I did some mixing work for Grand Hustle for a while helping develop an artist I helped mold and package. When I met her, she was great live singer. Getting her to the a management deal with Grand Hustle was a fulfilling moment.
Mixing and mastering a great sounding recording gives me a natural high. Getting a mix to sound good is fun, but the master process?!?! This is the final stage. This is where that "radio ready" sound is achieved. This is where an artist can really hear themselves for the first time and say, "I'm a Recording Artist" if the master is done correctly. I just love the sound of a great mix! I want to Master as many songs as I can get my hands and ears on, then I'll put them all in an ongoing playlist and just drive around the city. This is what I would love to do with your creation. Doesn't matter the genre, the passion is still the same. A great sounding song is all that matters to me!
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Interview with Ericson Porter
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The two that I'm working on now, because I haven't made a beat in years! I'm a little rusty but I'm working it out! And its sounding pretty dope!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Producing 2 albums where I'll be mixing and mastering. Mastering another project.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't. I'm new here, but I'm here to help!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Digital has gotten pretty good. If done correctly, it's hard to tell the difference. Digital makes it easy to recall. Analog you can push harder.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will put the music first. I won't take your money if I know that it could be better than it actually is.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The excitement I hear when a client hears their Mastered Song.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What do you think about the mix? It depends on what's wrong with it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I can fix a bad mix and make it good. I can only make a bad mix sound like a polished bad mix. This is why I don't charge to make suggestions to will help the mix. It's all about the music!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you think your mix could be better, or is this truly your Final Mix? Is there anything on your Master Bus? Do you have any referencing songs you want me to listen to? What do you like about them?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just make sure you won't feel like you don't have a chance to learn about your mix. I will let you know if the mix isn't working. And suggest changes. The better your mix, the better my master!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming I have power, Computer, my Focal Trio 6be's, My Apollo Twin, My Townsend Mic, and a Midi Controller. I'll be fine.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've started building my studio since 2006. I was self taught. So I do understand the thought process of the average person who doesn't have someone that they can sit and learn from. I didn't take this approach with Mastering. I decided it would be better for me if I learned from a grammy award winning Mastering Engineer. And all I can say is, it made my Mixes Better!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like a "phat" sound. If that makes sense. Strong low end that doesn't over power. I don't really make one type of music. I just make music when I am in that mode.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Drake, mastering one of his songs would probably challenge me in a good way.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make your beat in Mono, when it's time to mix, you will thank me.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop. But I was taught Mastering techniques on all genres to ensure the concept was retained. EDM is actually my favorite.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Understanding what the client wants by figuring out the right question to ask.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The boundaries!!!!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen, balance, glue, Volume
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have almost every uad plugin. They just sound good. I also have access to analog gear as well. I get the job done on my Adam Audio T7V's, and I check the energy on my Focal Trio 6be's. I'm a studio one user. Although I have tons of plugins, for mastering, I stick with the same few that get the job done.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Thriller, this album just withstands time. It sounds amazing on anything you decide to listen to it on.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Give my feedback on their mix tracks to get them ready for a better master.