean mixes, and heavy, hard-hitting production.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Making beats! Finding a great melody/sample and adding fire drums to it, and then re-structuring the song accordingly.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: - Mac G-5 (Logic 9) - Shure KSM-27 - 2021 Macbook Pro (Ableton)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jeremy Zucker, Jon Bellion, Bazzi, Lauv, Zachary Knowles, remy.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music Production, Features (Writing & Recording Vocals), Mixing, and Mastering.