Quote... “lovely to see the art of a true musicianship be reflected in every tool within Asylum, as if there has been built something here that allows the dopest of minds to flower with creativity without ever muttering the words “if only I had…” – lyallmoloney.com
Studio owner, jSun, has been involved in the Audio & Entertainment industry for almost 3 decades in a wide range of areas including the above mentioned Studio & Live Sound mixing & Recording, Production & Live Performance, Training & mentoring, Event promotion & hosting and of course slinging vinyl since day 1. Coming from the Analog world of audio & Hardware production, he has developed the principles of the Asylum to represent the excellence in traditional techniques for the modern day world of audio capabilities.
From mixing & production possibilities to sound design on a small range of desired hardware synths & maximizing the capabilities of Digital mixing & recording devices, the intricate detail & performance versatility of his input is yet to be matched in the world that shares his skills.
The recording, mixing & production services of the Instrumental Asylum have been renowned for developing an original sound within the genres that he puts his efforts towards. With some of the finest tools at his disposal & the truest forms of monitoring available, the outcomes of his work will continue to deliver the results that make your sound stand out in the mix & appeal to the ears of your listeners.
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Interview with Instrumental Asylum
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: From producing all music & lyrical content, recording to pre master mixing & live sound, occasional mastering to vinyl & other formats the Asylum has created a very casual approach to covering many sides of this industry.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: With Midi as its foundation, a range of modern classics in electronic & analog signals comprise of the production side of things (Moog, MPC's, Nord, Yamaha, Novation). Few analog effects from Lexicon, Roland & Korg thrown in for good measure. They go into Midas pre's for Harrisons Mixbus & the full Sweat of UAD with 10 cores to mix (previously Pro Tools & Logic but still available) That mix comes out of Auratone Cubes, Event Opals & a JBL 8K PA. External Pre's, Compressors & Eq's available to track thru or bus to for their roles.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If theyre producing for someone with material we bring the track together with each other & our sound. If theyre writing from scratch ill usually kind some keys or drop a beat on the MPC's thinkin of a few lyrics that ive begun for them.. When its mixing acts music its all Analog summing before we go anywhere.. But after all of the above we dig into a finite mix of detail to deliver the warm timeless sound the Asylum is renowned for
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Mostly everything for my own productions but for their clients they bring a place & time over history for them to relate to whilst staying true to their intentions. Working with the Asylum is a unique experience, so very relaxed & so very big picture. The nearly 30 years of sound has taught this guy more that it sounds like.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Holistic industry knowledge & impeccable ears but most of all family!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop, Reggae, EDM genres including but not limited to Glitch Hop, Dub Step, D&B & House amongst others
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: dont look at the screen...
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Seriously.. if i said 1 i would have to say many! but they gotta get back to mixing as you kno..
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Intuitive really.. Backed by an all Analog upbringing & skills invested wisely
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Keys, Drums, Bass, Vinyl, before 15, Turntablism, mixing live before 18. Dip Audio Eng & Production inc 1 reggae band before 21. Studio owner & live recording leader by 30. Full time industry service specialist before 40. Current age 43... still cracks me up im this old LOL
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Aside of the essential Solar panels, Batteries & Inverter my list wld be..MPC, Auratone Cubes, Rode NT-1 Kaoss Pad & Melodica..
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Learn from experience thats willing to teach & the get catapulted into your industry the way you want to.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your dreams..
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: They say mixing & everyone wants to see them behind the turntables.. lol They ok there too dont you worry, just prefer helpng people with original music!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: whats your price... ;) its a great way of thinning out the serious artists from the bottom feeders. ;) no offense, it really helps me not charge too much cos my schedule is months out already..
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Workin with the sounds of people expressing themselves in the most passionate & expressive way. Its a real privilege to encourage & tighten up their sound
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Its a Madd House in here!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Best of both! It would be foolish not to as long as youve got the background in Analog to back it up. Something that is missing in the last 20 years of industry direction of newcomers
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mixing & mastering for 3 acts & 1 record label in Hip Hop,Glitch Hop, Acoustic Hip Hop & House while producing Reggae & Bass music for 2 other acts & then my own stuff..
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: New Acoustic Looper with Hip Hop sentimentalities in his Lyrics. Real humble & casual with the topics so many will appreciate in their own lives. But also a wikid Label thats got no boundaries in the genres im lovin in my ears! Great times really!