Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I love the recording Process however, My favorite project would have to be my involvement with the Live Stage Show "American Soul Music Show" I'm a Detroit "Motown" Native and this production focused on the sound and style of the Motown era. It was one of my most memorable experience especially since I grew up idolizing the artist and sound of that generation.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently working on a few projects for local artist as while as in the negotiate stages of a compilation album that will hopefully feature some really great emerging artist and a few Industry Vets.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I'm new to the SoundBetter online community so I would have to find out, However I believe I will be referring the site to many friends.
Analog or digital and why?
I would have to say Both, While Analog feeds the Musical Enthusiast in me with my undying obsession with time period recording era, due to my age and generation I missed by 3 decades or so I can not deny that digital is the prime example of what and how early analog equipment aimed to produce and sound. Technology has without question created a beautiful jump and growth in Music and sound production.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise every Client I will be just as passionate as they are for there project.
What do you like most about your job?
I love the ability to work with people from all walks of life, and that they offer you a glimpse into their mind and life when you are creating together. Music and art has a strong vulnerability that's involved you are connected to people when you are bringing quality to the work.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Most commonly , My fee's , Credits, and Time frame to complete a project.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I think the biggest misconception people have when you say you're in production is that they assume you are a "Beat Maker".. That term alone drives me insane because so much of what goes on in the production aspect surpasses the simplicity of JUST making beats.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
The first 5 questions I as customers are
1.What is your vision of the project ?
2. Why are you doing this project ?
3. What things are you willing to compromise or improve to this project ?
4. What is the time frame if any for this project ?
5. Lastly , What is the Budget for this Project ?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I would say , Have your files ready and be open to suggestions .
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Pencil , Paper ,Headphones , iPod and charging source.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I grew up in music, however I have been professionally working in music for 13 years . I had a Artist agreement at 17 with Columbia Records under former Production company after that ended I started working indie as a Record Producer and have been ever since.
How would you describe your style?
I think my style is very much a fusion between early Motown and Hip Hop. I'm Midwest Detroit Native so I grew up with lot of Southern influences. However I traveled a lot in my teen years so I think picked up a bit of every sound as I went along.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would love to work the Chance the rapper & Andre'3000 on a song together. I think the creative flow and ability to convey
Can you share one music production tip?
I think the most effective tip would be , To always have a second pair of fresh ears to listen to your mix or project before you do that last an final mix. Sometimes we spend so many hours mixing and focusing we have trouble hearing the little smaller things .. Fresh Ears allows for those little things that slip through the cracks.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I have worked in various genres , a lot of EDM/Trap/R&B/ Pop /Hip hop / Rap/
What's your strongest skill?
I think my strongest skill is the ability to work well under Time constraints and pressure.
What do you bring to a song?
I think my creativity and professionalism is what I bring to projects.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I'm a certified Pro Tools User however I enjoy producing in Logic Pro, Some of the gear I use :
Solid State Logic XL9080 K Series SuperAnalogue
Avid Pro Tools HDX2 v10 with 80in/80out
Apple Mac Pro 12-Core w/16gb of RAM
Apple 30” Cinema Display
Apple Logic Pro
Studer A827 2” 24-track recorders
ATR ½” – 1” 2-track recorder
Panasonic 4100 DAT Recordert
HHB CDR830 Burn-It Plus
API 550A EQ (mics)
Avastor HDX-800 FireWire drives (additional purchase)
I also use ton's of Plug ins and other Production equipment
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
My credits include various Indie ,Major label Recording artist as well as Live stage Production
Most Recent productions included,
Alantic Records , Def Jam Records, The American Soul Music Variety Show, Amazing Jonathan just to name a few.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I'm a hip hop enthusiast , but I have recorded in every genre of music.