I am a vocal specialist and I have a keen ear for bad frequencies. I have worked with countless indie and unsigned artists and have mentored more then a handful of professionals now in the game. My passion is producing a hot track, if you need hooks, motivation or beats i'm your guy. Let's work together and let me show you what I can bring.
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Interview with R1 The PRO
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just finished a double album with over 14 tracks for myself to show off my writing and productions skills. Please let me know what you think.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: uhh, wow. Analog is really awesome to work with because there's nothing like being in an all analog studio with grungy sounds and huge mixing boards. But, digital just looks good. My dream is to own a full fledged smart studio with touch screen mixers and scientifically/ mathematically calibrated acoustics. Bro that would be dope!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be surprised! in a good way.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I don't like it, I love it. this is something then even when I am doing something else if for some reason music comes across my mind I rush whatever it is i'm doing to work on more music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can I do it for cheaper? no. Someone else probably can. Do I master? yes and no. My way of mastering is not the pro way, I know mixing very well but mastering is a hidden and very low key society of ninjas and swordsmen that take gold and turn it into diamonds.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: it's easy! it's not.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of mic do you use? do you have the rights to the music? how long have you been doing this? do you have an examples of work?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please please please make sure you send stems in wav format. If possible the whole pro tools file if not that's cool I can manage. Also, be sure to send me something properly recorded if not I cannot polish a terd. In collabs, anything goes, I just love working so let's get it.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Mac, audio interface, and a dope ass vocal mic. Oh, A blender for some fruit smoothies and a pair of Sennheiser headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I first studied music business and after a while I dropped out, then I got into Graphic Design and am still doing that on a daily basis. After years of writing and working on productions and audio I finally went to study for Audio Engineering and fell madly in love with it. I am almost 25 years deep into music but have never managed to be as good as I am now. it's been a long road but I can truly say I mastered my talents and skills.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is tedious and precise. I like taking my time with vocals, and in writing lyrics. My delivery is very confident. Confident style!!!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Bad Bunny or his audio engineer lol, he is talented in so many facets of entertainment and I definitely want to steal his vocal chain.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure you listen carefully at your full project. Never hesitate to do it again and again, and be sure to spend time on it until you are completely satisfied. Don't rush!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I mainly work on Hip-hop/ Rap but I have pretty much done it all.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: A listening ear!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have a deep deep deep voice, so firstly I bring a different vibe. My style is not like anyone else maybe except one time I was compared to Busta Rhymes but c'mon he's a legend please don't compare me to that. But I would mainly have to say that I have a strong ability for what sounds hot and am very tedious in the sense that things need to be done over and over until we get the perfect cut. Oh and I got hooks for days!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I have something waiting for me by morning, I usually hop on the elliptical for a half hour, the run downstairs to grab that all important coffee, then once I sit in the studio chair, I don't get up until i'm finished with my setup. Set up consists of making sure whatever I received is in the right places. Vocals nicely trimmed, sound balanced, tonality ready and volumes at proper gain. Of course the more tracks I get the longer this will take and I can get lost in time because I am totally in the zone. That's all for the mixing process, you don't want to know my writing process.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is a three Pc setup that includes a mac and some audio interfaces. I say some because I have a few connected. I work on the latest Pro Tools DAW and have a nice size vocal booth, it could fit about five people. Some studio lights because I stream video games during my off times and a bunch of books that I read to keep that mental sharpness.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: On the musicians side the most inspiring for me is Eminem and Kanye. on the editing and audio side of things I gotta go with my man, Dave Pensado.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of the time i'm either doing beats or mixing their music.