If you're a pro who is never afraid to take risks, loves challenges, and follows their inspiration wherever it takes them, then let's work together! I'm an artist, music producer, singer, and songwriter, and I'd love to create new eclectic songs for modern listeners (i.e. your next hit). I also specialize in directing videos and developing brands.
Contact me if you need professional production/composition for Pop, EDM, Hip-Hop, Industrial Rock, and Film/Cinema. If you need pro mixing and mastering as well, I can provide you with a full package of options for your project, from start to finish. Visit my website (http://www.nagibhawk.com) for a complete listing of my portfolio.
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Interview with Nagib Hawk
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Pop songs, and some world soundtracks
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I appreciate both, but I gravitate towards digital more. That's a lengthy discussion but going down the list, one simple reason is portability. I travel frequently, so having my gear with me is important.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You and I will learn something new in music from our creative journey, and you'll love it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Freedom of expression and limitless possibilities of sound. But at the end of the day, it's reading those heart-warming comments from fans that makes everything worthwhile.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think one misconception is that since I'm doing what I love, it's always gonna be fun! That's not always the case. When you do something professionally -- even it's something that you're ultra passionate about -- it can have its difficulties and painful moments. To me, it's part of the journey.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: The questions are totally based on the type of project, but I tend to ask a lot of details about the project so I can really be in tune with my client.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a plan, know your vision, ask questions, and make sure you have a lot of details to provide, it's important. Also, please don't say things like "that shouldn't take you too long right?" or "It's an easy project."
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A guitar, a knife, a firestarter, rope, a good pair of walking boots
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was actually on a completely different path (i.e. Neuroscience) until 2004 when I realized I took the wrong road. I switched to music production at that time, but really I've been active in music for over 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Organic. I love to draw things from nature, so I like to embed subtle hidden elements in my music that might connect with people subconsciously.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Honestly, any artist who breathes music and loves a challenge.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The details... pay attention to the details.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, hip-hop, soundtracks, cinematic rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: For any project, I try to think out of the box, and during a collaborative effort, I always try to push myself, the artists and the songwriters out of their comfort zone to create a more dynamic output.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A lot of South and East Asian perspective, if necessary.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: That's a complex question which has too many answers that's relative to the project. In general, I'm pretty hands-on in every stage of a song's life because quality control is extremely important to me and my clients. The more details I know about the history of a project and where it's headed, the better my output is. Also, regarding references, sometimes they are extremely useful and sometimes they can harm the creative process. So I like to be careful with that.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I utilize both my home studio and commercial studios for specific projects. As far as studio equipment goes, I'm a minimalist. In other words, I believe in knowing your gear inside-out and being able to push your creative boundaries with whatever you have, rather than the quantity of your setup.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Neptunes, Massive Attack, MJ, Hans Zimmer, Sia, Bruno Mars
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Compose music, mix, and master